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Dr. Britta Padberg-Schmitt

Lecturer

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. In 2013, she became part of the TEFL Team and began to focus 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.  

Contact

Englisches Seminar
Johannisstraße 12-20
D - 48143 Münster

Room: 225
Phone: +49 (0)251-83-25627
Fax: +49 (0)251-83-25637
Email: b.padberg-schmitt[at]uni-muenster.de

  • Research areas

    • Taching American Culture & American Folklore
    • Teaching Younger Learners
    • ESL/EFL Teaching Methods
    • Reading Theory
    • Second Language Acquisition Theories
    • Literature in the EFL

  • CV

    Professional Experience

                       

    Since 2013

    2010 - 2011

    2008 -2010

    Member of the English Department, WWU

    Adjunct Instructor in TEFL

    Adjunct Instructor in Linguistics

    Language Lecturer in American Studies

    1999 - 2014

    Sprachenzentrum Münster

    Lecturer: Medical English | Legal English | Business English

    Examiner: UNIcert-III exams in medical and business English | FFA exams in legal English

    Coordinator: Taught, supervised and coordinated German ERASMUS teachers

    1998 - 2009

    St. Franziskus Hospital, School of Nutrition, Münster Germany

    Instructor and Director of the English Program

    1997 - 2018

    Freelance Translator, Münster, Germany

    Tranlator of books, longer texts and academic papers (e.g. Law & Medical Schools in Münster)

    1998 - 2000

    University of Applied Sciences Münster, Nursing Department

    Instructor & Director of the English Program

    1999

    Recht und Sprachen e.V., Münster, Germany

    Director

    1997 - 2000

    Adult School (Volkshochschule) Münster

    Instructor: German & English courses | Conversation Courses | Medical English |

                        Developed "MOVE" program for unemployed individuals

    1997 - 2000

    Berlitz, Münster, Germany

    Language Instructor in English and German

    1997

    Institut for Pharmaceutical Technology, Münster, Germany

    Academic Assistant: Translation & Edition of publications

    1991 - 1996

    New York University, German Department, New York, NY, USA

    Assistant to the Language Coordinator

    1992 - 1996

    Burda Media, Inc., New York, NY, USA

    Editor

    1991 - 1993

    Deutsches Haus (Goethe Institut, NY), New York, Ny, USA

    Language Instructor

    Educational Background

    1999 - 2003

    Legal Studies

    University of Münster, Germany

    1992 - 1997

    Doctor of Philosophy in German Studies

    New York University, Graduate Schol of Arts & Science, New York, NY, USA

    Thesis: Theories in Use: A Comparison of Reading Models, their Application to the Classroom and their Influence in German Reading Textsbooks at the Intermediate Level of Language Instruction.

    1990 - 1992

    Master of Arts in German Studies

    New York University, Graduate Schol of Arts & Science, New York, NY, USA

    1989

    Summer Semester Abroad

    Sorbonne University, Paris, France

    1986 - 1990

    Bachelor of Arts in French and German Literature

    New York University, Graduate Schol of Arts & Science, New York, NY, USA

    You can access a full CV here.

  • Talks

    • Employing Portfolios to Promote Learner Autonomy” with Dr. Stephan Gabel, Sprachpraxis Tagung: Anglistik/Amerikanistik Münster, University of Münster, Münster, Germany, September 25, 2017.
    • Fostering Learner Autonomy to Promote Internal Differentiation” with Dr. Stephan Gabel, TEFL Day: Refugees & Diversity: Inclusion Strategies for ELT, University of Münster, Münster, Germany, February 16, 2017.
    • A critical look at reading and SLA theory with respect to transferable skills from native to foreign/second language reading instruction”, Challenging Reading: English-Language Education with Children and Teenagers (International Conference), University of Münster, Germany, February 10-12, 2016.
    • Theories in USE: How to use what we know in the classroom- reading made simple”, Lecture Series: Hotspots in Literary/ Cultural Studies and Linguistics, University of Münster, Germany, December 2010.
    • "The Use of Video in the Proficiency Oriented Classroom", The Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY, USA, April 4, 1996.
    • "The Ph.D.: To Be or Not To Be Completed (alternatives for PhD candidates in today’s market)", Modern Language Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA, December 27-29, 1995.
    • "Outlining the Reading Process" (Chapter One from "Theories in Use"), German Graduate Student Dissertation Colloquium, New York University, New York, NY, USA, April 17, 1995.
    • "Pre-reading Activities That Facilitate Cross-Cultural Readings of Literary Texts", The Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY, USA, April 6-9, 1995.
  • Publications

    • Padberg-Schmitt, B. (2020). Increasing Reading Fluency in Young Adult Readers Using Audiobooks. Children's Literature in English Language Education Journal, 8 (1), 31- 51. ISSN 2195-5212.
    • Padberg-Schmitt, B. (2019). “The State of Affairs – Germany’s Educational System: An American Perspective” in The Language Educator (a Publication for ACTFL). (under consideration)
    • Fernandez Cuenca, S., & Padberg-Schmitt, B. (2013). Spanisch-Deutscher Sprachvergleich. In H. Leontiy (Hrsg.), Multikulturelles Deutschland im Sprachvergleich: Das Deutsche im Fokus der meist verbreiteten Migrantensprachen: Ein Handbuch für DaF-Lehrende und Studierende, für Pädagogen/-innen und Erzieher/-innen (S. 233–254). Berlin: Lit.
    • Jansen, L., & Padberg-Schmitt, B. (2013). Englisch-Deutscher Sprachvergleich. In H. Leontiy (Hrsg.), Multikulturelles Deutschland im Sprachvergleich: Das Deutsche im Fokus der meist verbreiteten Migrantensprachen: Ein Handbuch für DaF-Lehrende und Studierende, für Pädagogen/-innen und Erzieher/-innen (S. 47–76). Berlin: Lit.

  • Media Appearances

    • Limettenduft und Mandelsplitter – Eine Kuchenreise durch das Münsterland“, WDR Television Station, West German Broadcasting Company, Münster, Germany, March 30, 2018.
    • Kuchenrezepte: American Apple Pie“, WDR LOKALZEIT, West German Broadcasting Company, Münster, Germany, March 23, 2018.
    • Education in America”, live interview on RADIO Q, Münster, Germany, January 12, 2018.
    • The Day AFTER the Election: Trump Special“ special guest (live interview) on WDR LOKALZEIT, West German Broadcasting Company, Münster, Germany, November 9, 2016.
  • Memberships

    • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
    • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
    • Modern Language Association (MLA)
    • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
    • Democrats Abroad