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Marianne Lancaster Foreign Language Pedagogy

Teaching Fields: Foreign Language Pedagogy, Language and Culture, Business German

Marianne K. Lancaster received her M.A. from Germany's University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in 1986. While a student, she attended the University of Georgia as a German Teaching Assistant in 1981-1982. After her training, she received a tenured position (Studienrätin) from the State of Bavaria in 1991. Following her move to Atlanta, she held several part-time and full-time temporary positions at Agnes Scott College, Emory University and Oglethorpe University. She headed the German Studies program at Agnes Scott in 1997-98. Marianne was appointed as a full-time lecturer in German Studies at Emory in 2000, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007.

While at Emory, Marianne developed several courses, including a two-semester "Business German" sequence, a Freshman Seminar entitled "Boundaries", restructured "Beginning German" as a Blackboard-supported class, and co-taught "Language Across the Curriculum" classes on the European Union. She also taught numerous undergraduate language acquisition classes, graduate reading courses, and "Major Texts: Renaissance to Modern" (Literature 210) in Comparative Literature. She received the Emory College Language Center's "Excellence in Teaching Award" in 2009 and its "Curriculum Award" in 2010.

Marianne was the German Department's First Year Coordinator, selected and oversaw the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, and selected and mentored the student tutors. She directed the department's eight-week Summer Studies Abroad Program in Vienna, Austria six times and twice co-led Emory's Halle Institute's undergraduate student study trip to Berlin and Brussels. She served for nine years as a FAME leader (Emory College's first-year advising and mentoring program),and  as the Department's representative on the Emory College Language Center's executive committee for ten years. Marianne is a member of the Georgia chapters of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and used the latter's guidelines (Oral Proficiency Interview) to evaluate second-year students.