Dietmar Wozniak

Department of Modern Languages
Director, Languages for All
Senior Language Tutor
Co-ordinator for German, Languages for All

Contact details

Address
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

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 activities related to German. Prior to Birmingham I had worked for Manchester Polytechnic, The University of Manchester, The University of Sheffield and the Goethe Institut in Manchester delivering courses in German language and politics. In 1997, I became Deputy Director of the Centre for Modern Languages with overall responsibility for all undergraduate modules whilst my role as Head of German continued. In 2009, I was appointed Director of the language centre which changed its name to Languages for All in 2013.

Teaching

I teach a wide range of German language modules from beginners to degree level and I also offer modules on German politics and current affairs. I am the course convenor for German - English Tandem courses as well as for the beginners' German language modules in language and 'with language' degrees.

Other activities

Conference Papers

  • 3rd Saarbrücken Language Teaching Conference, Germany, October 2015
    Tandem Learning as an Efficient Path to Communicative Competence
  • 4th Annual Conference on Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University: Enhancing student performance; University of Leeds, May 2014
    ;Blending face-to-face Tandem learning with the traditional course in ab initio language degrees. Accelerating the learning process
  • 2nd Saarbrücken Language Teaching Conference, Germany, November 2013
    Face-to face tandem Learning as a complement to the traditional language course
  • XV. Internationale Tagung der Deutschlehrerinnen und Deutschlehrer, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy, (IDT) August 2013
    Integration von persönlichem (face-to-face) Tandemlernen in den konventionellen DaF Kurs
  • ALL Language World 2002, University of York, Die Bundestagswahl 2002
  • ALL Language World 2002, University of York, Oral assessment in small and medium sized groups
  • ALL German Day, Goethe Institut London, June 2001, Workshop: Deutschlands Parteien im 21. Jahrhundert
  • ALL Language World 2001, UMIST, Manchester, Schöne neue Welt: Die Parteien in der Berliner Republik
  • ALL Language World 1999, University of York, Germany's political culture: the mystery unveiled
  • ALL Language World 1998, The Brighton Centre, Brighton, Towards 2000 - Modell Deutschland'
  • ALL Language World 1997, University of Keele, Helmut Kohl und kein Ende?

Other actrivities

News and Notes Editor ‘Deutsch: Lehren und Lernen’ 2001-07

External Adviser for CertHE Modern Languages Studies and IWLP, University of Liverpool  2007

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

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

External Examiner

  • The University of York
  • City University London
  • Warwick University
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Bath
  • London Metropolitan University

Publications

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