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Drama and theatre pedagogy in second-language acquisition / second-language theatre performances.
Biography / Academic Background
I have received my PhD (Doctor Philosophiae) and MA (Magister Artium) in German as a Foreign Language (major) and in English Literature and Spanish/Latin-American Literature (minors) from the Philosophical Faculty of Linguistic and Literary Studies II of the University of Munich, Germany. I have previously taught at the University of Munich, at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and at the University of Waterloo.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
At the present moment I am preparing an article on the staging of the artist in university second-language drama productions for scenario. language. culture. literature, a journal for drama and theatre in foreign and second-language education. I am a peer reviewer for the same journal.
I am also preparing for a public performance night on campus for fall 2015, involving skits and scenes presented in all the languages taught at the Department of Languages and Literatures.
Awards and Achievements
I have staged a total of eight theatre productions in German, mostly connected to the course GM220: Performance in German: seven at Wilfrid Laurier University, one at the University of Waterloo.
My role was that of a producer, director and occasionally writer of the dramatic script (sometimes co-authored by students). With many music students participating, some were done in collaboration with the Faculty of Music.
1999: Rafik Schami: Die Befreiung der Träume (The Liberation of Dreams)
2002: Elias Canetti: Der Ohrenzeuge (The Ear-witness)
2003: Wer war Mozart? (Who was Mozart?)
2005: E.T.A. Hoffmann Fest
2008: Faust (In Cooperation with the Puppet Shadow Theatre of Kitchener Waterloo)
2008: Die Macht der Nixen (Mermaid Power)
2012: Else und Franz (Scenes from the lives of Else Lasker-Schüler and Franz Marc)
2014: Kaffee, mein Geliebter! (Coffee, my Beloved!) (University of Waterloo)
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am administering the Annual Grade 12 German High School Contest. Quite frequently former contest participants and winners return as Laurier students in the following year.
For many years I have organized German Immersion Weekends in the countryside in collaboration with the University of Guelph. Students could participate in German drama workshops, experience the cuisines of the German-speaking world and relax during a German movie night.
All students enrolled in GM220 have the opportunity to be part of a public theatre production in German.
Von der Kunst des Lobens. Eine Analyse der Textsorte Laudatio (The Art of Praising. An Analysis of the Genre of the Academic Encomium), Munich 1993.
Chapter in a book:
“Laudationes auf Wissenschaftler” (Encomia on Scholars), in: Harald Weinrich (ed.): Linguistik der Wissenschaftssprache (Linguistics of Scholarly Language), Berlin 1994, 217-281.
“Ei, wie schmeckt der Coffee süße … die Gestaltung des Themas Essen und Trinken im interkulturellen Deutschunterricht” (Oh, how sweet this coffee tastes … The Topic of Food and Drink in Intercultural Language Learning), ZIF (Zeitschrift für Interkulturellen Fremdsprachenunterricht) (Journal for Intercultural Foreign Language Teaching) [Online], 10 (1), 2005, 16 pp. (reviewed)
“Des Klassenzimmers großes Welttheater” (All the Classroom's a Stage), Forum Deutsch (Publishing Organ of the Goethe-Institute Canada) 13 (Herbst 2004), 36-42. (reviewed journal now)
"Nach einem Duett mit Julia höchste Exaltation. Zur Rolle von Literatur, Kultur und Musik im E.T.A. Hoffmann-Fest der Wilfrid Laurier Universität, Waterloo, Kanada" (After a duet with Julia highest exaltation. On the role of literature, culture and music in the E.T.A. Hoffmann-Fest of Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada), scenario 2 (2007), 18 pp. (reviewed)