As a Lecturer within the German section at the Department of Languages with a background in Applied Linguistics, I design distance language learning materials and have an interest in how our learners study with these materials and how they develop their language competence using both more traditional learning resources as well as interacting in online environments.
I have researched student use of online environments for language learning, have been involved in setting up LORO, a repository of language teaching resources inspired by the Open Educational Resources movement, and am currently investigating the potential of vicarious participation in recorded online tutorials for second language development.
second language acquisition
open Educational Resources
approach, design and implementation of online activities in a distance learning course
collaborative writing of Open Educational Resources for language learning
I enjoy developing multimedia language learning materials, and am particularly interested in developing students' spoken linguistic competence in a distance learning environment and in raising cultural awareness.
I've contributed to teaching at the OU in the following roles: