Dr. Erwin Tschirner (University of Leipzig) will give a lecture titled “Häufigkeitsverteilungen im Deutschen und ihr Einfluss auf das Lehren und Lernen des DaF.”

Erwin Tschirner is Dean, Professor of German, and Director of the Herder Institute at the Universiy of Leipzig. He received his PhD in Germanic Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of numerous books and articles on the Acquisition and Teaching of German as a Foreign Language (DaF), most recently the Frequency Dictionary of German: Core Vocabulary for Learners ( with R. Jones, London: Routledge, 2005). He is co-author of the most widely used North American textbook for first-year German, Kontakte, and frequently returns to the US, giving presentations and directing ACTFL OPI training workshops, as well as teaching as Adjunct Professor of German Studies at The University of Arizona.