Research/Language Interests: Second language acquisition, foreign language pedagogy, authentic materials in L2 teaching and learning, in particular film, study abroad
Education: Ph.D. in German (Applied Linguistics), University of Wisconsin-Madison (1999) M.A. in German (Linguistics), University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994) B.A. in German Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (1990)
Affiliated Departments: Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition (http://www.sla.wisc.edu/)
Undergraduate Courses: German 258: Intermediate German Reading German 372: Topics in German Culture: Deutscher Film und deutsche Kultur Recent topics: German food culture From the Wall to the Wende and Beyond
Graduate Courses: German 720/722: Theory and Practice of Teaching College German German 727: Topics in Applied Linguistics Recent topics: Collaborative Teaching and Learning Cross-cultural Understanding and Authentic Materials The Study Abroad Experience Reception in FL Instruction: Theory and Practice
About Me: I am an applied linguist who came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2010. Prior to that I taught at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in German language and applied linguistics and am affiliated with the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition here at UW-Madison (http://www.sla.wisc.edu/). As director of the German language program, I coordinate first- through fourth-semester German and supervise teaching assistants. In addition, I develop and supervise Intermediate German: Reading (German 258), one of three third-year language courses in the undergraduate curriculum. Current research projects focus on the use of authentic materials, especially film, in language learning. I am the co-author of the second-year German textbook Cineplex: Intermediate German Language and Culture Through Film (2014) and sole author of Cinema for German Conversation (2009). I also have a special interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and has a co-authored chapter titled “Signature Pedagogies in the Language Curriculum” in Exploring More Signature Pedagogies (Stylus, 2012).
Cineplex: Intermediate German Language and Culture Through Film. (2014). Cambridge, MA: Hackett Publishing, Focus Imprint. (with R. Zachau and C. Collenberg-Gonzalez)
Cineplex: Intermediate German Language and Culture Through Film Workbook. (2014). Cambridge, MA: Hackett Publishing, Focus Imprint. (with R. Zachau and C. Collenberg-Gonzalez)
“Transformations and Traditions: Signature Pedagogies in the Language Curriculum”(with J. Ham). (2012). In Exploring More Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind, edited by R. Gurung, N. Chick and A. Haynie. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, pp. 27-41.
Cinema for German Conversation. (2009). Cambridge, MA: Hackett Publishing, Focus Imprint. (Ancillary: Cinema for German Conversation Instructor’s Manual)
“Gender Equity in Foreign and Second Language Learning” (lead author with C.Brantmeier, J. Wilde, and C. Kinginger) in Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education, 2nd ed., edited by Susan S. Klein. (2009). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 305-334.
“One Good Turn Deserves Another: Sustaining an Intercultural E-Mail Exchange.” (2007). Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 40.2: 183-196. (2007).
“Gender and Foreign Language Reading Comprehension: The Effects of Strategy Training,” Adult Foreign Language Reading: Theory, Research, and Implications. (2004). Special issue of the Southern Journal of Linguistics, 26.2: 45-65. (Reprinted 2009 as a chapter in Crossing Languages and Research Methods: Analyses of Adult Foreign Language Reading, edited by C. Brantmeier, pp. 147-167. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.)
“Improving Cooperation and Collaboration among Secondary and Postsecondary German Programs.” (2003). Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 35.2: 174-180.