Details of Ph.D Degree students:
Current PhD students:
Berno Ruckstuhl (German Studies), based in Berlin
Eucharia Donnery (Drama and Theatre Studies), based at Sophia University, Tokyo*
Mandy Collins (Applied Linguistics)*
Jennifer Rogers (Drama and Theatre Studies)
Micha Fleiner (Fremdsprachenpädagogik), based at University of Freiburg
*joint winners of 1st Prize in UCC's 2011 Doctoral Showcase Competition
Completed PhD research projects:
2007-MANNIX, Valerie:PhD in German: German as a Foreign Language/Applied Linguistics): Motivation - the Language Learner and
2002-EVEN, Susanne:PhD in German: Drama Grammatik - Dramapädagogische Ansätze für den Grammatikunterricht Deutsch als Fremdsprache.
Completed MPhil research projects
Completed MPhil projects:
2005 - GIBBONS, Kara:(MPhil in German) Towards Process Drama in the German Classroom at Primary Level in Ireland: An Investigation
into the suitability of the dramatic method and in particular, process drama, in the teaching of German to younger learners
2007 - RIORDAN, Emma:(MPhil in German) Learner Autonomy in Ab Initio German Language Learning at Third Level in Ireland.
1995 - BOURKE, Melissa: (MPhil in German) The Interplay of "Lebens- und Zeigeschichte" in Elias Canetti's Autobiographical
Completed MA research projects:
McCARTHY, Nevin (MA in German Studies): German through Drama at an Irish Primary School: Exploring the Learning Potential
of Still Images
LEEN, Louise (MA in Applied Linguistics): Conversing with Autism: A Case Study of the Communicative Abilities of an Adolescent
McCARTHY, Nevin (MA in German Studies)
SCANNELL, Katherine (MA in Applied Linguistics): New Technologies Paving the Way for Improved Second Language Acquisition
in Irish Post Primary Schools.
DARBY, Rachel (MA in German Studies): An argument for placing drama at the centre of the foreign language classroom in Irish
COLLINS, Dara (MA in Drama and Theatre Studies): How to empower the young artist? The exploration of an alternative directorial
approach to a play in a youth theatre setting.
DOYLE, Eamonn (MA in Drama and Theatre Studies): Facilitating Shakespeare in the English Classroom. The Why, the How, and
What Role You Must Play.
(co-supervision with Dr. Gert Hofmann)
BLACHINSKA-BOYBAY, Malgorzata (MA in German Studies): Pädagogische Impulse aus den Lessingschen Werken - "Nathan der Weise"
einmal anders erleben: Ein dramapädagogisches Unterrichtsmodell zur 'Ringparabel' von Gottfried Ephraim Lessing
MUYLLAERT, Cuan (MA in Drama and Theatre Studies): Towards Drama as a Tool for Inclusive Practice in Special Needs Education
McCARTHY, Timothy (MA in Drama and Theatre Studies): Alive, alive, oh!: A Case Study of the Sri Lanka Festival of Music, Dance
AHEARNE, Catherine (MA in German Studies): Physicality in the language classroom: Increasing boys' participation through Total
Physical Response (TPR).
COLLINS, Mandy (MA in Applied Linguistics): Orientation and Assessment of newly arrived non-native English speaking post-primary
students: a framework for teachers.
MOONEY, Emma Patricia (MA in Applied Linguistics): Towards a more Interactive Second Language Infant Classroom.
PENKERT, Sile (MA in Drama and Theatre Studies): Why parade? An exposition of communal celebration in Ireland between 1986
LYNCH, Paula:(MA in Drama and Theatre Studies)
FRIMBERGER, Katja:(MA in Drama and Theatre Studies) Towards a Pedagogy of Strangeness. Language Learning as Preparation for
TALUTYTE, Valdone:(MA in Drama and Theatre Studies) Talent Glowing in the Dark. Black Light Theatre for People with Learning
NOONAN, Bernadette Laura:(MA in Applied Linguistics) Immigrant Children Acquiring the Language of Instruction in Primary School
as an L2: Language Education Policy and Practice in Ireland in the Context of Europe.
WHITE, Katie:(MA in Applied Linguistics) To Determine the Effect of Integration on Motivationamong Immigrant children in the
Irish Primary classroom.
McGRATH, Sinead:(MA in Drama and Theatre Studies) Before the Drama: A Praxis Approach to Planning for Process Drama.
BORGE, Sheree:(MA in Applied Linguistics) An exploration of the use of drama activities in teaching German in a third-level
BYRNES, Gemma:(MA in Drama and Theatre Studies) The Use of Drama as an Aid to Teaching Irish in the Primary School Classroom.
CARSON, Luke:(MA in Applied Linguistics) The Benefits of Language Learning Autonomy. A new Focus for Teachers and Learners.
CUMMINS, Una:(MA in Applied Linguistics) Towards an Understanding of Intercultural Experience: Teaching Chinese students at
Waterford Institute of Technology.
KELLEHER, Karen Maria:(MA in Drama and Theatre Studies) Towards a deeper understanding and appreciation of the imagination
in teaching and learning.
BOYLAND, Elizabeth:(MA in Applied Linguistics) Towards Holistic Pedagogy - An Investigation into the Use of Music, Chanting
and Relaxation to Enhance Second Language Acquisition.
BRUENING. Anneke:(MA in Drama and Theatre Studies) Towards a 21st Century Dramaturgy - Exploring the significance and possibilities
of practical dramaturgy in differing theatre systems.
O'BRIEN, Kathleen Margaret:(MA in Drama and Theatre Studies) Teaching Beginners French to an Irish Primary Fourth Class based
on Drama in Education and Howard Gardner's Approach to Education.
POWER, Kevin:(MA in Drama and Theatre Studies) Brecht from Page to Mouth: A Practical approach to Brecht's theatre on foot
of an original translation of his BAAL Learning Play fragments of 1930.
PRENDERGAST, Mairin: (MA in Drama and Theatre Studies) Snapshots of Ibsen as taken by Brecht: A Practical theatre Project.
BREWER, Ken:(MA in Applied Linguistics)Suggestopedia - a critical evaluation of its pure version, some of its variants, and
the application of suggestopedic techniques in the teaching and learning.
HAYES, Patricia:(MA in Applied Linguistics) Irish University Students' Attitude towards Foreign Languages. A case study of
First Year Students at UCC.
Murray, Ailne:(MA in Drama and Theatre Studies) Learning through Theatre - The Role of the German Play in Irish Third Level
HUSFELD, Uta - Waterford Institute of Technology (MA by Research): "Mehr Freiheit zur Wahrheit": Die Darstellung der sozioökonomischen
und politischen Verhältnisse in der Prosa von Christoph Hein
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