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Lecturers

Over 60 lecturers and assistant lecturers are listed below and sorted by language. Office hours for lecturers are listed, while office hours for assistant lecturers are not offered at the Language Centre. A primary contact is listed for any single language with multiple lecturers. Please contact this person first for general questions.


Ancient Greek

Susanne FullHide
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has been offering intensive courses in Ancient Greek at the University of Bayreuth since 2021. Her main occupation has been teaching Greek, Latin and German at Bavarian grammar schools for many years. The course is designed, in particular, for students preparing for the Graecum, but also for anyone interested in the ancient Greek language, its literature and culture.  


Arabic

Dr. Saleh Khalil Srouji Hide
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has been teaching Arabic as a lecturer at the Language Centre since 2007. He studied Arabic, Islamic Studies, English, American Studies and Ethnology and has been a lecturer, literary scholar, author and poet for many years.

'When I write, I enjoy many freedoms: Sometimes I write from left to right and sometimes from right to left. Then in the middle the languages mix and come closer together.'

                                       اللُّغة، كلّ لُغة، هي كالبيت الذي تنفتح نوافذه على ثقافة وتاريخ وديانة الشعوب الأخرى. ونوافذ اللغة العربية جميلة وواسعة مثل البحار..            

'Language, any language, is like a house that opens its windows to the culture, history and religion of other people and peoples. The windows of the Arabic language are beautiful and wide like the seas ...' (Saleh Srouji)


Yasmine NawarHide
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has been teaching Egyptian Arabic since the winter semester 2019 and supervises the Arabic culture project (Standard Arabic) at the Language Centre of the University of Bayreuth.

The aim of the courses is for us to be able to discuss political and cultural topics in Arabic. The materials and activities used in class help students to engage intensively with the languages and cultures of the Middle East.


Heba Tebakhi (Primary contact)Hide
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has been working as a lecturer at our Language Center since October 2023. After completing her degree in Arabic Literature and Journalism at Bethlehem University, she traveled to Berlin to pursue her master's degree at the Free University of Berlin. Since 2017, she has also been teaching Arabic at the Language Center of FU and later became a lecturer at the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies. In her classes, she has been focusing on the Palestinian dialect, oral literature, and media language. Since 2019, Heba has been working as a lecturer at the Language Center of Humboldt University in Berlin. Between 2020 and 2023, she worked as a research associate in the "palRead" project at the Department of History and Cultural Studies at FU, where her focus was on Palestinian prison literature and oral literature. Here, she sought to understand how political events influence this literature.

Heba is currently a doctoral candidate at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies. In her dissertation, she is researching Palestinian oral narratives and attempting to understand them in the context of politics and the experience of exile.

One of her favorite leisure activities is reading contemporary literature from various cultures. For Heba, languages are a window through which she gains insight into the cultures, ways of thinking, and traditions of people. She shares Rita Mae Brown's belief that „Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things. But learning another way to think about things“.


  • Contact: Heba.Tebakhi@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Behelfsbau 3 (B3), Zi. 11.1

  • Phone: 0921/55-2179

  • Office hours: Wednesdays: 10-12 hours at the office or online via MS-teams by appointment.

  • Office hours in the semester break: Mondays, 10-12 hours via MS-Teams by appointment.

Manar Osman, M.A.Hide
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originally comes from Damascus in Syria and has been working as a lecturer for Arabic at the Language Centre since 2015. He studied Intercultural German Studies at the University of Bayreuth as well as Arabic Studies and Islamic Studies. He also works at primary and secondary schools in Bayreuth as an Islamic religion teacher.

More than 23 countries of the Arab League speak Arabic. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and ranks fifth among the most widely spoken languages in the world. Arabic opens the door to Arab and Islamic culture, as it plays a prominent role for all Muslims as the language of the Qur'an. While practising writing from right to left -- the Arabic characters catch the eye and charm its learners.

Goethe wrote: `In no other language is the spirit, word and writing so primordially embodied as it is in Arabic.´


Chinese

Jie Wen (Coordinator -- Primary Contact)Hide
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has been teaching Chinese at the Language Centre since the winter semester 2014/15. Does the character `文´ look familiar to you? That's right, numerous translator apps have it in their logos. It is pronounced `wen´. In Chinese, it stands for 'written language'. You can also spot it in words like 文化 (culture), 文明 (civilisation), 文学 (literature), 中文 (Chinese), 德文 (German), etc.

Our Chinese courses impart knowledge of one of the oldest languages, which is continuously changing. At the same time, they provide an opportunity to learn more about the panda's homeland. Isn't that exciting?


  • Contact: jie.wen@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), room 0.14

  • Phone: 0921/55-3631

  • Office hour: Mondays, 14–15 hours, at the office and online via MS-Teams

  • Office hour during the semester break: Mondays, 8-8.30 via Teams

Yingdi ChenHide
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teaches various Chinese courses at the Language Centre.


Zhiming WuHide
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teaches various Chinese courses at the Language Centre.


Bambara

​PD Dr. Klaudia Dombrowsky-HahnHide
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is a lecturer for Bambara at the Language Centre and knows the language through her studies in Cologne and her long study visits to Mali and Burkina Faso. Bambara has always been the working language for her research in West Africa. In recent years, she has also developed didactic materials that take the peculiarities of this language into account. While teaching the language itself, she is particularly focused on introducing students to as many aspects of West African cultures as possible.

In addition to her work at the Language Centre, Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn is an interpreter and translator for Bambara and conducts proficiency tests in Bambara for students. As a linguist, she also deals with other African languages.

A very good first impression of the beauty and richness of Bambara is given by the many proverbs. One that many students like is: bɔ̀rɔ lánkolon tɛ́ jɔ̀, 'an empty sack does not stand'. If someone is asked to work or study but has not eaten for a long time, he may retort this proverb.


  • Contact: klaudia.hahn@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), room 0.17

  • Phone:  0921/55-2215

  • Office hour: Mondays, 11–12 hours

  • Office hour during the semester break: Wednesdays, 17.30-18 hours via Teams

German as a Foreign Language

 Dr. Oliver Hepp (Coordinator -- Primary Contact)Hide
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was a freelance lecturer for many years and has been working at the Language Centre as a full-time lecturer for German as a Foreign Language (DaF) since 2018. He has been team coordinator for DaF since 2020. Oliver discovered a passion for teaching during his German studies and his doctorate (University of Bayreuth) on the vampire in 19th century literature.

Language has always played a leading role in Oliver's working life. As a journalist, he wrote about football, golf and ice hockey for the `Kicker´ sports magazine and the `Mittelbayerische Zeitung´, among others. In addition, as a research assistant in the team of Carsten Träger, Member of the Bundestag for Fürth, he wrote press releases and speeches and helped to manage Carsten's media appearances. In his free time, Oliver performs for the Studiobühne Bayreuth, likes to read or tries to find out how long it takes to watch all the shows on Netflix.


  • Contact: oliver.hepp@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), room 0.22

  • Phone:  0921/55-3501

  • Office hour: Thursdays, 10–12 hours. 

  • Office hour during the semester break: Thursdays, 11-12 hours at the office

  • No office hours on February 29 and March 21.

Felix FastHide

is passionate about teaching German as a foreign or second language. He joined the Language Centre at the University of Bayreuth in 2023. He originally studied musicology in Hamburg and came to teaching through his work as a journalist and yoga teacher. Language skills, correct pronunciation and good grammar are his main focuses.

Sophia GollHide
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has been a lecturer for German as a foreign language at the Language Center since October 2023. After studying philology in Saarbrücken and Heidelberg, she lived in Italy for several years, where she taught German at various language schools, cultural institutes, and most recently at the University of Naples. She is passionate about foreign languages and loves to pass on her own language with enthusiasm – and is constantly learning as well. She is looking forward to her new role at the Language Center. In her free time, she can be found on the basketball court or enjoying pizza and gelato in Italy.

  • Contact: sophia.goll@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Behelfsbau 3 (B3), Zi. 21

  • Phone: 0921/55-3510

  • Office hour: Tuesday, 14.30-15.30 and Thursday 12.00 - 13.00.

  • Office hour during the semester breaK. Tuesday, 14-15 hours via Teams, firstly e-mail

Jasmina JohnHide
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has been teaching German as a foreign language at the Language Centre since 2017. Jasmina enjoys teaching German to students from a wide range of countries. In her free time, she loves to be outdoors with her dog and is passionate about painting.


Cornelia von Klot-JungHide
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was born near Frankfurt and studied in Mannheim and Karlsruhe. After working in Göttingen, Hamburg and Bayreuth, she lived with her family in England for four years. There, she began teaching German as a foreign language. She has been working for the Language Centre since 2012.

Patrick KochHide
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teaches various German courses at the Language Centre.


Erik LutzHide
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loves languages, intercultural encounters and teaching. After completing his master's degree in Bayreuth, Erik became a lecturer for German as a foreign language in 2020. His main areas of focus include teaching pronunciation and intercultural communication.


Wolf-Dieter OttoHide
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Has been working as a lecturer for German as a foreign language at the Language Centre since 2017.


Thorsten ParchentHide
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is the head of Welcome and Alumni Services and looks after international members and guests of the university. He is pleased when students and researchers feel more at home in Germany and improve their future prospects as a result of their German lessons. He tries to pass on his enthusiasm for literature, music, film and art as a cultural part of language teaching. He is constantly gathering new impressions in books, at the cinema, on numerous trips or in his courses.


Thomas PohlerHide
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teaches various German courses at the Language Centre.


Julia Schwirzer Hide
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Julia has attended numerous language courses at the Language Center of the University of Bayreuth, including French and Arabic. She also spent several years living outside of Germany. Currently, she is pursuing her studies to become a second-degree teacher, and she has a deep love for books, making her a true bookworm.


Selina StruckHide
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has been teaching German as a Foreign Language at the Language Centre since the winter semester 2023/24. She enjoys travelling and has gained teaching experience at various places: from being a teaching assistant in the United States, working as an English teacher on a sailing ship, to teaching German to refugees. In her lessons, she focuses on oral communication skills and introduces her students to current social and political issues in Germany. 


Mafdi FaroukHide
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having learned German as a foreign language, Mafdi can empathize well with his students. His lessons are centered around their experiences, opinions, and daily life. Mafdy collaborates with his students to enhance their communication skills, enabling them to forge relationships and enjoy their time in Germany without language barriers. He eagerly anticipates meeting his students in person.

Mehriye SertkolHide
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After studying biochemistry, which I completed with a diploma, I was initially employed for 3 years at a start-up company in Kulmbach. When the company went bankrupt, I took a completely different career path. I learned the profession of a nurse and cared for patients on a neurological station of the Klinikum Bayreuth GmbH for 3 years. Most of the patients had traumatic brain injuries. The principal of the nursing school at that time offered me a teaching position at the newly founded school for nursing assistance, where I have been teaching for 10 years now.

Since I enjoy new professional experiences and love to teach, I started the DiDaZ program and added the subject "Intercultural Research and Intercultural Practice". That's how I ended up at the Language Center and I'm super excited to teach my first language course.

Robert WolfHide
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has been the head of the Language Centre since October 1st, 2022 and is very excited about this new task. After completing his teacher training (French-Spanish-Sports) in Erlangen and a master's degree (DaF) in Bamberg, he worked in various positions at various universities (Erlangen, Göttingen, Paderborn) and has since never lost the motivation to pass on his enthusiasm for foreign languages, but also for his native tongue, or to learn more languages himself. He is true to his motto: si te atreves a enseñar nunca dejes de aprender (If you dare to teach, never stop learning). When he's not professionally involved with languages, Robert likes to backpack across the globe or flee the scene and scuba dive.

                                   

  • Contact: robert.wolf@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building GW 1, Room 0.05

  • Phone: 0921/55-3595

  • Office hour: Mondays 11–12

  • Office hour during the semester break: Tuesdays 13-14 via Teams

Elena WieseHide

Elena Wiese will be teaching German as a foreign language at the Language Centre from the winter term 2023/24. She is fascinated by languages and is constantly learning new ones. She likes to use these for a multilingual approach when teaching German. In her free time, she is a musician and enjoys applying her musicality to exploring speech melodies. She also focuses on teaching intercultural competence to understand language in its cultural context.

German Sign Language​

Florian KufnerHide
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English

​Mary Redmond (Coordinator -- Primary Contact)Hide
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was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland's capital. There, and also later in Berlin, she studied linguistics. Mary has worked at several universities in both Ireland and Germany. She has been employed at the Language Centre of the University of Bayreuth since 2000 and was appointed head of the English department in 2011. As deputy head of the Language Centre, she supports Robert Wolf and everyone else around her.

Her personal motto is, loosely based on Socrates, Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. For Mary, each language is a world of its own, which makes the Language Centre a galaxy.


  • Contact: Mary.Redmond@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: GW I Building, Room 0.06

  • Phone: 0921/55-3099

  • Office hours during the semester: Mondays 10–12

  • Office hour during the semester break: Tuesdays 12-13 in person or on request via Teams (no office hour on 20 February & 3 April)

Gesa Dyckerhoff-Six, M.A. (Coordinator:  Teacher training programme -- Primary Contact)Hide
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is originally from Canada, has been teaching English since the winter semester 2008 and is team coordinator for the teacher training programme at the Language Centre. She likes the idea that words, like people, have good and not so good friends. For example, `acquire´ and `knowledge´ get along brilliantly, while `get´ and `knowledge´ are extremely reluctant to hang out with each other, i.e. for words, a collocation is a type of friendship. "Show me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are!" We become much more familiar with new, cool words -- and it's funnier too -- when we get to know their best buddies at the same time. Gesa loves the music of Bach, but also enjoys dancing flamenco and spending her free time on art and philosophical, social and political issues.


Patrick Mackenzie CaslerHide
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has been teaching business English and academic writing at the University of Bayreuth since 2014. Originally from Vancouver Island, Canada, he is interested in history, personal finance, self-directed learning and cultural literacy.

`Don't look for the needle in the haystack. Just buy the haystack.´  John C. Bogle

Mark DeavinHide
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has worked at the Language Centre since 2008 and teaches English for lawyers, mooting (courtroom simulation), rhetoric and debating skills. Mark considers soft skills and confidence to be very important when you need or want to work in another language. Mark's hobbies are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, drinking coffee and reading.


  • Contact: mark.deavin@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), Room 08

  • Phone: 0921/55-2053

  • Office hour: Friday 15:45 – 17:45

  • Office hour during the semester break: Friday 16-17 via Teams


​Timothy DickomeitHide
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has worked at the Language Centre since 2012 and teaches business English and legal English. He is a convinced language geek who can't resist questions like: What is the difference between credit and loan, where does the term solicitor come from, or why is appreciate sometimes ruder than it sounds? In his spare time, Timothy enjoys a good book, British comedies and all things watery, be it swimming, surfing or drinking tea.

  • Contact: timothy.dickomeit@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), Room 22

  • Phone: 0921/55-3501

  • Office hour: Tuesday 10–12

  • Office hour during the semester break: Tuesday 14-15 via Teams 

  • No office hour on March 12 and March 19

​(Susan) Joanne Heyse, M.A.Hide
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is originally from Northern Ireland and has worked in the Language Centre since 2008. As a qualified secondary language teacher, Joanne particularly enjoys being involved in the English teacher training programme in order to help students improve their English language skills. Using practical exercises, Joanne is able to help students master, or even perfect, their English pronunciation.

  • Contact: joanne.heyse@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), Room 10

  • Phone: 0921/55-2190

  • Office hour: Monday 10-12

  • Office hour during the semester break: Tuesday 10-11 via Teams . On February 13 the office hour takes place between 11 and 12 hours.

​Ashley MooreHide
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teaches various English courses at the Language Centre.

​Aysegül KuglinHide
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is a lecturer for English at the Language Centre. Ayşegül can empathise well with students who struggle with foreign languages, as she herself grew up with several languages in different countries. Having focused on English Studies, she has taught almost everything related to the subject since 2002, from grammar to literary history, translation and gender studies. After her doctorate and many years of experience at several Turkish universities, she has been working at the University of Bayreuth since the winter semester of 2022. She writes articles on novels and popular culture, deals with film adaptations and likes to use memes to explain grammar.


  • Contact: Ayseguel.Kuglin@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), Room 09

  • Phone: 0921/55-2186

  • Office hour: Wednesday 10–11; Thursday 10–11

  • Office hour during the semester break: Tuesday 11-12 viaTeams 

​Charles PeckHide
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is originally from Nebraska in the USA and has been a lecturer in English at the Language Centre since October 2021. He teaches courses for the teacher training programme, as well as courses on American politics. He is very happy to be here and to speak English with you.

  • Contact: charles.peck@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), Room 10

  • Phone: 0921/55-2190

  • Office hour: Thursday 10–12

  • Office hour during the semester break:  Thursday, 10-11 hours

  • No office hour on 7.03., 14.03., 4.04., 11.04. and 18.04.24

​Amy Jean RomigHide
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Originally from a somewhat remote community in rural Alaska, Amy has been a lecturer for English at the University of Bayreuth since 2004.

After completing her Bachelor of Science degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Amy was a lecturer at the Charles University Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové. A few years later, she completed her MA at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, after which she was a PhD candidate and lecturer there at the Department of Medieval English and Historical Linguistics. Her last stopover before Bayreuth was Davis, California, where she was an adjunct professor of college writing at the University of California.

Amy is passionate about literature, sports, and outdoor activities. She loves animals of all kinds and has a special fondness for corvids and orcas. Her favorite quote comes from the Old English elegiac poem Deor: “þæs ofereode, þisses swa mæg” -- that passed, so may this.

  • Contact: amy.romig@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), Room 08

  • Phone: 0921/55-2183

  • Office hour: Thursday 10-12; office hour on 18 January begins at 11:15 

  • Office hour during the semester break: Tuesday, 13-14 via Teams. on demand also in person.

  • No office hours on  27.02, 05.03., 11.03., 02.04. und 09.04.24

​Jane SanderHide
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comes from England and has been working at the Language Centre since 2003. She specialises in business English. Before working at the Language Centre, she was employed for many years in a management position in the marketing departments of various international companies. Jane wants her students not only to learn the language, but also manage business dealings in English-speaking countries while avoiding any cultural misunderstandings.

  • Contact: Jane.Sander@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), Room 15

  • Phone: 0921/55-2143

  • Office hour: Thursday 10:15–11:45

  • Office hour during the semester break: Monday 14-14.45 Uhr über Teams 

  • No Office hour on April 8

​Helen VayntrubHide
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is a lecturer for English and has been working at the Language Centre since 2013. She mostly teaches the English for academic purposes (EAP) courses. Before becoming an English lecturer in Germany, Helen worked as a highschool maths teacher (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus) and engineer in the USA.

Helen enjoys using digital media in the classroom and wants to be crowned ´The Moodle Queen´ when she grows up.

  • Contact: Helen.Vayntrub@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), Room 21

  • Phone: 0921/55-3505

  • Office hour: Thursday 10–12

  • Office hour during the semester break: Thursday 11-11.45 (on campus).

​Iris WhelanHide
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is originally from Ireland and teaches English at the Language Centre. Her main focus is on subject-specific English courses for economists and lawyers. However, Iris is also responsible for teaching English to staff at the University of Bayreuth. In her teaching, she places a lot of emphasis on communication and active participation according to the motto: 'Use it or lose it!'.​​

  • Contact: Iris.Whelan@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), Room 15

  • Phone: 0921/55-2143

  • Office hour: Wednesday 10–12

  • Office hour during the semester break: Tuesday, 12-13 in person or by request via Teams 

  • No office hours on February 27, March 26 and April 2.

Jens DrägerHide
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has been teaching translation at the Language Centre since 2010. His professional motto is pay attention to detail.




Ralph ReindlerHide

teaches various English courses at the Language Centre.




Kaitlyn MedinaHide
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teaches Academic Writing at the Language Center. Originally from Colorado, Kaitlyn earned her BA in English literature in 2013 before co-founding an NGO dedicated to decolonial educational work in Ghana in 2015. She has been living and working in Germany since 2016, and earned her MA in Intercultural Anglophone Studies from the University of Bayreuth in 2023. She believes there is no such thing as a stupid question.


 

 

French

Bénédicte MaitrierHide
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was born in Toulouse in the south of France and grew up in Brittany. In her free time, Bénédicte likes to sing in a choir, listen to music, go jogging or hiking, cook or travel.  Her `favourite corners´ in France are Brittany (south coast), the Alps (Annecy), the Côte d'Azur (Nice) and the Occitanie region.

In France, Bénédicte Maitrier originally taught German. Here in Bayreuth, however, she teaches French. Her areas of expertise at the Language Centre are blended learning, French for law and business, which she has also been teaching online for several years, and most recently the digitisation of language courses.

  • Contact: Benedicte.Maitrier@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), room 19

  • Phone: 0921/55-3590

  • Office hour: Wednesday, 10–12 hours. No office hour on February 7.

  • Office hour during the semester break: Mondays, 8-9 hours via Teams on the following days: 12.2. / 26.2. / 4.3. / 11. 3. / 18. 3. / 8. 4. and 15.4.24

  • No Office hour on  February 19, March 25 and April 1, 2024

Laurence Terrom-Stein (Primary Contact)Hide
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has been a French lecturer at the Language Centre since 1995 and is originally from beautiful Brittany, known for white sandy beaches, rocky coasts, wild storms and picturesque sunsets. Her motto is: `Il ne faut jamais remettre au lendemain ce que l'on peut faire le jour même!´

French is a beautiful and rich language. Laurence Terrom-Stein teaches her students not only the language, but also the French way of life, which is full of enjoyment, spontaneity and sociability. When Laurence is not teaching at the Language Centre, she enjoys the abundance of wild herbs and berries on campus or the dance events in the Glashaus.

                                            

  • Contact: laurence.terrom@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), room 19

  • Phone: 0921/55-3590

  • Office hour: Mondays, 14–16 hours

  • Office hour during the semester break: Mondays, 14-15 hours on the following days:  12.02., 19.02., 26.02., 04.03., 11.03., 18.03. and 08.04.24

  • No Office hour on March 25 and April 1, 2024

Italian

Dottoressa Bianca Maria Lento Martella (Coordinator -- Primary Contact)Hide
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is originally from Naples. She has been a lecturer for Italian since 2018, but she has been teaching at the University of Bayreuth since 2011. Bianca likes to let her students voice their opinions in class. A few of her students said the following:

`The lecturer made the lessons fun. She created a relaxed and easy-going atmosphere and conveyed content well. The teacher's joyful, energetic attitude was in itself a great motivation to come to class. I was always in a better mood at the end of class than at the beginning.´

`She was one of the nicest language teachers I had! Wonderful energy, personality and ability to explain! I am extremely happy that I chose a course with Ms. Lento. It was both exciting and successful.´

`Bianca managed to create a positive culture of mistakes -- you never felt like you were being exposed and you were able to learn much better as a result. The atmosphere was always very good and the lessons exciting, dynamic and varied.´

`I was very happy with the lecturer. Honestly, it was the most fun course in my university career.´

  • Contact: Bia.LentoMartella@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), room 24

  • Phone: 0921/55-3599

  • Office hour: Thursdays, 10.30–11.30 hours.

  • Office hour during the semester break: Fridays, 9-9.30 hours via Teams (until the end of February)

Arianna MangiliHide
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is lecturer for Italian and has been working at the Language Centre since the winter semester 2022/23. She comes from Bergamo, a northern Italian city near Milan. Arianna's favourite words in Italian are mozzafiato and guazzabuglio.

In her courses, students learn the Italian language in a playful way because Arianna makes her lessons particularly exciting by offering interactive assignments such as digital quizzes or role-playing games.

  • Contact: sprachenzentrum@uni-bayreuth.de

  •  Office hours for assistant lecturers are not offered. Please contact the administrative assistants instead.

​Dr. Luigi MartellaHide
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was born in Naples and has been part of the team of lecturers at the Language Centre since 2015. He has been a lecturer for Italian since 2021. It is important to Luigi to make learning a language easy, fun and interesting for the students. In his opinion, this is the perfect mix for language courses. In Italian lessons, he not only explains grammar, but also tells students a lot about traditions, culture and curiosities in the most beautiful country in the world.


  • Contact: luigi.martella@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), room 24

  • Phone: 0921/55-3599

  • Office hour: No office hour during the winter semester 23/24

  • Office hour during the semester break: Mondays, 9-9.30 hours via Teams

Birgit WeißHide
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has been teaching Italian for beginners (basic course G1) since the summer semester 2019. It is always a great pleasure for her to experience how much can be achieved in just one semester.

Would you like to finally know how to pronounce the contents of a menu in a ristorante or gelateria correctly and why famous Italian names from Michelangelo to Puccini to Versace are actually pronounced exactly the way you always hear them? The quickly explained pronunciation rules will give you the necessary knowledge in no time.

At the end of the semester, you will be able to describe your friends and family, ask about transport connections, understand directions, talk about your everyday habits, make private arrangements and report on your last weekend -- FANTASTICO!


Marta De GiuliHide
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is a lecturer for Italian and has been working at the Language Centre since the summer semester 2023. She is originally from Arona, a northern Italian town on Lake Maggiore, but has also lived in the USA. Marta's favourite word in Italian is stuzzichino.

  • Contact: sprachenzentrum@uni-bayreuth.de

  •  Office hours for assistant lecturers are not offered. Please contact the administrative assistants instead.

Japanese

Akiko ​MiyajimaHide
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has been teaching Japanese at the Language Centre as a lecturer since 2013. Japanese is a special language that is completely different from European languages. In the basic courses, students not only learn the unique characters and Japanese grammar, but also the Japanese way of thinking. The courses offer students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with Japanese culture and to understand and enjoy anime and manga in Japanese.

新しい世界に、ようこそ。

 

Jungo TsuchiyaHide
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comes from Yokohama, a port city near Tokyo. Jungo will be teaching Japanese starting this winter 2023/24 semester. He is looking forward to teaching not only the Japanese language, but also its culture and geography. His favorite word in Japanese is "Naseba-Naru."

Korean

​Dong Jae Lee-OttoHide
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has been teaching Korean at the Language Centre since 2007. Anyone can easily learn the Korean language '한글' and its unique writing system. 사랑해요, 한국어!


Latin

Günter LangHide
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has been a lecturer for Latin at the Language Centre of the University of Bayreuth since summer semester 2010.


Gerhard Feldmeier Hide
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teaches Latin. In parallel with his teaching assignment in Bayreuth, he is studying in Bamberg through a dual program (State Examination for Teaching and Master's) in Classical Philology, specializing in Latin and Greek, as well as Philosophy/Ethics. He completed his bachelor's thesis in the summer of 2022 and looks forward to showing students that one can find joy in the "dead" language of Latin and gain valuable insights from Roman culture and literature. The path to obtaining the Latinum, a prerequisite for many other fields of study, is intended to be enriching. For this, the old Roman saying applies: „Fortes Fortuna iuvat.“ – „Fortune favors the bold“



Norwegian

Gusa VódakHide
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has been a lecturer at the Language Centre of the University of Bayreuth since the summer semester of 2023.  

"Once upon a time there was a Norwegian woman - she ran ski marathon Birkebeiner, looked for spots in the forest, played the Hardanger fiddle and painted traditional Norwegian "rosemaling". But now she lives in Bavaria and wants to teach you the Norwegian language."

Maybe you already understand a few words: "Hytte, skitur, fottur, vaffel, sjakk, regn, snø, skinke, kaffe, bursdag". But "yr, vy, ås, hygge, nistepakke, grøt, pølse, syltetøy, dupeditt, utepils, oppholdsvær, huttetu, vriompeis" aren't quite so simple anymore, are they? Are you curious and want to learn more about the Norwegian language?

Polish

Malgorzata ​Macyk-MayerHide
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comes from a small town in south-western Poland. After completing a master's degree in Polish philology at the University of Wroclaw, she came to Bayreuth via a diversion in Bordeaux. In Bayreuth, she found many similarities between Franconia and Poland, but also many exciting differences. And so you can talk to her about many topics, such as languages, films, music, politics or cooking.


Barbara Sabarth ​, M.A.Hide
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has been teaching Polish at the Language Centre since 1985. At that time, her name was Barbara Skowron-Ndolo. In addition to teaching, she also managed the Language Centre's media library. Barbara has repeatedly organised excursions to the University of Bayreuth's Polish partner university in Poznan. She also offers these activities as part of the Deutsch-Polnische Gesellschaft Bayreuth e.V. (German-Polish Society Bayreuth).

Polish is a fantastic language -- but it is not for the faint-hearted. In the courses, the students learn, among other things: 1) what Polish dumplings have to do with the boats of (almost) the same name in the Amazon region; 2) that Germans eat wieners, while the Poles enjoy frankfurters; 3) that `brotherhood´, `jeans´ or `like´ can also look like `bruderszaft´, `dżinsy´ or `lajk´; 4) that from the 16th to the 18th century, Poles lived in a commonwealth that they shared with Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Germans, Russians, Jews, Roma, Armenians, Latvians, Estonians and Tatars; 5) that a margrave's daughter from Bayreuth almost became a Polish queen.


Portuguese

​Mayumi Ura-ZimmermannHide
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was born in Brazil and grew up bilingual with Portuguese and Japanese. She has been teaching Portuguese at the Language Centre of the University of Bayreuth since 1998, first as an assistant lecturer, and since 2015 as a lecturer.

Why should you learn Portuguese? In which countries of the world is Portuguese an official language? On a global level, how important can Portuguese still become? Mayumi Ura-Zimmermann teaches Portuguese with a lot of enthusiasm and joy. In addition, she teaches students a lot of interesting facts about the language and its position in the world.


  • Contact: Mayumi.Ura-Zimmermann@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), room 0.14

  • Phone: 0921/55-3631

  • Office hour: Wednesdays, 12:15–13:15 hours

  • Office hour during the semester break: 06.02., 23.02., 01.03. and 19.04.24, 10.30-11.00  hours via Teams

Éverton Souza da SilvaHide
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Éverton Souza da Silva is an environmental engineer passionate about languages, culture and teaching. Learning languages always fascinated him growing up, with the vision that each language learned opens up a new culture, a new history, and a new world. Thus, everywhere he has been he proposed himself to teach a language. While in the UK for his year abroad, he taught Portuguese; and in Brazil, he used to teach English and Spanish. Now here in Germany, he starts a new chapter sharing again his mother tongue - Brazilian Portuguese -, and, of course, his culture. So, embark on this journey with him and “vamos aprender português”!


 

Russian

Angelina Beck-KolesnikovaHide
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is able to combine her work with her hobby, the study of the Russian language and literature, thanks to her position as a lecturer for Russian at the Language Centre. She has been teaching her native tongue, which is one of the top seven world languages, to students at the Language Centre since the winter semester 2000. She likes to work with the latest textbooks and methods and adapts her teaching to the individual needs and interests of her students. And you? Can you already read the Cyrillic script? Добро пожаловать на курс русского языка!


  • Contact: angelina.kolesnikova@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), room 0.14

  • Phone: 0921/55-3631

  • Office hour: Mondays, 10:15–11:45 hours

  • Office hour during the semester break: Monday, 10.15-11.00 hours via Teams

  • No Office hour between March 11 - 28 

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Swedish

Sara MellbyHide
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has been teaching Swedish as a lecturer at the University of Bayreuth since 2011 and has noticed time and again that Swedish is still a bit of a challenge for many of the students -- especially its pronunciation.

Those who start learning Swedish initially think they have encountered a somewhat crazy mixture of German and English. Written words can quickly be made up. But anyone who for years has ordered `Köttbullar´ in the restaurant at IKEA will learn in the course that the correct pronunciation is [Schöttbüllar]. Experience shows that such phonetic skills make students sweat. At the same time, however, the cheerful sound of the language, the typical `singsang´, elicits an unconscious smile from them. Learning Swedish simply puts you in a good mood!

True to her motto `Learning by doing!´, Sara's courses build on interaction and presence, which leads to a good atmosphere -- and that is what is special about her language courses.


Spanish

María José Ruiz Frutos, M.A. ​(Coordinator -- Primary Contact)Hide
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was born in Madrid and is the team coordinator for Spanish. She came to Bayreuth in 2003 for her Erasmus studies and was very enthusiastic about the great diversity of the Language Center.  At that time that she attended language courses in German, Swahili as well as Turkish, she also was able to expand her passion for languages in her studies of Hispanic & German Studies and Foreign Language Teaching.  Areas of interest to her are natural language processing, intercultural communicative competence, and technologies in foreign language teaching.

Since 2005 she has been teaching Spanish at the University of Bayreuth, her favorite word being ¿vale? She sees language teaching as a means of interacting with other people and learning about other cultures. For her, every language is like a bicycle that allows you to reach different destinations, to develop yourself and to always enjoy the ride! She also enjoys discovering new places on her bike. ¡Vamos!

  • Contact: ruizfrutos@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Behelfsbau 3 (B3), Zi. 0.24

  • Phone: 0921/55-3597

  • Office hour: Fridays, 08:00–10:00 hours.

  • Office hour during the semester break: Tuesdays, 09-10.00 Uhr via Teams 

  • No office hour on

Pablo López TatoHide
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is a lecturer. He has been a lecturer at the Language Centre since 2014. The Spanish language -- spoken with its various accents -- is the gateway to a multitude of peoples, cultures and ways of life. Pablo tries to convey a touch of this in his teaching and to introduce his students to more than just the language. He is particularly interested in literature, music, sports and theatre.

Si te interesa aprender y descubrir de verdad esta lengua, ¡no dudes en apuntarte a nuestros cursos!


  • Contact: pablo.lopez-tato@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), room 0.12

  • Phone: 0921/55-3569

  • Office hour: Thursdays, 11–12 hours

  • Office hour during the semester break: Tuesdays, 13.00-13.30 hours via Teams

Eugenia Catalina Blanco FernándezHide
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teaches various Spanish courses at the Language Centre.


  • Contact: catalina.blanco@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), room 0.12

  • Phone: 0921/55-3569

  • Office hour: temporarily no office hours

  • Office hour during the semester break: Mondays, 8.30-9.30 hours via Teams 

  • No Office hour on

Giovanna DassoHide
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has been teaching Spanish since 1999. She really enjoys meeting new people every semester and teaching them about her culture as well as her native tongue. Her motto in Spanish is: disfruta y vive la vida todos los días que solo es una.

Amelia KühlmannHide
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is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico. After completing her doctoral studies in environmental psychology (1987-1994), she began working as a language instructor at the University of Bayreuth. She enjoys working with students and the challenges of teaching the Spanish language. Her goal in teaching is to give students the opportunity to speak in Spanish from the very beginning of the semester.  ListosEmpecemos!


​Cristina Martínez Mesas, M.A.Hide
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is originally from Barcelona and has been a Spanish lecturer at the Language Centre since 2009, but she has been part of the teaching team since 2005. For Cristina, the most beautiful thing about teaching Spanish is the diversity that this language offers: in 21 countries on four continents, around 591 million people speak this language. Spanish -- although spoken with different accents -- unites many countries that differ in terms of their history, culture, gastronomy, music and landscape.


  • Contact: Cristina.Martinez@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building 3 (B3), room 0.24

  • Phone: 0921/55-3569

  • Office hour: Tuesdays, 9–10 hours.

  • Office hour during the semester break: Mondays, 10-10.30 hours via Teams

  • No Office hour on February 19, March 18 and 25

Mariela MiraHide
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teaches Spanish at the Language Centre in Bayreuth as a lecturer. She is originally from Argentina. Mariela loves Mafalda, tango, movies and much more.


Robert WolfHide
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has been the head of the Language Centre since October 1st, 2022 and is very excited about this new responsibility. After completing his teacher training (French-Spanish-Sports) in Erlangen and a master's degree (DaF) in Bamberg, he worked in various positions at various universities (Erlangen, Göttingen, Paderborn) and has since never lost the motivation to pass on his enthusiasm for foreign languages, but also for his mother tongue, or to learn more languages himself.  He is true to his motto: si te atreves a enseñar nunca dejes de aprender, 'If you dare to teach, never stop learning'. When he's not professionally involved with languages, Robert likes to backpack through world history or lose himself in scuba diving.

              

  • Contact: robert.wolf@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building GW 1, roon 0.05

  • Phone: 0921/55-3595

  • Office hour: Mondays, 11–12 hours

  • Office hour during the semester break: Tuesdays, 13-14 hours via Teams

Swahili

Dr. phil. Serena Talento (Coordinator -- Primary Contact) Hide
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has been teaching Swahili since winter semester 2015. According to UNESCO, Swahili  is one of the ten most spoken languages in the world.

Her favourite Swahili proverb is: subira huvuta heri.


  • Contakc: serena.talento@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Buiding 3 (B3), room 0.17

  • Phone: 0921/55-5368

  • Office hour during the semester break: Wednesdays, 10-11 hours online, beginning February 28.

Shani Khalfan (M.Ed TEKSOL)Hide
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is an Swahili Instructor from State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), Currently she is teaching Swahili at University of Bayreuth. Swahili is the most spread African language around the world.

  • Contakc: shani.kahlfan@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Buiding 3 (B3), room 0.17

  • Phone: 0921/55-5368

  • Office hour:

  • Office hour during the semester break: Tuesdays + Thursdays, 11-13 Uhr, contact via e-mail first. On01.08., 03.08.008.08. and 10.08.23 the office hour will take place at the office.

Turkish

Erkan BilgeHide
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teaches various Turkish courses at the Language Centre.


Ukrainian

Tetiana SpirinaHide
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A warm welcome!  Вітаю!


Wolof


Dr. Moussa DieneHide
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holds a Doctorate in Language Sciences from the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (Senegal) and a Certicate of Advanced Studies from Unidistance (Switzerland). He worked at the University of Ottawa as a visiting researcher and then as a teaching assistant in the French department. His research focuses on linguistic, sociolinguistic and translational issues concerning the Wolof-French language pair in the literary, media and cultural fields.

  • Contact: moussa.diene@uni-bayreuth.de

  • Office: Building B3, room 11.2

  • Phone: 0921/55-2232

  • Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 10.15 - 12.15 in person or Zoom. (firstly e-mail).

  • Office hour during the semester break: Wednesday, 10-11 hours in person or Zoom (firstly e-mail)


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