Staff Profile:Wendy Hillier

Name:
Mrs Wendy Hillier
Job Title:
Lecturer
Responsibilities:

Lecturer, German

IWLP Module Convenor and Course Tutor for LA1PG1 and LA1PG3

Base Section:
Institution-Wide Language Programme within the Department of Languages and Cultures

Bio:
I grew up in Reading and studied English and German in Nottingham, which gave me the opportunity to spend a year abroad in Tübingen, in the South of Germany, as an Erasmus student and Language Assistant in a Kindergarten. I enjoyed my Year Abroad in Tübingen so much that directly after graduating, I went back to this picturesque university town and lived there for a further four years, mainly teaching English as a Foreign Language to German adults and university seminars in Old and Middle English. I also worked as a proof-reader of academic articles and a translator. All this gave me a fantastic insight into the differences between English and German and the ways in which languages can be taught and learnt.

In 2012, I began working at the University of Reading on the Pre-sessional English programme in ISLI, and was delighted when the opportunity arose in 2013 to combine this with teaching German on the Institution-Wide Language Programme. I now enjoy teaching German to Beginners and Intermediate students on the IWLP, and academic and general English in ISLI to visiting students spending their Year Abroad in Reading.

Qualifications:
MA Applied Linguistics (University of Nottingham)
BA Joint Hons English Studies and German (University of Nottingham)
Cambridge CELTA

Areas of Interest:
  • Teaching and learning of German as a foreign language and English as a foreign language
  • Culture of German-speaking countries, cross-cultural comparison, cultural stereotypes, culture shock
  • English for Academic Purposes Sociolinguistics – accents and dialects, varieties of English
  • Pragmatics – politeness and indirectness, language transfer in language learning
  • Anglo-Saxon and Medieval English (Old and Middle English)
  • Learning other languages (when time permits!)
Research groups / Centres:
Publications:
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Contact Details

Email:
w.l.hillier@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 5043

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