I grew up in a small town in the northwest of Germany. After completing my A-Levels, I moved to Berlin to do my undergraduate degree in German Linguistics and French Studies, and then an MA in German as a Foreign Language (an interdisciplinary course combining linguistics, language acquisition research, and teaching and learning methodology). I spent six months in South Africa, teaching German at a language school in Cape Town, and one semester in France, studying and doing an internship at Université Aix-Marseille.
After a few short-term teaching jobs and a year as a language assistant at Newcastle University, I took up the post as DAAD-Lektor at the University of Nottingham in 2013. In this role, I teach German language at all levels as well as a module on contemporary Germany and a linguistics module on the teaching and learning of foreign languages. I also organise a number of co-curricular activities and projects. I love teaching and working with my students, it is such a rewarding job! I’m very keen to make my classes as engaging as possible and to introduce innovations and try a variety of approaches. You can read about one of my recent ‘learning by teaching’ projects here.
In 2014, I started a Doctorate in Education at the University of Nottingham. This enables me to pursue my love for interdisciplinarity. I find it fascinating to approach problems from various angles and to look at the interfaces of disciplines, in particular linguistics, language acquisition research and education.
I’m really looking forward to curating @WetheHumanities for a week. I’ll be tweeting about a variety of topics related to my interests: linguistics, German studies, language teaching and learning, education (including the occasional rant about educational policy), interdisciplinarity and my life as an early-career teacher in higher education and doctoral researcher (which includes lots of coffee during the day and cocktails at night…). I quite regularly tweet about these topics as @SaschaStollhans.