GermanForTravellers was founded by Dr. Peter Gölz from his love for teaching German language and culture. Dr. Gölz recognized the need for German language instruction over the net and established the award-winning site GermanForBeginners which began as a simple instructional web page but soon expanded into what is now GermanforTravellers (GFT), a comprehensive free and retail resource site. GFT was created through a partnership between Dr. Gölz and the University of Victoria (IDC). Working with UVic, Dr. Gölz has developed German instruction materials using fun, realistic learning exercises that attempt to mimic the study abroad experience.
|Peter Gölz, PhD, President |
Peter has been teaching German at the university level for many years and has been a Professor at UVic since 1992. During this time he has been Acting Academic Director of the Humanities Computing and Media Centre and Chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies. Prior to this appointment, he taught at Queen’s University and the University of Waterloo in Ontario, as well as the University of Mannheim in Germany. Dr. Gölz has been an active member of the Canadian Association of University of Teachers of German since 1988 and was elected Vice President in 2006. For his work on the web, he has received numerous awards, including the Encyclopedia Britannica Internet Guide Award, the BBC Education Web Guide, and the Netscape Editor’s Pick.
|Trude Heift, PhD, Advisor |
Trude's main research interest lies in Computer-Assisted Language Learning, bridging applied and computational linguistics. She is known widely for her work on Intelligent Language Tutoring Systems (ILTSs) - computer environments for second language learning that make use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and techniques of Artificial Intelligence. Most of Trude's software usability studies are carried out with The etutor, an online learning system for German that is used in German language courses at several universities in Canada (see Heift & Nicholson, 2001).
Ramona Jahnke, Moderator
My name is Ramona, I'm 26 years old, originally coming from Magdeburg in Germany but I already lived at different places throughout the country. I did my vocational training in the mining business and now I care for my little daughter while additionally running a little internet shop about Celtic culture and languages.
I was always interested in foreign languages and tried to learn some of them and that was the way how I found "German for Travellers" because I wanted to meet penfriends and improve my own English knowledge. I like the idea to help people learning my own mother language, because I know how difficult it can be to learn a new language. Furthermore it opens ones eyes to see your own culture from a different point of view.
University of Victoria
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PO Box 3045, STN CSC
Victoria, BC, Canada
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