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Anja Penssler-Beyer, M.A.

 

Dept. of English and American Studies
Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 19, Room 1.27
14469 Potsdam, Germany

 

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Please make an appointment via e-mail.

Please find all relevant information concerning research interests, term paper, BA/MA supervision, and my grading criteria on my personal website.

Academic Background

since 11/2018Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Linguistics. Working titel: "Register choices in Jamaica: Describing and analyzing societal multilingualism". (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christoph Schroeder, Prof. Dr. Heike Wiese). Universität Potsdam
10/2013-07/2015Master of Arts in Linguistics and Web Technologies. Final Thesis: "Suprasegmental effects in declarative sentences: A comparative approach". (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Handke). Philipps-Universität Marburg
10/2010-09/2013Bachelor of Arts in Anglophone Studies, English and Linguistics (Minor Subjects: Cultural Studies, E-Learning), Final Thesis: "The Scientific Method and Linguistics". (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Handke, Prof. Dr. Rolf Kreyer). Philipps-Universität Marburg

Research

  • Language and Politics, Language Policy and Planning; Lesser spoken languages, Endangered Languages
  • Language contact and variation in present-day language (i.e. multilingual societies, multilingualism, heritage speakers)
  • Register choices
  • Usage-based approaches to grammar
  • Mixed methods

 

Professional Background

since 05/2019Head of E-Learning (E-Learning Koordinatorin) of the Faculty of Human Sciences and adjunct faculty at the Chair for Complex Multimedia Architectures, Computational Science Institute, University of Potsdam
since 04/2017Lecturer and Faculty member at the Chair of Present-Day English Language and Linguistics, University of Potsdam
08/2015-07/2017Research and teaching position (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Chair of English Linguistics and Computational Linguistics, Philipps-Universität Marburg
07/2015-07/2017Lecturer, University Language Center, Philipps-Universität Marburg
07/2014-12/2014Graduate Teaching Assistant, Northern Caribbean University, Mandeville, Jamaica
02/2011-07/2015Instructor, University Computer Center, Philipps-Universität, Marburg

Awards and Recognitions

12/2017National OER Award (Kategorie "Hochschule"), Teampreis mit Prof. Dr. Jürgen Handke 
12/2016Preis für Innovation in der Erwachsenenbildung, Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung, Teampreis mit Prof. Dr. Jürgen Handke 
08/2016Fieldwork on the Seychelles, Hessischer Rundfunk 
since 12/2015Member of the German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age  (Hochschulforum Digitalisierung), Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
 since 10/2015Member of the Expert Commission (Gutachterin), Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst, Baden-Württemberg (Förderrichtlinie "Digital Innovations for Smart Teaching Better Learning")
07/2014-12/2014DAAD-Stipendiatin (außereuropäisch), Field Research im Rahmen der Masterarbeit und Teaching Assistance an der Northern Caribbean University, Mandeville, Jamaica
10/2008-09/2009Universitá degli studi di Urbino (Erasmus)
Courses on Italian, Arabic Studies, Linguistics, and Economics

 

Contributions to the field of Linguistics  

Monography

  • Penssler-Beyer, A. (planned doctoral dissertation). Working title: "Register choices in Jamaica: Describing and analyzing societal multilingualism". Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christoph Schroeder, Prof. Dr. Heike Wiese. University of Potsdam.

Papers

  • Penssler-Beyer, A.; Weber, K. (2017). Contrastive Pronunciation Training: Media-didactic challenges in Second Language Teaching. In: Gross-Dinter, Ursula ; Feuser, Florian; Ramos Méndez-Sahlender, Carmen (Hg.): Migration: Bedrohung oder Bereicherung?
  • Penssler-Beyer, A. (in prep.). Speech rhythm deviations in non-standard varieties: evidence from Cuban Spanish and Jamaican Patois.(extract of MA thesis).
  • Penssler-Beyer, A. (in prep.). Prosodic deviations in declaratives of non-standard varieties: Observations from Cuban Spanish and Jamaican Patois. (extract of MA thesis).

Invited Talks and Presentations

  • Penssler-Beyer, A. (2018). Register choices in Jamaica: Describing and analyzing societal multilingualism. Posterbeitrag zur Konferenz "Languages in Contrast: Linguistic acquisitional and ethnographical approaches. 16./17. November 2018. Institut für Germanistik. Universität Potsdam. 
  • Penssler-Beyer, A. (2017). Promoting Naturalized SLA through Digitized Contrastive Speech Training: The Case of the Ad-hoc MOOC #Deu4Arab. Conference Poster. Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching. September 1-2, 2017. University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
  • Penssler-Beyer, A. (2016). Digitized Learning supports Second Language Learning: Evidence from an online class on contrastive German-Arabic speech sounds. Conference "Migration and Transnational Cooperation in Education, Research and Innovation: An Arab-German Dialogue". Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin, 02/05/16-04/05/16. 
  • Penssler-Beyer, A. (2016). The Case Study of the MOOC #Deu4Arab: A Practical Pronunciation Training for Syrian Learners of German. Open Education: Promoting diversity for European Languages. Project LangOER: Enhance Teaching and Learning of Less Used Languages through OER/OEP, The European Commission, Brussels, Belgium, 26/9/16 - 27/9/16. 

Contributions to the field of E-Learning

Papers

  • Penssler-Beyer, A. (2016). "Implementierung eines flexiblen On-Campus Kurses in die linguistische Lehre". In: "Gutes Lernen und gute Lehre: Welchen Beitrag leistet die Qualitätssicherung?" Wien. Facultas. S. 151-160.
  • Penssler-Beyer, A., Wempen, M., Weber, K., Floyd, J. (2014). Student tutors in Inverted Classroom scenarios: First Experiences from Linguistics. In: Handke, Jürgen, Großkurth, Eva-Marie (ed.) "The Inverted Classroom Model: The 3rd German ICM-Conference - Proceedings". Berlin. De Gruyter Oldenbourg. 

Invited Talks and Presentations

  • Penssler-Beyer, A., Sue, C., Douhdouh, L., Duarte, C., Felgenhauer, C. (2017). Re-Inventing Education in the Digital Era: From Inverted Classroom to Inverted University. Global Learning Council Summit. "Paving the Way for the Digital Future" unter Schirmherrschaft von Leibniz Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Stifterverband, Hochschulrektorenkonferenz und BMBF, Berlin, 27/6/17-30/6/17.
  • Penssler-Beyer, A., Barth-Weingarten, D. (2017). Implementierung des Inverted Classroom Modells in die Studieneingangsphase Englische Sprachwissenschaft. Tag der Lehre. November 09, 2017. University of Potsdam. Posterbeitrag.
  • Penssler-Beyer, A. (2016). "Wie verändern elektronische Medien das Lernen und die Lehre?". Jahrestagung der Agentur für Qualitätssicherung und Akkreditierung Austria (AQ Austria). Wien, 24.09.2015. 

Workshops

  • "Das Inverted Classroom Modell in den Human- und Naturwissenschaften". Workshop zur 8. ICM Konferenz "Inverted Classroom: The Next Stage". Philipps-Universität Marburg, 26.02 - 27.02.2019. Zusammen mit Marlen Schumann. 
  • "Innovative Lehre in der Studieneingangsphase Englisch: Ein Praxisbeispiel". Workshop im Rahmen der Fortbildungsreihe zum Thema "Heterogenität in Studium und Lehre". Philosophische Fakultät und ZfQ der Universität Potsdam. 24.01.2019. Zusammen mit Marlen Schumann. 
  • "Wie viel Zeit braucht gute Lehre?" (zusammen mit Dagmar Barth-Weingarten). Workshop zum Tag der Lehre an der Universität Potsdam, 27.11.2018.

Teaching

Winter Term 2019/20 (planned)
HS Contrastive Language Policy and Planning 
SE Contrasting Languages of the USA 
SE English @ Work (Introduction to Pragmatics)

Summer Term 2019
SE Applied Research in Contrastive Linguistics (Contrastive Language Policy & Planning)
PS Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics I
SE Multilingualism and steps of Development (Freie Universität Berlin)

Winter Term 2018/19 
HS Methods in Linguistics (qualitative and quantitative research in Linguistics for MA students) 
SE Fields of Applied Linguistics 
SE English-German Contrasts 
PS Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics I 
PS Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics II

Summer Term 2018
PS Work Methods in Linguistics
PS Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics I
PS Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics II
SE The World of Linguistics: Fields of Application
SE Fieldwork in the Classroom

Winter Term 2017/18
PS Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics I, 2 groups 
SE Invented Languages, adv. BA-level

Summer Term 2017                      
PS Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics II
PS Introduction to Semantics, (adv. BA-level, Potsdam)
PS English-German Contrasts, (adv. BA-level, Potsdam)
HS Semantics & Pragmatics, (MA-level, Marburg)
PS Linguistic Fieldwork Jamaican Creole, (BA/MA-level, Marburg)
PS Introduction to Linguistics II, (BA-level, Marburg)
UE Communication C1-C2, University Language Center, Marburg

Winter Term 2016/17                    
PS/HS Varieties of English, (BA/MA-level)
HS Web Programming for Linguistics, (MA-level)
UE Consolidation II, C1, University Language Center
UE Communication C1-C2, University Language Center
UE English for the Pharmaceutical Industry, University Language Center

Summer Term 2016                      
HS Linguistic Data Analysis (with Fieldwork), (MA-level)
PS Introduction to Linguistics II, (BA-level)
PS Morphology & Syntax, (BA-level)
UE Consolidation II, C1, University Language Center
UE Communication C1-C2, University Language Center

Winter Term 2015/16                     
HS Language and Linguistics, (MA-level)
HS Project Management (MA-level)
UE Academic Writing, University Language Center
UE Communication C1-C2, University Language Center

Certificates

since 03/2017"EMF – Entwicklung und Management von Forschungsprojekten", Universität Kassel und Universität Marburg
since 08/2016"Zertifikat für Professionelle Hochschullehre", Philipps-Universität Marburg
10/2013-07/2014"Hochschuldidaktisch qualifizierte Trainerin", Philipps-Universität Marburg