Erstes Staatsexamen (MA), (Freiburg, Germany 1995),  Zweites Staatsexamen (Freiburg, Germany 1998). Postgraduate University Degree in French as a Foreign Language (Mulhouse, France 1996). 3 Postgraduate Degrees in German as a Foreign Language from the Goethe-Institut and Universität Kassel (Munich, Kassel, Germany 2000-2003)

Florian has native proficiency in German and has been studying languages (French, English, Latin, Classical Greek, Italian and Swedish, in that order) for most of his life.

Since beginning teaching German as a Foreign Language in 1998, he has taught at six different institutions in Italy and Canada. His main employer in Italy was the Goethe-Institut, the most respected institution for teaching German as a Foreign Language worldwide, where he taught all levels including Business German. He also has experience teaching German literature and linguistics. At the Scuola Superiore Interpreti e Traduttori Vittoria, he taught an undergraduate seminar in German literature: Literatur danach? Deutsche Nachkriegsliteratur, as well as an undergraduate seminar in German Language and Linguistics.

Florian came to UBC in 2001 and has taught German 100, 110, 200, 210, 300, 310, 400 and 433 in the CENES Department. He aims to establish a good connection with his students, and to enable them to communicate in German and to develop their intercultural awareness. He feels very fortunate about the people he has the privilege to work with.

Second / Foreign Language Acquisition
German as a Foreign Language

Courses currently teaching

Winter 2016

GERM300 Intermediate German III Sections

Fluency in many relevant situations; competence in the most important areas of cultural life; familiarity with study resources and study skills. Review and expansion of grammar; fostering of speaking and writing skills.

Winter 2016

GERM110 Beginners' German II Sections

Introduction to the language. Ability to communicate accurately in a variety of everyday situations, speak about past events and express ideas and hypotheses in German. See also GERM 433.

Winter 2016

GERM100 Beginners' German I Sections

Introduction to the language. Ability to communicate accurately in a variety of everyday situations. See also GERM 433.

Winter 2016

GERM310 Intermediate German IV Sections

Fostering of the ability to discuss controversial issues, express ideas clearly in writing and write essays on selected topics in German. Ongoing grammar review and expansion.