TEACHING

My goal is to teach students a general understanding of the German language and linguistics. It has been my experience that this works best when the students feel valued and supported and when they can contribute by comparing and transferring knowledge. In order to constantly improve the quality of my teaching, I regularly collect student feedback and completed the “NRW-Zertifikat Professionelle Lehrkompetenz für die Hochschule” (certificate for competence in professional university-teaching) in 2018.

Teaching at University of Cologne (2015 – 2019)

Introductory courses

Introductory courses to German linguistics are aimed at early undergraduate students. These courses are held twice per week (4 periods per week) and are evaluated via a final exam. There are usually between 30 and 60 students per course.

Semesters taught: SoSe 2015, WiSe 2015/16 (2 courses), SoSe 2016, WiSe 2017/18, WiSe 2018/19, SoSe 2019, WiSe 2019/20

 

Academic Writing for Linguists

This is an advanced course for undergraduate students. These courses are taught once a week (2 periods per week) or as a block seminar and are evaluated via Activity (presentations and/or essays). There are usually 10 to 30 students per course.

Semesters taught: SoSe 2016, WiSe 2016/17 (block), SoSe 2017 (block)

 

Teaching at University of Cambridge (2016 – 2017)

The teaching of German as a foreign language was held in terms of supervisions (individual teaching or small groups of max. 3 students) and concerned students at Pembroke and Selwyn Colleges. Depending on the level of the students, the teaching would focus on oral practice (first years), translation English-German (second years) or text production and analysis (fourth years). Additionally, I held guest lectures on the German language and its dialects at the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages and Linguistics.

Teaching at University of Tübingen (2020 – ongoing)

Introductory courses

Introductory courses to German linguistics are aimed at early undergraduate students. These courses are held once per week (2 periods per week) and are evaluated via a final exam. There are usually between 10 and 30 students per course.

Semesters taught: SoSe 2020 (2 courses), WiSe 2021/22

 

Academic Writing for Linguists

This is an advanced course for undergraduate students. These courses are taught once a week (2 periods per week) and are evaluated via Activity (weekly assignments, "Lektüreaufgaben"). There are usually 10 to 30 students per course.

Semesters taught: WiSe 2020/21, SoSe 2021

Information Structure

In weekly (online) meetings, advanced undergraduate and early graduate students and I discussed contemporary and relevant articles on the different information structural notions (i.e. topic, focus, givenness) and explored the interfaces (German syntax, phonology). The courses are evaluated via a final exam or essay. There were between 10 and 20 students per course.

Semesters taught: WiSe 2020/21, SoSe 2021

Discourse Markers

Via contemporary and relevant articles, advanced undergraduate and early graduate students acquired the notions necessary in order to describe this functional class of linguistic expressions and gained hands on experience to conduct a small corpus study. The method of exam was an oral presentation of a relevant article and the corpus data. There were between 20 and 30 students per course.

Semesters taught: WiSe 2021/22