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Undine Weber (Head of German Studies)

Staatsexame 1(Bonn),PhD(Rhodes)

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Research Interests:

While teaching has been my main focus in my job for a long time, I have in recent years increased my research output (to some extent stimulated by my interaction with my postgraduates), including a book publication in 2007 (as first co-editor). While my research often revolves around 20th century German literature, my more current publications engage with academic aspects of teaching. I am also very interested in the theory and practice of translation.

Selected publications:


2007     Weber, Undine S.; Wozniak, Janina (eds.). Kultur- und Literaturvermittlung. Festschrift für Werner Krueger. Stellenbosch: SUN PReSS.  186pp. ISBN 978-1-920109-25-7.

Selected Refereed Chapters in Books and Articles:               

2015     Weber, Undine S. “Can Studying a Foreign Language Build or Improve (Inter-)Cultural Competence? A Preliminary Case Study of Students’ Subjective Impressions.” In: Witte, Arnd/ Harden, Theo (eds.) 2015. Foreign Language Learning as Intercultural Experience: The Subjective             Dimension.Oxford: Peter Lang. Pp. 231-242.

Staatsexamen 1 (Bonn).PhD(Rhodes)

2015     Weber, Undine S.; Domingo, Rebecca S.C.; Fourie, Regine B. “Beyond Language: German Studies in a South African University Context.” In: Kaschula, Russell H./ Maseko, Pamela/ Wolff, H. Ekkehard (eds.) 2015. Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication: A South African Perspective. (Wits University Press.) Submitted Jan. 2015.

2011     Weber, Undine S., Domingo, Rebecca S.C. “Adding another colour to the rainbow: An attempt at imparting German cultural competence in a South African university context.” In: Intercultural Competence. Concepts, Challenges, Evaluations. In: Harden, Theo/ Witte, Arnd (eds.) 2011.  Oxford: Peter Lang. Pp. 177-191.

2012     Weber, Undine S. „Entzauberung der Moderne. Wolfgang Koeppen, Charles Baudelaire und Thomas Mann.“ In: Jahrbuch für internationale Germanistik. Magie und Sprache. Ed. Carlotta von Maltzan. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. Vol. 108. Pp. 273-288.

2009     Weber, Undine S.; Williams, Alison E. “The ‘Golden Fifties’ and the ‘Tide of Immorality’:  Relations between African-American GIs in West   Germany of the 1950s and white women as provided by Wolfgang Koeppen’s Tauben im Gras.” In: Acta Academica. Journal of the human sciences and interdisciplinary fields.Ed. D.J. van den Berg. Vol. 41/1. Pp.99-125. http://0reference.sabinet.co.za.wam.seals.ac.za/webx/access/electronicjournals/academ/academ v41 ni a4.pdf


    I teach German language, literatures and cultures as well as German-English and English-German translation at all levels.

    I have been continuously striving to improve the quality of my teaching by attending Academic Development/ CHERTL-run workshops (course design, student evaluations, using the internet for teaching purposes, outcomes-based education; tutor development), staff development courses organised by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in South Africa as well as in Germany since 2000 (training of teachers, teaching cultural studies), and since 2000 I have been an accredited examiner for the Goethe Institute, the German equivalent of the British Council or the Alliance Française, attending regular training/ refresher courses. With this internationally recognised qualification, I can train my students to sit the Goethe Institute’s examinations and I can examine them at Rhodes. 

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