Most of my students will already have seen this penguin in our classes last week, as I usually use it to introduce myself. Penguins have always been my favourite animals, and as a child, I was obsessed with them. You can imagine how happy my inner child was when I actually got to see penguins in real life when I lived in Cape Town for a few months!
I mention Cape Town because living in Cape Town was a life-changing experience for me. I studied Linguistics and French in Berlin, and as part of my degree, I did a six-month internship teaching German in Cape Town. Language has always fascinated me but it was during my internship when I discovered how much I love teaching and working with students, and I decided to make teaching my career.
I went back to Berlin to complete a Master’s in Applied Linguistics/Language Teaching (during which I spent a semester in the sunny south of France).
In 2012, I moved to the UK and I’ve since taught German at various universities. After a short break from university life, during which I worked for a translation company, I joined DeLC in September 2018, and I absolutely love it!
And what a year it is to join DeLC – not only has the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide crowned us top department for German in the UK, we’ve also admitted more than 80 new students on our first-year German courses. A record number! This makes me incredibly proud to be here, but I’m also aware that I have big shoes to fill!
In DeLC, I co-ordinate the German language teaching and the German year abroad. So far, I’ve been absolutely impressed with our students – they are all such inspiring and keen linguists. I love the international, global and open-minded atmosphere of our little DeLC community.
I really look forward to meeting all my students properly in the next few weeks. Feel free to knock on my door and say “Guten Tag” when you’re around!