Ass. Prof. Marianne Zappen-Thomson

Department: Language and Literature Studies

1. Name: (Title , First, Last Names) Ass. Prof. Marianne Zappen-Thomson
2. Tertiary Qualifications
(High to Low)
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  • D.Litt German: Interkulturelles Lehren und Lernen in einer multikulturellen Gesellschaft. Deutsch als Fremdsprache in Namibia.
  • M.A. German:  Liedertexte im fremdkulturellen Literaturunterricht
  • B.A.(Hons) German - cum laude
3. Current Position Associate Professor,
4. Campus Address (Postal, Room No, Block/Unit) Main Campus, Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue, Windhoek
Block Y, Room Y045
5. Office Phone, Fax & Cell phone (optional) +264 61 206 3857
+264 61 206 3863
6. Email  Address mzappen@unam.na
7. Short Biography
(maximum 150 words)
Prof. Marianne Zappen-Thomson is a Namibian by birth;
She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Stellenbosch. Her main areas of interest are intercultural communication, translation and interpretation as well as teaching German as a foreign language in Namibia. She is the editor of the online journal eDUSA (http://www.sagv.org.za/eDUSA/index.htm), an executive member of the Association for German Studies in Southern Africa (SAGV), member of the German Curriculum Group, NIED. Organised the annual German Teachers conference together with the AGDS and NaDS/GZ. She has received scholarships from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the Goethe Institut, a Grant of the Rockefeller Foundation. Furthermore she has attended and presented papers a conferences world wide, amongst others in Lucerne, Switzerland, in Leipzig, Germany and Dublin, Ireland. Prof. Zappen-Thomson was on the organising committee for the XXI SAGV-Conference held at UNAM, Windhoek, from 14 to 16 April 2003 and she is a Founding member and executive committee member of Mopane Fonds. She serves on the Standing Committee for German as a Foreign Language, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and is involved in various community projects.
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9. Recently Taught Courses
(last 2 years- include course codes)
Foundations of German - HLGB3511
German for Beginners - HLGB3532
Complex German Patterns - HLGS3611
Intercultural Communication - GGS 3410
Translation Foreign Lang. – Mother Tongue - TFM 4110 
Translation Mother Tongue – Foreign Lang. - TMF 4110 
Interpreting - TII  4110   
Teaching Methods German - CAO 3340
10. Academic interest/ expertise
  • Progression in learning a foreign language
  • Translation in theory or praxis in Namibia
  • Intercultural learning in Southern African literature
11. Research and Publications
List of references/citations:
Title, year, place& publisher
(includes links to abstracts& UNAM Press)
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Books
Zappen-Thomson, M (2000): Interkulturelles Lernen und Lehren in einer multikulturellen Gesellschaft – Deutsch als Fremdsprache in Namibia. Göttingen/Windhoek, Klaus-Hess-Verlag.

Chapters in Book
Zappen-Thomson, M. (2004): “Transkultur, Tourismus und Translation im Deutschstudium an der UNAM” In: Deutsch als Herausforderung. Fremdsprachenunterricht und Literatur in Forschung und Lehre. Festschrift für Rainer Kussler, 2004: 111-120.

Zappen-Thomson, M. (2006): “Is the journey from A to B in the context of foreign language teaching in Namibia a linear one?“ In Harden, Theo / Witte, Arnd / Köhler, Dirk (eds.): The Concept of Progression in the Teaching and Learning of Foreign Languages  Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2006. 167-180. 

Zappen-Thomson, M (2007): “Wann ist accommodation Unterkunft und wann nicht? Von der Theorie und Praxis der Translation in Namibia“ In Weber, Undine/ Wozniak, Janina (eds): Kultur- und Literaturvermittlung. Festschrift für Werner Krüger, 2007, 119-131.

Articles:
Zappen-Thomson, M. (2005): Editor: eDUSA – Band 1, Jahrgang 2006: Nr. 1/2 [ISSN 1991-6272] Redaktionelles, Vorwort, Nachruf: Prof. Dr. R. Ehnert

Zappen-Thomson, M. (2005): “Ade „trenne nie st, denn es tut ihm weh“ Die neue deutsche Rechtschreibung  In eDUSA 1,2006, 1/2: 21-28.

Zappen-Thomson, M. (2006): „DaF-LlehrerInnen engagieren sich“ Allgemeine Zeitung, 27.7.2006

Zappen-Thomson, M (2007): „Inter- und Transkulturelle Begegnungen in A. P. Brinks Roman The other side of silenceActa Germanica 34, 81-88.

Zappen-Thomson, M. (2007): Editor: eDUSA – Band 2, Jahrgang 2007: Nr. 1 [ISSN 1991-6272] Redaktionelles, Vorwort, Preisverleihung des Projekts Lilie

Conference Papers:
“Inter- und Transkulturelle Begegnungen in A.P.   Brinks Roman “The other side of silence” Paper presented at the SAGV Conference, University of Stellenbosch, 30 March – 2 April 2005.

Panel discussion “Lohnt sich eine deutsche, namibische Literatur?” – Literaturforum 23.20 2006.

so nye ihr seid sehr cool - Lucia Engombe über sich und die, die einst DDR-Kinder genannt wurden.” Paper presented at the SAGV Conference, University of Witwatersrand, 2 April -5 April 2007.

Kind Nr. 95 einmal anders betrachtet“ Paper presented at the NaDS/Goethe Centre, Windhoek, 12 November 2007.
12. Recent Professional Activities (last 2 years):
Training, Presentations, University Committees, Community Outreach, Professional Associations, Bodies &Public Lectures
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Workshop at Annual Conference for German Teachers in Arandis, “Nur der frühe Vogel erwischt die Badewanne” Von der Theorie und Praxis beim Übersetzen in Namibia. Namibia, organised by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Schulvereine and NaDS, July 2005.
Workshop Annual conference for German Teachers in Arandis Namibia, „The new oral examination for the NSSC“. organized by the AGDS and NaDS, 20 – 23.7.2006
WorkshopWorkshop for German as foreign language teachers “The elaboration of the defined content of the NSSC-H curriculum and how to conduct examinations for the NSSC”, NaDS-GoetheZentrum, 29 February – 2 March 2008

External Examner:
M.Phil. (Translation).
Candidate: Ms. V. Claassen
Title: Die vertaling van Dialekte – Knelpunte en Veelvoud van die Volkseie
Supervisor: Prof. AE Feinauer, Dept. of Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosch University

Master’s Theses in German.
Candidate: Ms R. L. Brunke
Title: Deutschland und Fragen der Identität in Liedtexten von Herbert Grönemeyer
Supervisor: Dr. R. Annas, Dep. Modern Foreign Languages, Stellenbosch University

M.Phil. (CALL)
Candidate: Mr. MW  Jakus
Title: [E-] Learning by Doing - Integrierter und handlungsorientierter Einsatz neuer Medien am Beispiel Goethe-Zentrum Kapstadt
Supervisor: Ms. R. du Toit, Dep. Modern Foreign Languages, Stellenbosch University.
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