Claudia Alsdorf

Senior Lecturer
Department of Language and Linguistics
 Claudia Alsdorf



Claudia joined the University of Essex in 2004. She grew up in the Lake Constance area in the South of Germany, close to the Swiss, Austrian and French border. Her university education included Germanistik and Theologie in Tübingen (Germany), and Linguistics and English Language with Computer Science in Edinburgh (UK). Before joining the University of Essex, Claudia worked as a free-lance translator for ten years (business and technical/scientific translation, editing translations). She has been teaching translation and interpreting on mastery level at Essex since 2010, and on our MA programmes in translation / interpreting / subtitling since 2012. Claudia can offer MA supervision in the areas of - translation - subtitling - interpreting 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

United Kingdom, 2010

Member of HOG UK conference (Heads of German)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling Skills (LA067)

  • Lower Intermediate German (LA220)

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4.315, Colchester Campus