Teaching

What drives my teaching? Helping students discover the relationship between language and their lives. Language can reveal a lot about who you are, what you know, where you come from, who you’re talking to, and what you want to communicate–even if you don’t really say any of those things. Through a blend of literature, cultural studies, foreign language pedagogy and second language reading, and sociolinguistics, my courses address that idea. My goal for all students is to help them become aware of, write about, and talk about how powerful language can be.

My teaching experience includes first- through sixth-semester German, first-year accelerated Swedish, a first-year writing seminar on language and identity, and a course on foreign language teaching and learning.

COURSES TAUGHT

Vassar College
Department of German Studies
Writing Life: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Biographies of East and West Germany (6th+semester German) course poster
Compelling Speech: German Conversational Skills (4th+ semester German)  course poster
Turning a Phrase: Writing with Style in German (5th semester German)  course poster
Lost in Translation? Writing the New Self in a Different Language (Freshman Writing Seminar)  course poster
Beginning German I and II: Stories of Childhood (1st- and 2nd-semester German)
Intermediate German I: Identities in Contemporary Germany (3rd-semester German)

Department of Education
Foreign Language Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice   course poster  syllabus

University of Texas at Austin, Department of Germanic Studies
First-Year German I
First-Year German II
Accelerated Second-Year German
Accelerated First-Year Swedish

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Beginning German I
Intermediate German II: Special Topics: Austria