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Davies, Rebecca, Dr.

Englische Sprachpraxis
Lektorin, Coordinator of the Language Section

Tel: 203-3339
Fax: -
Room: 4218

Office hours: From 11 May: Mondays, 15-17 - please e-mail for an appointment (term)

Dr Rebecca Davies 2019

Academic interests

In addition to teaching grammar and writing, pronunciation and oral competence, translation and Master of Education courses, I am particularly interested in comparative linguistics, history of the English and German languages, etymology and British cultural history.

I regularly attend conferences such as the annual symposium for university teachers of foreign languages in the German-speaking countries (BuTa), where I have presented papers on teaching and assessing Landeskunde, on autism in foreign language teaching and learning, translation, humour and creativity, and on testing and evaluating a range of competences.

I am also interested in e-learning, blended learning and the use of e.g. wikis and other asynchronous communication platforms for teaching and learning.



Academic background

1989-93 BA in German Studies / Music, University of Birmingham

1991-92 Spent year studying medieval German and music as Erasmus student at the University of Cologne

1993-94 MA in Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

1994 Formation of Florata, Ensemble in Residence at the Centre for Medieval Studies, Leeds

1994-97 Research completed for PhD 'Rhetorical and Musical Features in the Lyric Poems of Hartmann von Aue' (Leeds); also teaching experience in the School of Modern Languages (German; research skills; computing for Languages postgraduates)

1997-99 Lektorin at Seminar für Englische Philologie, University of Tübingen

1998- Occasional freelance editorial assistant and translator, Jahrbuch der Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft

1999- Lektorin at Seminar für Englische Philologie, University of Freiburg

2010 Awarded Diploma in Translation (DipTransIoLET) by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (UK)


Conference papers

All given at the Bundestagung für Fremdsprachenlehrkräfte an Hochschulen im deutschprachigen Europa.
"Möglichkeiten und Probleme bei der Bewertung studentischer Leistungen in der Landeskunde" (Usedom, September 2009)
"Autismus und Fremdsprachenunterricht" (Potsdam, August 2017)
"Lost in Translation - skurrile Übersetzungspannen als Unterrichtsmaterial" (Schweinsburg, September 2018)
"Wortschatz durch Dichtung - Transkreative Arbeit mit Gedichten im Übersetzungskurs" (Rendsburg, September 2019)


All published by Ernst Klett / PONS, Stuttgart

Powerkurs Englisch in 4 Wochen (2007) - ISBN: 978-3-12-561315-7

Intensive 4-week course for adults with little or no knowledge of English. A 208-page book with double audio CD comprising exercises in fluency, writing, listening and pronunciation, step-by-step explanations, with an in-depth grammar appendix, glossary and keys / transcripts.

Gewusst wie! Englisch ohne Fehler (2008) - ISBN: 978-3-12-561420-8

Exercise material and explanations aimed at school pupils with 3 years plus of English. The 95-page book has as its main points of focus typical errors made in the areas of lexis, grammar, spelling / punctuation, pronunciation and British / American differences.

Auf einen Blick: Typische Fehler Englisch (2008) - ISBN: 978-3-12-561477-2

Foldout laminated reference pack for users of all ages and levels, consisting of 6 A4-sized pages of detailed reference material on typical errors made in the areas of lexis, grammar, spelling / punctuation, pronunciation and British / American differences, and how to avoid them.

Englisch rund um die Insel: Quiz, Sprachrätsel und Skurriles (2013) - ISBN: 978-3-12-561921-0

A book of quizzes and puzzles about language, culture, history, customs and geography in Britain (and Ireland). Aimed at anyone who is interested in Britain and who wants to deepen their knowledge of it while having some fun.


Earlier publications in other subject areas:

'Boccaccio and Women: Friend or Foe?', in Seriis Intendere. A Celebration of the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, ed. by Sharon Abra Hanen (Leeds: [privately published], 1994), pp. 15-21

Detailed sleeve notes for Florata's album Magnificentia Iberica - The Music of Medieval Spain ASV/Gaudeamus CD GAU 144, 1995)

'The Reception of Conon de Béthune's "Ahi, Amors, com dure departie" in German Minnesang: Questions of Metrical and Musical Form', in Jahrbuch der Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft, 9 (1996-97), 495-508

Several concert reviews



Cooking, crosswords, genealogy, photography, Ingress, social media for ELT.


Email address:



Room 4218 in KGIV (Tel. 203-3339)

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