Applied Linguistics Researcher & Associate Professor at the University of Cologne.
Cross-cultural connector with a dynamic character and good communication skills. Easily adapt to new local and international environments. I identify, investigate, and offer solutions to language problems. I hold a PhD in computational linguistics and I do research in the field of (in)formal learning of second and foreign language(s) through social media in multilingual and multicultural web communities.
My teaching and research experience at the university are clinical linguistics, audiovisual translation, language immersion, augmentative & alternative communication, machine translation, online learning communities.
TEDGlobal 2012, TEDGlobal 2011
Areas of Expertise
Social Media & Social Networks, Corpus Linguistics, Terminology Management, clinical linguistics, Foreign Language Didactics, Virtual worlds - Serious Games, CALL & CAT, Audiovisual & Scientific Translation, Multilingualism & Diversity, Open Education Culture & Open Educational Resources
An idea worth spreading
TED has the astonishing humanizing force to share knowledge in its entire variety of possibilities. This diversity is shown by people transmitting thoughts, ideas and perspectives about the world from a range of disciplines and backgrounds. This amazing humanizing power is also shown by the effort which volunteers from all over the world devote to transcribing, translating and reviewing published talks in the Open Translation Project. By subtitling in a huge amount of languages, the TED Translators contribute to the democratization of knowledge and validate Jonathan Zittrain's statement: The web understood as random acts of kindness.
I'm passionate about
-Science & technology applied for providing access to knowledge & education to vulnerable social groups (children, women, impaired people).
-Spreading my culture through cultural "Tapas"
Talk to me about
-Multilingualism & Bilingualism
-Brain & Cognitive Sciences
-Inclusive Education & Education for all
-(In)formal learning & the Web 2.0
-Augmentative & alternative communication
My TED story
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