Marion Spöring

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Senior Lecturer (Languages and European Studies)




  • First State Exam for Teachers (Erstes Staatsexamen in Germanistik, Russistik und Pädagogik),
    Hamburg University, 1980
  • Second State Exam for Teachers (Zweites Staatsexamen), LEA Hamburg 1982 (teaching qualification)
  • Master´s in Slavonic Studies, (Magister artium) , Hamburg University, 1983

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • MCIL (Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists)
  • FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)
  • FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts)

Career History

  • 2004 to date: Senior Lecturer in Languages & European Studies
  • 1994-2004: Lecturer in Language Studies in Continuing Education, then in CALS
  • 1991-1994: Lecturer in German at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle
  • 1989-1991: Teacher at Monkwearmouth School, Sunderland (member of GTC)
  • 1988-1989: Lecturer at Wilmorton FE College, Derby
  • 1986-1988: teacher /lecturer at New College, Durham, Longbenton Community High School, Newcastle and WEA
  • 1984-1986: Lector in German at University of Newcastle (DAAD/ German Academic Exchange Service
  • 1983-1984: part time lecturer Hamburg University and Bochum Lehrinstitut für Russische Sprache
  • 1982-1983: research assistant Hamburg University, Slavonic Studies
  • 1980-1982: student teacher in German and Russian at grammar schools in Hamburg

Teaching and Administration

Teaching and Administration


  • German language and culture (years 3 and 4)
  • Challenges in Contemporary Europe (year 2)
  • International Education (postgraduate)


  • Co-ordinator German
  • Convenor European Studies

Other Roles

  • Mediator (University Early Dispute Resolution panel)
  • Dundee UCU Vice President

Research and scholarly interests

Research and scholarly interests

  • International education
  • Intercultural awareness in language teaching and learning
  • Post war German and Russian literature
  • Benchmarking in languages and related studies
  • Blended learning approaches in language teaching and learning
  • Language teacher training and staff development
  • European language policy

Main publications

Most recent

  • Da! A Practical Guide to Russian Grammar, (2012) , Tatiana Filosofova and Marion Spöring, Hodder Education
  • Contributor to VENOCES, Vocational English online web based language learning platform (as part of European partner team) , 2008
  • Languages on your Screen DVD with supporting website ( Baltic Languages for Beginners for speakers of English, German, French and Spanish) as part of European partner team, supported by SOCRATES), 2008 Networking on the Net. In EL Gazette. March 2006
  • Spöring, M. (2005), I found myself hiding there between the lines. Holistic Approaches within a Virtual Learning Environment for Language Teaching Professionals. In: Penman, C. ed., Holistic Language Learning. Peter Lang. Frankfurt, p. 143-145
  • McNeill, Spöring, Hartley, (2004), Benchmarking in Modern Languages in UK Higher Education: insights from the language teaching community. In: Language Learning journal: Winter, No. 30, p. 47-51
  • Publications range from Russian literature to staff development , benchmarking and intercultural awareness from 1983 to date