Dr John Goodyear

Dr John Goodyear

Department of Modern Languages
Lecturer (Teaching) English as a Modern Foreign Language (EMFL)

Contact details

Address
Ashley Building Rm G10
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

As Lecturer (Teaching) English as a Modern Foreign Language (EMFL), John Goodyear is currently designing and developing a brand new degree programme for overseas students. Alongside this curriculum development work, he is also teaching German core language to first year undergraduates as well as German on the Languages for All (LfA) programme.

In addition to his teaching role at the University of Birmingham, Goodyear is researching post-war Anglo-German theatre life, specifically in the context of the Globe theatre in Oldenburg, Germany. He recently appeared on BBC Radio WM to talk about the project.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Queen Mary, University of London
  • MA, Aston University in German Cultural Studies, Birmingham (Distinction)
  • BSc, Aston University in Modern Foreign Languages with a Placement Year Abroad (First Class Honours) 

Biography

  • BSc, Aston University in Modern Languages with a Placement Year Abroad (1999-2003)
  • MA, Aston University in German Cultural Studies (2003-2004)
  • Teacher of English as a Foreign Language at Handan Lilac Education Group, Hebei (2004-2006)
  • PhD, Queen Mary, University of London (2006-2010)
  • Director of Studies, Academy of English, Oldenburg, Germany (2010-2017)
  • German Teacher Fellow, University of Birmingham (January 2018-August 2019)
  • Lecturer (Teaching) English as a Modern Foreign Language (September 2019-Present)

Teaching

John teaches the following undergraduate courses in the Department of Modern Languages:

  • LC English Core I - Advanced: English language and cultures
  • LC English Core II - Advanced: English language and cultures

Research

John Goodyear researches areas of modern German cultural history at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century (Jahrhundertwende), including

  • Representations of music and musical life in German modernist literature
  • Intellectual legacy of German-Jewish philosopher Theodor Lessing (1872-1933)
  • Urban social history of twentieth-century German city noise
  • Phenomena of Musikstädte of Vienna, Munich and Berlin

Goodyear is currently working on a research project in the context of the renovation of the Globe theatre in Oldenburg, Germany. This research focuses on Anglo-German theatre life in occupied Germany immediately after the Second World War. 

Other activities

Academic prizes:

  • Co-recipient of the Higher Education Futures Institute (HEFi) Award for Digital Learning for the Virtual Year Abroad (VYA), July 2021
  • DAAD Grant Award for Research Stay for University Academics and Scientists, 2018  
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Overseas Study Award, 2009
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award, 2007–9
  • Westfield Trust Studentship Award, Queen Mary, University of London, 2006–9
  • German Embassy Prize for best Bachelor dissertation in German in the United Kingdom, 2003
  • John Stagg Memorial Prize for best written German examination at Aston University
  • 2003 University Prize for best final year student in Modern Languages at Aston University, 2003 

Media experience

Unsere Geschichte. Happy Birthday Niedersachsen on the 75th anniversary of the founding of the federal state of Lower Saxony, Germany
The Globe Theatre - Restoring the last remaining Forces cinema in Germany
Ray at 60 | Teil1 | 27.01.2020

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