Bettina has been working as a German teacher at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning since 2006. She teaches general language and specialist undergraduate courses at various levels from beginner to advanced. Her teaching includes preparing students of Cardiff Business School for their year abroad in Germany. “One of my main aims is to show how rewarding and inspiring it can be to study German – not to worry about the challenges of the language and to focus instead on its interesting aspects and the many similarities with English.”
She studied Language and Literature – including German, English, French and Russian – at the Universities of Munich, Orléans and Heidelberg, before completing an MPhil in Publishing Studies at Stirling University. She worked in London as an editor and project manager in educational publishing, as a lexicographer and German teacher at Oxford University and then as a German and English teacher and language consultant in Northern Italy.
Bettina and her family moved to Cardiff seven years ago and the birth of her son in 2009 gave her the opportunity to continue to develop her long-term interest in language learning and bi-lingualism. “It’s fascinating to witness first-hand how language develops from birth and listening to our son experimenting with two language systems at the same time has given us some great linguistic insights.”
Her pastimes include photography, cinema and cooking and she also enjoys hiking – she has done the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island and a number of stretches of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Another passion is cross-country skiing: “one of my favourite places is the Engadin Valley in Switzerland, near St Moritz – so far I’ve competed in six of the annual cross-country marathons there, and skiing over a series of frozen lakes alongside 13,000 other competitors is a truly unique and exhilarating experience.”