Dr. Christina Frei

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Freie Universität Berlin

International Summer and Winter University

(FUBiS)

Email
fubis[at]fubis.org

Christina Frei is Executive Director of Language Instruction for the School of Arts & Sciences, Academic Director of the Penn Language Center, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Senior Lecturer in Foreign Language at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in constructivist curriculum design, intercultural communication, and diverse applications of technology for teaching and learning world languages and cultures.

In 2017, Christina Frei received two national teaching awards recognizing her contributions to Language and Teacher Education: The 2017 AATG Outstanding German Educator Award and the 2017 ACTFL-NYSAFLT Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. 

Christina Frei designed and implemented the curriculum of the FUBiS German language program.

  • 2017
    Academic Regional Director of Lauder Europe Summer Immersion Program, University of Pennsylvania
  • February 2015
    University of Pennsylvania Representative, Selection Committee for the 2015 DAAD   Guest professorship, Bonn, Germany
  • Fall 2013 – 2019
    Representative of the Lecturers, University Council, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2012 – present
    Member, Online Learning Faculty Advisory Committee, Penn Language Center, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2012 2013
    LAC language assessment working group on behalf of Dean Jeff Kallberg
  • 2009 present
    Language Advisory Committee to the Dean, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2006 – present
    Consultant, Ernst-Reuter Gesellschaft, GmbH., Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2007 2009
    Director, German Language Program, FUBiS
  • 2005 2009
    Principal, Immanuel German School, Philadelphia
  • 2004 2006
    President, AATG Philadelphia, Vicinity and Delaware
  • 1993 - 2000
    University of California at Davis
    Ph.D., German with Designated Emphases in Feminist Theory and Research and in Second Language Acquisition, University of California, Davis. March 2002.
  • 1991 - 1993
    University of California, Davis
    B.A., German with Honors.
  • 1999 - 1990
    College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA
    A.A. with Honors, Major in Psychology.

University of Pennsylvania

  • 2013 – present
    Inaugural Executive Director of Language Instruction
  • 2011 – present
    Adjunct Associate Professor of Education, GSE
  • 2009 – present
    Academic Director and Chair of Penn Language Center
  • 2008 – 2011
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education
  • 2005 – present
    Senior Lecturer in Foreign Language and Director of Language Instruction
  • 2000 – 2005
    Lecturer in Foreign Languages and Language Program Coordinator

Academic Honors:

  • 2017 AATG Outstanding German Educator Award
  • 2017 ACTFL-NYSAFLT Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education
  • 2010 SAS Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty
  • Nominee, Dean's Award for Distinguished Teach
  • ing, 2002/2003, University of Pennsylvania
  • Transatlantisches interkulturelles Nachwuchsförderungsprogramm Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TraiNDaF), 2001-2002
  • Professors for the Future Honors Program, University of California at Davis, 1999-2000
  • University of California at Davis Fellowship 1998-99  
  • Consortium for Women and Research Graduate Research Award, UCDavis, 1998
  • Kaplan Award for Excellence in Student Teamwork 1997
  • Teaching Award for Outstanding Graduate Students 1997
  • Emilyn Louise Vaage Scholarship 1992-1993

Grants

  • SAS Language Teaching Innovation Grant, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • SAS Language Teaching Innovation Grant, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
  • Consortium Grant, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2004
  • Venture Grant, University of Pennsylvania, Summer 2001-present
  • Consortium Grant, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2001
  • Teaching Resource Center Travel Grant, University of California at Davis, 1999
  • Special Undergraduate Instruction Improvement Grant 1998
  • Departmental Travel Stipend 1998
  • Graduate Studies Travel Award 1997
  • Special Undergraduate Instruction Improvement Grant 1995

Work in Progress

Augenblicke: German through Film, Media, and Texts, co-author Bridget Swanson, University of Vermont and Glenn Levine, University of California, Irvine. [485 pp., fully integrated online platform, and ancillary materials] under review with Klett Verlag.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • “Teaching Perspectives: Intercultural Development at All Levels” with co-authors Deborah Page and Margaret Strair in The Language Educator, Jan/Feb 2018, pp. 44 – 48.

  • “Implication of the AP World Language Curriculum for University Language Programs” with co-authors Bridget Swanson, Glenn S. Levine, and Heather Willis Allen in The Interconnected Language Classroom: Critical Transitions and Interfaces in Articulated K-16 Contexts, Eds. Johanna Watzinger-Tharp and Per Urlaub. AAUSC Vol. 17, 2016, pp. 99 – 117.

  • Co-Constructing Learning: The Dynamic Nature of Foreign Language Pedagogy in a CMC Environment, CALICO Special Topics Edition, Volume 22, Number 3, 2005, 657-678.
  • CD-ROM for textbook Deutsch Na Klar! 4/e. McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN 0-07-249253-8
  • CD-ROM for testing bank Fokus Deutsch, McGraw-Hill, 2000. ISBN 0-07-236912-4.
  • CD-ROM for textbook Deutsch Na Klar! 3/e, McGraw-Hill, 1999. ISBN 0-07-236252-9.
  • "Minds, Bodies and Memories: The mind/body split in Christa Wolf's Kassandra." Focus on Literatur, University of Cincinnati, Volume 6, I, Spring 1999, 1-15.

Publications

  • Homo.Cyber Project, University of Pennsylvania: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/german/215/
  • "Using Instructional Technology to Facilitate Active Learning." University of Pennsylvania Almanac, Volume 50 Number 22, 2004, 8.

Reviews

  • Literatur, Lehren, Lernen: Hochschuldidaktik und germanistische Literaturwissenschaft. Susanne Hochreiter, Ursula Klingenböck (Hg.) Modern Austrian Literature, Vol. 40, No. 3, 2007, 124-126.
  • Rafik Schami, Milad: Von einem, der auszog, um einundzwanzig Tage satt zu werden. Focus on Literatur, University of Cincinnati, Volume 6, I, Spring 1999, 78-79.
  • The Body and Eucharistic Devotion in Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg’s Meditation, by
  • Kathleen Foley-Beining, Women in German Newsletter, Spring 1999, Number 78, 22-23.
  • Grimmelshausen the Storyteller. A Study of the Simplician Novels, by Alan Menhennet,
  • German Studies Review, Volume XXII, Number 1, February 1999, 111-112.

Work in Progress

  • “Articulation in Action” Neues Curriculum, Journal for Best Practices in Higher Education German Studies (submitted for publication Spring 2009).
  • Leben im Dazwischen: Teaching Contemporary German Authors.” In preparation for Die Unterrichtspraxis.
  • „Curricular design based on a computer learner corpus.” In preparation for the on-line journal Language, Learning, and Technology.