Category Archives: Work

Photos: Summery Views of Vechta

As longtime readers may remember, I taught at the University of Vechta for a while. And yesterday, I had the opportunity to teach in Vechta again, though not at the university this time, but at the St. Antoniushaus, a conference … Continue reading

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Photos: Magical Hoarfrost

Our current cold spell is still continuing with temperatures as low as minus nine degrees Celsius last night. My students, who hail from Syria, Iran and Eritrea, are not used to such weather at all and a lot of them … Continue reading

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A New Job and a Blast from the Past

I’m sorry that I’ve been scarce for a while, but this week I started a new job of sorts, teaching German to refugees. It’s very rewarding, but also quite stressful, particularly in the first week of class, where things haven’t … Continue reading

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Problematic content in English textbooks used at German schools

In the course of the teacher training class I currently teach at the University of Vechta, we looked at English textbooks used at German schools. Now textbooks have gotten a lot better since my day, when we sometimes had books … Continue reading

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Vechta Photos: Roadside Views

As I mentioned before, I am teaching two classes at the University of Vechta this winter semester. Classes started two weeks ago, which partly accounts for the relative lack of blogging, because class preparation takes up quite a bit of … Continue reading

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Vechta Photos and the Best Bakeries in Northwest Germany

I’ve been keeping this under wraps until all the papers have been signed, but in the fall semester I will be teaching English at the University of Vechta again. I already taught English at Vechta a couple of years ago. … Continue reading

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PowerPoint Presentation about the 2013 Danube Flood

For one of my customers, I created a PowerPoint presentation about clean-up efforts after the recent Danube flood in Bavaria and uploaded it to Slideshare. The focus of the presentation is on the German federal disaster relief organisation THW using … Continue reading

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Halle – A Blast from the Past

I’m here in Halle on Saale, enjoying the interesting and varied presentations on a broad spectrum of linguistic topics. My own presentation was on Friday afternoon and everything went well. Apparently, the papers will even be collected in a print … Continue reading

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Early March Linkdump

Aeon Magazine has a very good article by Damien Walter about the importance of creating a culture of creativity. Considering how you have to fight as a teacher to be allowed to bring a bit of creativity into your classes … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day Linkdump

Yes, I know it was yesterday, but I’m certainly not going to call it Superbowl linkdump. The New York Times has a great article about Gérard de Villiers, a French writer of pulpy spy novels, which happen to be oddly … Continue reading

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