I graduated from Göttingen University with a degree in German and Japanese Studies. Before joining Liverpool University in
1999 I taught at universities and Goethe Institutes in Göttingen, Tokyo and Cambridge. For my PhD I investigated the impact of independent learning practices on motivation and achievement.
I teach linguistics, with a focus on Applied Linguistics and German Sociolinguistics. I am interested in language learning processes, in particular in the impact of independent learning and motivation on achievement. I am currently looking into the role of digital literacies, participation in online environments and reflection for foreign language learners. As the Director of the Language Teaching Team and Lead of the University Languages Strategy I have a chance to directly apply new research results in Applied Linguistics, Psycholinguistics and Language Pedagogy into the teaching of Modern Languages in the University.
- Invited member (Language Learning Framework: Project Group, supported by the British Council 2016)
- Invited member (Quality Assurance Agency Benchmark Review 2014)
- Invited member (Quality Assurance Agency Benchmark Review 2007)
- Invited Speaker (Invitation to Speak, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge 2006)
- Invited member (Specialist Advisory Board of the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies 2005-2011 2005)
- Past roles include Head of German and University Languages Strategy Lead
- Academic Advisor and Programme Director, Continuing Education Modern Languages Programme
- Director, Languages Teaching Team