Dr. Britta Padberg-Schmitt
Britta Padberg-Schmitt completed her Doctor of Philosophy in German Studies at New York University, New York, USA in 1997. Concurrently, she taught at the Deutsches Haus (Goethe Institute), NYU and was also a freelance-editor at Burda Media, Inc.. In 1998, she studied law at the Westphalia Wilhelm's University (WWU) and obtained an additional certificate from the American Law Program (FFA). Over the past 20 years, she has taught ESL at various institutions such as the University of Applied Science (Nursing Management & Training), Sprachenzentrum (WWU), at the Law & Medical Schools (WWU) and at the Adult School in Muenster, to name a few. In 2008, she joined the WWU English Department, where she initially taught American literature, linguistics and various language courses. From 2013-2020, she was part of the TEFL Team, thereby focussing on teacher training. Her main interests are American folklore (in primary and secondary education), teaching methods in ESL/EFL classrooms, teacher training, reading theory, second language acquistion theory and using literature in the ESL/EFL classroom. Since 2020, she has been teaching as a language instructor.