Klaus-Dieter Rossade is Senior Lecturer in German at the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University. He has been the Director of the Language Studies Programme since 2012, with particular responsibility for assurance and enhancement of academic quality and the student experience. He also chairs or is member of several steering and advisory group/projects dealing with the university’s response to the changing provision and landscape of Higher Education in all the nations across the UK.
His recent teaching activity included the production of the innovative introductory course L161 Exploring languages and cultures, as author of several units, book editor and co-chair of the academic team. The compulsory module encourages new and continuing students to learn and reflect on language as a medium for communication, intercultural communication theory and mediation at work and in digital spaces, as well as language learning methodology and practical suggestions to maximise student success in their studies. Previous production as module chair and author included a third level German course that innovated the use of digital learning environments for the study of German culture and language for multi-cultural student cohort.
He is a public speaker and has spoken about Language Studies at live events for the university such as the OU Student Hub (http://studenthublive.kmi.open.ac.uk/), at national conferences and workshops, and received awards for a public talk on “Learn to love the sound of languages” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebV0YTD0lKg).
In 2009 he advised a BBC production team for a three-part documentary on Berlin, written and presented by Matt Frei, and directed by Sam Hobkinson.
He started his academic career in Languages at University College London and, prior to that, worked for a decade in public radio and television broadcasting in Stuttgart, Germany.
His research interests currently focus on the new seven-year longitudinal research project “Winding Road to Languages” (WIROLA) on the beliefs, attitudes, motivations and progress of Language Studies students at the Open University. How studying languages and cultures changes people and the worlds around them is the overarching research question and at the heart of the whole project, which comprises a team with multidisciplinary research interests and a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods to analyse multi-modal data from participants.
He co-lead a project on "Identities, beliefs and values of Associate Lecturers (ALs) in Languages at the Open University" which investigated how ALs mediate intercultural awareness with their own beliefs and values and their distance language teaching practice.
A previous project investigated how competent speakers of another language (approximately CEFR level C1) negotiate personal identity and culture through language in asynchronous text forums, for example in final year culture courses taught in target language.
Past research includes instant messaging and social bookmarking in language learning, as well as government funded research into Language learning at keystage 2 (2007-2009). He has organised conferences, edited and published in the fields of migration, German film studies and the history of German Studies.
He is editorial board member of IJPL (International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning) and previously of GfL (German as a foreign Language). He was president of the Association of Modern German studies (AMGS) for almost a decade and co-organised conferences and edited special issues in areas relevant to the work of the AMGS.
Since joining the Open University in 1999, he has been member and author in all production and presentation academic teams in the German curriculum, chaired the production of L313 Variationen – German Language and Culture (OU Level 3, FHEQ 6, SCQF 10) and co-chaired the introductory and compulsory L161 Exploring Languages and cultures in the first two production years. From the start, he was also involved in the introduction of synchronous tuition at the Open University and early efforts in this on a Level 2 German language and culture course won the module team an OU Teaching Award (2001-2002) for "integrating Internet-based real-time audiographic conferencing tools into distance language learning". He also authored teaching units and has been lecturer and school director at the German residential schools at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany since 1999.
He is currently Director of the Language Studies Programme and was previously Head of German at the Department of Languages. Prior to that, he led or coordinated various teams and groups, including the production group of all OU Level 3 modules (French, German, Spanish, 2008-2010). His contributions to the organisation of teaching at the Open University and the Department of Languages have focussed on assessment, production efficiency, governance, online-authoring and effective delivery of modules and learning resources.
In his previous position at UCL, he coordinated the German section at the Language Centre and, as part of a multilingual team, won the Unilever Nestle-Award for Innovation in Teaching, a joint award for developing a flexible modular degree language studies programme at University College London (UCL) Language Centre.