Dietmar Wozniak

 

Director and Language Co-ordinator for German

Languages for All

Contact details

Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

As director of Languages for All I have overall responsibility for the team’s activities and the University's Institute Wide Language Programme (IWLP). In addition, I teach German language at all levels and offer modules on German politics.

Qualifications

1.Staatsexamen für die Sekundarstufe II in Sozialwissenschaften, Englisch und Pädagogik

Biography

I was a founder member of Birmingham’s language centre when I joined in 1991 as Lecturer in German. My initial role was to act as Head of German and to co-ordinate all acvtivities related to German.  Prior to Birmingham I had worked at Manchester Polytechnic, The University of Manchester, The University of Sheffield and the Goethe Institut in Manchester delivering courses in German language and politics. I became Deputy Director of the Centre for Modern Languages with overall responsibility for all undergraduate modules in 1997 whilst my role as Head of German continued. In 2009 I was appointed Director of the language centre which has changed its name to Languages for All.

Teaching

I teach a wide range of German language modules and supervise the German – English Tandem courses.  I act as the course convenor for the ab initio German language courses in language  and 'with language' degrees. I also offer a 2nd year option on German Political Parties and a final year course on the Governance and Political Culture of Germany. I also supervise projects on German politics and current affairs.

Other activities

News and Notes Editor of Deutsch: Lehren und Lernen from 2001 to 2007

External Examiner

  • The University of York 
  • City University London
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • University of Warwick  
  • University of Westminster (current)
  • University of Bath (current)

External Adviser

  • University of Liverpool

Co-Organiser AMGS conference in Birmingham, Sport in German Culture’  2006

Leader of Mini Project for Birmingham / Nuffield Foundation ELP Project led by The University of Southampton in 2003-04.

Publications

  • A Themepack on Eastern Europe, The Politics Association ResourcesBank, 1991
  • 'Parteienstaat in der Krise?', German Teaching, 1995
  • Permanente Krise – Eine Bilanz der neuen Bundesregierung, Deutsch Lehren und Lernen, 2000
  • ‘Third Way’ und Neue Mitte – zwei Seiten einer Medaille? Kontraste zwischen (New) Labour und SPD, Deutsch: Lehren und Lernen, 2001
  • Knapp, knapper, am knappsten – Eine Bilanz der Bundestagswahl von 2002, Deutsch: Lehren und Lernen, 2003
  • Welche Koalition hätten Sie denn gerne, Frau Bundeskanzlerin? – Beobachtungen zur Bundestagswahl 2005, Deutsch: Lehren und Lernen, 2006
  • Good-bye Volkspartei? Die Bundestagswahl 2009 und ihre Folgen, Deutsch: Lehren und Lernen, 2010
  • Several reviews for German Teaching / Deutsch: Lehren und Lernen

Conference Papers

  • ALL Language World 1997, University of Keele, 'Helmut Kohl und kein Ende?'
  • ALL Language World 1998, The Brighton Centre, Brighton,'Towards 2000 - Modell Deutschland'
  • ALL Language World 1999, University of York, 'Germany's political culture: the mystery unveiled
  • ALL Language World 2001, UMIST, Manchester, 'Schöne neue Welt: Die Parteien in der Berliner Republik
  • ALL German Day, Goethe Institut London, June 2001, Workshop: Deutschlands Parteien im 21. Jahrhundert
  • ALL Language World 2002, University of York, Die Bundestagswahl 2002
  • ALL Language World 2002, University of York, Oral assessment in small and medium sized group
  • IDT 2013, XV. Internationale Tagung der Deutschlehrerinnen und Deutschlehrer (International Convention of Teachers of German), Bozen/Bolzano (Italy), Integration von persönlichem (face-to-face) Tandemlernen in den konventionellen DaF Kurs 
  • 2. Saarbrücker Fremdsprachentagung 2013 (2nd Saarbrücken Conference on Foreign Language Teaching), Incorporating Face-To-Face Tandem Learning into the Traditional Language Course
  • Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University: Enhancing student performance 2014, University of Leeds, Blending face-to-face Tandem learning with the traditional course in ab initio langauge degrees. Accelerating the learning process. [forthcoming]

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