Welcome to New Students and New Members of Staff

The management of the department would like to extend a warm welcome to all new students of Modern Languages and Media Studies, at BA, MA and PhD, and to two new members of staff.

We are especially pleased to see so many faces (19!) on our new BA programme in Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting.

The new staff members are Dr Greg Herman in French, who will be teaching in the department for one year as replacement cover for Dr Natalie Morello, and Dr Gabriele Cablitz in German, who is with us also for one year only as maternity cover for Christiane Guenther.

We welcome too five new PhD students, four in Translation and one in Comparative Literature (English/German): Mrs Maha Mohammed Aldhahi, Mr Turky Embarak Alshaikhi, Ms Katie Jones, Ms Gabriella Valentino, and Ms Li Wu.

We look forward to working with you all!

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Award for Swansea PhD student

Ms Anna-Lou Dijkstra, who is working with Dr Kathryn Jones in French on the European Travellers to Wales research project, has won a prestigious Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds scholarship for 2014-15 to continue her investigations into French and German guidebooks to Wales. Congratulations Anna-Lou!

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German Film-Maker to visit Swansea in November 2014

The renowned German film-maker Andreas Dresen (Sommer vorm Balkon / Summer in Berlin, 2006) will be visiting the Swansea Centre for Contemporary German Culture between 25-27 November 2014. On 26 November in the Taliesin Cinema on campus Swansea students will join visitors from local schools to watch Die Polizistin / The Policewoman, followed by discussion with Herr Dresen. Swansea students will be studying a number of his films this year and will benefit from hearing Herr Dresen debate their meaning with them. Students of all other languages and none will have opportunities to meet Herr Dresen in November and learn about his rich and varied cinematic output.

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New Mandarin Lecturer awarded PhD

The department is delighted to announce that Sabrina Wang, who has been in post since January 2014 teaching Mandarin and building new student pathways in this important world language, has been awarded her PhD from Leicester University. Congratulations Sabrina!

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Sprachcafe Spezial

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Sprichst du Deutsch?


The German Society and the German Section of the Department of Languages, Translation and Communication would like to invite Swansea pupils, students and parents to a German Language Afternoon held at the Taliesin on the 22nd of March between 1 and 4 pm.


The event involves free German language taster sessions coordinated by Swansea Uni students of German and visiting German and Austrian students and a free film screening of Lessons of a Dream in both German and English.


The event is kindly supported by the Goethe Institut, the DAAD London and the Centre for Contemporary German Culture.

1 – 2 pm free German language taster session.  Suitable also for absolute beginners!

2 – 4 pm free special film screening (in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut) Watch LESSONS OF A DREAM  and learn how British Football came to  Germany.

For further information please contact Christiane Günther at  c.guenther@swansea.ac.uk

The Taliesin Arts Centre is located at Swansea University, Singleton Park, SA2 8PP             No booking necessary J

Ieithoedd, Cyfieithu a Chyfathrebu wahodd disgyblion, myfyrwyr a rhieni Abertawe I brynhawn Almaeneg sydd i’w gynnal yng Nghanolfan Taliesin ar 22ain Mawrth rhwng 1.00 a 4.00  o’r gloch y prynhawn.


Yn ystod y digwyddiad fydd sesiynau blasu Almaeneg  rhad ac am ddim wedi’u cydlynu gan fyfyrwyr Prifysgol Abertawe, rhai sydd yn astudio Almaeneg a rhai sydd yn ymweld o’r Almaen ac Awstria, a dangosiad rhad ac am ddim o’r ffilm Lessons of a Dream yn Almaeneg a Saesneg.


Derbyniwyd nawdd caredig gan Goethe Institut, DAAD Llundain a Chanolfan ar gyfer Diwylliant Almaeneg ar gyfer y digwyddiad.



1 – 2 yp Sesiwn blasu Almaeneg yn rhad ac am ddim.  Yn addas hefyd ar gyfer dechreuwyr pur!


2 – 4 yp Dangosiad ffilm arbennig yn rhad ac am ddim (mewn cydweithrediad â Goethe-Institut)  Gwylio LESSONS OF A DREAM a dysgu sut ddaeth pêl-droed Prydain i’r Almaen.


Am ragor o wybodaeth cysylltwch â Christiane Günther os gwelwch yn dda:  c.guenther@swansea.ac.uk


Lleolir Canolfan y Celfyddydau Taliesin ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe, Parc Singleton, SA2 8PP            Dim angen bwcio o flaen llaw J





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Student Translation Competition

To mark the European Day of Languages (26 September), local Translation company Veritas launched its annual competition for university students on the steps of the Abbey. See http://www.swansea.ac.uk/media-centre/latest-news/languagesdepartmentteamsupwithglobalbusinesstolaunchtranslationcompetition.php

To enter the competition you must submit a translation of a text of approximately 500 words into your target language together with a 200-word commentary outlining your linguistic decisions. For information about prizes, see: http://www.veritaslanguagesolutions.com/university-challenge

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European Travelers to Wales Project

Dr Kathryn Jones (French) is pleased to welcome PhD student Anna-Lou Djikstra to the Department to work with her on the research project entitled European Travelers to Wales, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and involves colleagues and PhD students from Bangor and Aberystwyth. Anna-Lou was brought up in Amsterdam, and holds a BA in German Studies and MA in Translation Studies from the University of Utrecht. She plans to investigate evolving representations of Wales in German, French and Dutch guidebooks. Bienvenue Anna-Lou!

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Award for German PhD Student

Jenny Watson, who is writing a doctorate on the writings of Nobel Prize Winner Herta Mueller under the supervision of Dr Brigid Haines, heard over the summer that she had won a prestigious Sylvia Naish Scholarship worth £1000. As a result Jenny will be based for 5 weeks at the Institute for Modern Languages Research at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study in Russell Square. As well as giving a presentation on her project to other researchers at the Institute, Jenny will have the opportunity to delve into the rich holdings of London’s many research libraries.

Congratulations to Jenny! We look forward to hearing what she finds out.

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Award for Tutor in Media Studies

The Department is delighted to hear that Pete Jones, who teaches video production and digital media, is to receive a Distinguished Teaching Award at Graduation on 8 July. Pete has taught Media in Swansea since 2008.

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Languages Lecturer Honoured

Head of College, Professor John Spurr, announced on 1 July that Ute Keller, who teaches German language in the Department of Languages, Translation and Communication, and co-ordinates the Year Abroad for students of all languages, has won a Vice-Chancellor’s Award ‘in recognition of her truly outstanding dedication to her students’. The Vice Chancellor responded in this unprecedented way after students nominated Ute for a Distinguished Teaching Award for a record third time. Ute’s ability to inspire a passion for the intricacies of  communication in German in the full range of social and professional contexts has made her legend at Swansea in the twenty years that she has been teaching here. The Award will be formally conferred at Graduation on 8 July. 

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