As a Lecturer in German at the Open University's School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, I have been designing courses and developing materials for language learning at a distance for over 20 years. I have a background in Applied Linguistics and second language pedagogy and a keen interest in all aspects of second language development. I am particuarly interested in how learners can develop their interactive competence in online environments.
Before joining the Open Unviersity I taught German language and culture to students from beginner to postgraduate level at Mid-Kent College of Higher and Further Education.
I have researched student use of online environments for language learning and have recently lead on the development of a suit of German-language MOOCs with an employment focus. As part of my doctoral studies, I have been investigating the potential of vicarious participation in recorded online tutorials for second language development.
I enjoy curriculum development and have extensive experience in course design and developing multimedia language learning materials for distance learners. I am especially interested in developing students' cultural awareness and interactive competence in German. I have developed learning materials related to diverse topic areas including geography, education, stereotypes and film. Recently, I have been working on an EU-funded Massive Open Online Course with a 'German for work' focus.
I have contributed to teaching at the OU in the following roles:
Open University module production and presentation: