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I have received my PhD (Doctor Philosophiae) and MA (Magister Artium) in German as a Foreign Language (major) and in English Literature and Spanish/Latin-American Literature (minors) from the Philosophical Faculty of Linguistic and Literary Studies II of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany.
German as a Foreign Language is a new branch of Germanistics (linguistics, literature, didactics, methodology, intercultural studies) which focuses on an approach from the perspective of the linguistic, literary and cultural other.
My PhD advisor was Harald Weinrich.
I have previously taught at the University of Munich, at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and at the University of Waterloo.
At the present moment I am preparing an article on the staging of the artist in university second-language drama productions for scenario. language. culture. literature, a journal for drama and theatre in foreign and second-language education. I am a peer reviewer for the same journal.
I have also embarked on a research project for scenario with the purpose of generating a report on the state of drama pedagogy in second language acquisition at institutions within the educational system in Canada.
In March 2016 I produced, coordinated and directed a multilingual and multicultural theatre night (Languages Attract) involving skits (authored by first-year students) and scenes presented in French, Spanish, Arabic and German.
I have staged a total of nine theatre productions in German, mostly connected to the course GM220: Performance in German: eight at Wilfrid Laurier University, one at the University of Waterloo.
My role was that of a producer, director and occasionally writer of the dramatic script (sometimes co-authored by students). With many music students participating, some were done in collaboration with the Faculty of Music.
For many years I have organized German Immersion Weekends in the countryside in collaboration with the University of Guelph. Students could participate in German drama workshops, experience the cuisines of the German-speaking world and relax during a German movie night.
For the last ten years I have been administering the Annual German Language and Video Contest for high school students in the Waterloo Region. Quite frequently former contest participants and winners return as Laurier students in the following year.
All students enrolled in GM220 have the opportunity to be part of a public theatre production in German.
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