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Friederike Fichtner is Lecturer of German at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her PhD in German and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015, where she served as a Teaching Fellow in the College of Letters & Science. She has also studied at Georgetown University, the National University of Ireland, Galway, and at the University of Dresden, where she received her MA in German literature, culture, and philosophy.
Dr. Fichtner teaches undergraduate courses in German and graduate courses in Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Pedagogy. She coordinates the first-year undergraduate language program and supervises teaching assistants.
Her research interests are centered in the field of Second Language Acquisition, with a focus on the role of sociocultural knowledge and cultural identity in foreign language learning. She takes a special interest in the relationship between learners’ and German native speakers’ perspectives on language use, specifically expressions of affection. Her current research explores the notions of cultural difference as compared to cultural contrast, particularly in light of intracultural variation. She has co-authored an article on the cultural identities of foreign language teachers (L2 Journal, 2011), and an article on first-language use in the teaching of culture appeared has appeared in Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German.
Second language acquisition; the teaching of culture in the foreign language classroom; intracultural variation and the mediation of cultural difference; learner beliefs and perceptions; interlanguage pragmatics
“The Cultural Identities of Foreign Language Teachers.” (co-authored with K. Chapman) L2 Journal. 3.1 (2011): 116-140.
"Learning Culture in the Target Language: The Students' Perspectives." Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German. 48.2 (2015): 229-243.
Spring 2017 Courses
L21 German 101D: Basic German: Core Course I
L21 German 102D: Basic German: Core Course II
L21 German 402: Advanced Grammar and Style Lab
L21 German 5053: Seminar in Theories of Foreign Language Pedagogy / Theories of Second Language Acquisition