Aug. 2018 – present: Teacher educator German as a foreign language, Radboud Teachers Academy, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands

As a teacher educator I train prospective secondary school teachers of modern foreign languages, especially German as a foreign language, in foreign language didactics. I teach in the 1-year master’s program as well as in the 2-year master’s program Education in Language and Culture.

May 2020 – present: Teacher German as a foreign language, Valuascollege, Venlo, Netherlands

I teach German as a foreign language in junior and senior grades of higher general secondary education and pre-university secondary education

Oct. 2017 – April 2020: Postdoctoral researcher in Applied Linguistics and Valorization, PI group Narrative Cognition & Communication, Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands

As a postdoctoral researcher I aim to contribute to foreign language literary education in Dutch secondary schools.

I investigate whether it makes a difference if pupils read short stories in Dutch (their L1) or in German (a foreign language taught in school) on the degree of absorption in short stories and, related to that, students’ enjoyment/appreciation of those stories. The idea behind this is that reading in an L2/FL – under certain circumstances – evokes a less strong emotional response than reading in the L1. As a result, reading in the L2 is possibly a less pleasurable experience. Simultaneously, I investigate whether classroom instruction (more/less student autonomy, more/less teacher-centered) influences absorption, engagement, and students’ joy in reading stories in a foreign language.

Aug. 2019 – Oct. 2019: Teacher German as a foreign language, Blariacumcollege, Venlo, Netherlands

I taught German as a foreign language in a senior grade of Dutch secondary education.

Sep. 2016 – Jun. 2018: Freelance Editor in Chief and Reviewer, Malmberg/Sanoma Learning, ‘s Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

I was editor-in-chief of a digital, adaptive tool for learning German grammar, designed for Dutch secondary education.

Feb. 2016 – Dec. 2017: Assistant professor in German Linguistics, Bijzonder Masterprogramma Leraar Duits, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands (in collaboration with Leiden University, Groningen University, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam)

Aug. 2011 – Aug. 2016: Lecturer in German Linguistics, BA German Language and Culture, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands


Jan. 2018: PhD in First Language Acquisition; Project: The acquisition of a lexical tone system by children acquiring East-Limburgian; Funding: NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen grant no. 322-75-001; Supervision: Paula Fikkert, Carlos Gussenhoven, Susanne Brouwer

Mar. 2016: UTQ (University Teaching Qualification), Radboud University, Nijmegen

Jul. 2011: MA, Linguistics, Radboud University, Nijmegen

Nov. 2010: MA, German language and culture, Radboud University, Nijmegen

Aug. 2009: BA, German language and culture, Radboud University, Nijmegen