As a Lecturer in German at the Open University's School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, I design courses and materials for language learning at a distance. I have a background in Applied Linguistics and second language pedagogy, and am particuarly interested in how learners can develop their interactive competence 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: