Teaching

Beginning

I started my first teaching as an unpaid "tutor" at the University of Göttingen in 1965 and as a teacher of EFL for three months at a Fachschule in Regensburg in 1968. From 1968 on, I offered courses (usually 4 hours per week) at the University of Regensburg, first as a "VDWA", then as a "Wiss.Assistent". These classes were introductory courses and, above all, proseminars.

 

Guest professorship in the USA with six hours per week

From 1975 to 1976 I had a temporary position as a guest associate professor at the U of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA, with a teaching load of 6 hours per week, among these one class for postgraduate students.

Docent at Regensburg University

After my habilitation in the winter semester 1979/1980 I was allowed to add a seminar to my teaching programme, thus offering six hours per semester until the winter semester 1980/81.

Since 1981 Ordinary Professor at U of Innsbruck

My teaching as an Ordinary Professor at the University of Innsbruck started in the summer semester 1981, with the usual eight hours per semester, a lecture, a proseminar, a seminar and a "Konversatorium". Due to the demand, I later sometimes had to do ten hours, i.e. five classes per week.

Topics:

The topics of my first classes referred to the history of the English language, the language of lyrics, and to text linguistics. This offer was still in line with my teaching intentions, both quantitatively and in view of the topics selected. However, in the mid-1980s the history of English was cancelled from the curriculum of the Department as a compulsory part of study, so that I had to widen my fields of interest. Also, since I did not find support from a colleague "habilitated" in the linguistic section of the Department, with Christian Mair leaving for a Freiburg professorship soon after his "habilitation", I felt urged to provide nearly the full programme of English linguistics and mediaeval literature. My classes have topicalised the core fields of English synchronic linguistics, from phonetics and phonology to lexicology, phraseology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, but I have also regularly offered other synchronic topics (e.g. psycholinguistics) and classes on all phases of the English language, from Old English to Late Modern English. I have also held classes, including lectures, on Middle English literature, in particular, Chaucer and Sir Gawain.

Quantity of lectures:

With the exception of two sabbaticals within the last 26 years, I have given a main lecture in practically every semester. In addition, I have participated in a few faculty lectures ('Ringvorlesungen').

Teaching at other universities:

Due to invitations, I held a seminar at the University of Munich (2006), two "co-seminars" in Munich and Innsbruck (2001 and 2004) together with my Munich colleague Hans Sauer, and another seminar at the University of Dresden (July 2006). I also gave two full lectures at the University of Trento (1997). Within ERASMUS, I have been teaching for the obligatory few days at the Universities of Nottingham, Paris XII, Birmingham, Bergamo, Lecce, Malta and at the Copenhagen Business School. More recently, I have been teaching at the Universities of Munich, Dresden and Turku, Finland.

To give an example of my teaching activity, here are my classes from 2000 to 2006/07:

SS 2000

VO2: Varieties of English II

SE2: The (Hi-) Story of English

KO2: Konvers für Diss. und Dipl.

 

WS 2000/01

VO2: Modern English Syntax

SE2: English as a Global Challenge: Australia

KO2: Konvers für Diss. und Dipl.

 

SS 2001

VO2: The Language of Literature: Selected Chapters of a Type of ESP

SE2: Middle English Lexicology and Word Formation (co-seminar for Innsbruck and Munich students with Prof. Hans Sauer, Munich)

SE2: Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" in Focus

KO2: Konvers für Diss. und Dipl.

 

WS 2001/02

VO2: Middle English Literature (Survey)

SE2: Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" and Sir Gawain

KO2: Konvers für Diss. und Dipl.

 

SS 2002

VO2: Chaucer and the 15th Century

SE2: Contrastive pragmatics

KO2: Konvers für Diss. und Dipl.

 

WS 2002/03

UE2: Selected Chapters of Present-Day English Lexis

SE2: Present-Day English Lexis

SE2: English Lexicology and Phraseology

KO2: Konvers für Diss. und Dipl.

 

SS 2003

VO2: English Phonetics, Phonology and Prosody

SE2: Spoken English from the 18th Century to the Present

KO2: Konvers für Diss. und Dipl.

 

WS 2003/04

Sabbatical

 

SS 2004

VO2: History of Late Modern English

SE I: The Development of English in the 18th and 19th Century (co-seminar held for Innsbruck and Munich students, with Prof. Sauer)

SE II: Essential Chapters in the History of English

KO2: Konvers für Diss. und Dipl.

 

WS 2004/05

VO2: Varieties of English Worldwide (I)

SE2: English Pragmatics: Synchronic Approach

SE2: English Varieties (SE held at the U of Munich)

KO2: Konvers für Diss. und Dipl.

 

SS 2005

VO2: English Varieties II: From Ethnolects to the Language of Media

SE2: English Phraseology (Idioms)

KO2: Konvers für Diss. und Dipl.

 

WS 2005/06

VO2: The Language of Literature I

SE2: English Varieties

SE2: English in Verse (mainly in its love songs)

KO2: Konvers für Diss. und Dipl.

 

SS 2006

VO2: The Language of Literature II (applied)

SE2: Reading English Lyrics

SE2: Essential Chapters in the History of English

SE2: English Varieties (U TU Dresden)

KO2: Konvers für Diss. und Dipl.

 

WS 2006/07

VO2: English Phonetics, Phonology and Prosody

SE2: Spoken English from the 18th Century to the Present

KO2: The Challenge of Linguistic Methodology

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