Claudia Alsdorf

Senior Lecturer
Department of Language and Linguistics
 Claudia Alsdorf



I grew up in the Lake Constance area in the South of Germany, close to the Swiss, Austrian and French border. My university education included Germanistik and Theologie in Tübingen (Germany), and Linguistics and English Language with Computer Science in Edinburgh (UK). I worked as a free-lance translator for ten years before joining the University of Essex in 2004 (business and technical/scientific translation, editing translations). I have been teaching translation and interpreting on mastery level at Essex since 2010, and on our MA programmes in translation / interpreting / subtitling since 2012. I can offer MA supervision in the areas of - translation - subtitling - interpreting External Examiner for German at the University of York Full member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, divisions Translation and Education MCIL Member of the Deutscher Germanistenverband DAAD Germany Member of the Association for German Studies AGS in Great Britain and Ireland


  • MA Edinburgh

  • Diploma inTranslation (Chartered Institute of Linguists)

  • Full member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Practice

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research and professional activities

Research interests

language and identity (cultural transfer issues)

the performance aspect of interpreting

the use of poetry in language teaching

using portfolio assessment to develop transferable skills for the job market

intensive language learning strategies including multisensory language training

Conferences and presentations

Conference organiser for the Essex Language Conference for Teachers ELCT

Member of HOG UK conference (Heads of German)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling Skills (LA067)

  • Lower Intermediate German (LA220)

  • Initial German (LA210)

  • Intensive Initial German 1 (LA221)

  • Intensive Initial German 2 (LA222)

  • Higher Intermediate German (LA230)

  • Translation Portfolio I (German) (LA821)

  • Translation Portfolio II (German) (LA822)

  • Interpreting Practice I (German) (LA823)

  • Interpreting Practice II (German) (LA824)

  • Proficiency Level German (LA250)

  • Mastery Level German (LA260)

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4.315, Colchester Campus