I have been working for the Open University since February 1997, first as Lecturer in German and since August 2006 as Staff Tutor in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics. In this role, I am responsible for the recruitment, induction and staff development of language tutors. Before I came to the Open University, I was Lecturer in German at the University of Luton, now University of Bedfordshire.
My main research interests lie in the area of skills development and assessment for language learning in general and in particular in the open and distance learning (ODL) context. Most recently I have focused on peer assessment and self assessment. I have previously worked on integrating the development of basic computing skills into an intermediate level German course and the development of speaking skills in ODL, exploring oral exam anxiety among students.
As a Lecturer in German, I worked on the development of L213 Variationen and L230 Motive. Later I was course team chair for L130 Auftakt for several years and led a team in developing and then running the first free-standing residential school in German at the OU, LXR132 Kapriolen. I have taught residential schools in Jena and Manchester for both Kapriolen (LXR132) and Motive L203, and course directed German and French residential schools in Jena, Manchester and Caen. I was also an associate lecturer on two of the German courses, L313 Variationen and L130 Auftakt. Externally to the Open University, I have been an academic editor for four German A-level and IB text books published by advance materials (www.advancematerials.co.uk).
From 2008 to 2017 I represented the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics on the Board of Routes into Languages East, a government initiative to support the progression of school language learners to higher education.
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