I am an experienced language teacher having worked in a number of HE institutions in the UK and Europe including France, Portugal and my native Austria.
Over the last ten years I have come to appreciate and develop a profound understanding of language learning as a communicative and interactive process. As language learning advisor and facilitator I enjoy supporting students in reflecting upon and understanding their own learning and developing strategies on how to make the best out of their capabilities.
More recently I have particularly focussed on designing innovative language teaching materials to support autonomous and independent learning and to enhance student engagement and motivation. Of particular interest for me is to explore the benefits of audio-visual and digital technologies for language learning and recent teaching projects include the use of personal response systems in grammar lectures as well as the use of digital video production for language learning.
Engaging with language students and teachers in order to evaluate and reflect upon my practice are in my view key to the development of effective and efficient language learning. I have shared best practice and discussed findings of my teaching projects in national and international workshops and conferences.
My second area of expertise lies within German and Austrian film on which I have developed and taught modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My passion for the subject but also for engaging with the wider public has led to collaborations with local cinemas and cultural institutions on German speaking film.
(2022) Language education as public engagement: designing authentic projects on German-speaking film. In C. Hampton & S. Salin (Eds), Innovative language teaching and learning at university: facilitating transition from and to higher education (pp. 45-55). Research-publishing.net. 2022, https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2022.56.1372
(2022) Developing learner autonomy in German ab initio programmes. In U. Bavendiek, S. Mentchen, C. Mossmann, & D. Paulus (Eds.), Ab Initio Language Teaching in British Higher Education. The Case of German. UCL Press. 2022, 183-192
(2011) With Piroska Lorinczi, Hamish Gillespie: LTC8 2011 review in: Student Education Bulletin. Issue 1 (http://www.lts.leeds.ac.uk/Student_Education_Bulletin/SEB_index.php?PAGE=137&SUBPAGE=138
(2009) Österreichische Filmgeschichte als interkulturelles Experiment. In: Magali Laure Nieradka, Denise Sprecht (eds.): Fremdkörper? Aspekte der Geisteswissenschaften in der Auslandsgermanistik und im DaF-Unterricht. Berlin, Münster: LIT,153-171
(2004) Von der Produktivität der Fremderfahrung. Betrachtungen über das Lehren und Lernen an französischen Universitäten. In: Theorie und Praxis. Österreichische Beiträge zu Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Nr.8, 185-196