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Durham University

The Centre for Foreign Language Study

Staff profile

Dr Alexander Burdumy

Assistant Professor (Teaching) - German in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42248
Room number: 218

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Before my appointment at Durham I worked for the University of Essex in Colchester as Languages for All Coordinator, at Aston University in Birmingham as DAAD Lektor and as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Greenwich.

I completed my undergraduate studies in Languages and Political Studies at the Universität Mannheim in Germany in 2007 (Erstes Staatsexamen) and moved on to complete a PhD as a part-time student in the area of German History/Politics at Aston University in 2012.

At Durham I currently teach several German language modules for the Centre of Foreign Language Studies/department as well as German Reading Skills for Research for MA and PhD students.

Teaching Areas

  • GD397 German Reading Skills for Research (beginners, post-beginners or advanced)

    (2 hours/year.)
  • German Language 4 - Schreibmodul

    (2 hours/year.)
  • MELA10030 German Reading Skills for Research

    (2 hours/year.)
  • CFLS1G41 German Stage 4 (4 hours/year.)
  • CFLS1G51 German Stage 5 (2 hours/year.)
  • MELA10230 German Reading Skills for Research 2

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • 2019 German Reading Skills for Academic Purposes, Routledge, 282 pp.
  • 2013 Sozialpolitik und Repression in der DDR: Ost-Berlin 1971-1989, Klartext Verlag, 368 pp.

Conference Paper

  • 2017 'Supporting Language Learners through Phonetics Tutorials. The case of German Phonetics at the Centre for Foreign Language Studies, Durham University'.
  • 2015 (co-authored with Bohlander, Christine) 'German Reading Skills for Research'.
  • 2013 'How to offer language learning to all your students'.
  • 2011 'Reconsidering the role of welfare state policy in the former GDR'.

Journal Article

  • 2018 'Book Review: Poverty and Welfare in Modern German History', History: Reviews of New Books 46, pp. 48
  • 2018 (co-authored with Bohlander, Christine ) 'Designing and delivering a programme of reading skills classes to postgraduate students', Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes 6, pp. 245-252
  • 2013 'Reconsidering the role of the welfare state within the former German Democratic Republic's political system', Journal of Contemporary History 48, pp. 872-889

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