BSc, MA (Sheffield)
University Tutor in Czech; Research Associate
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 7409
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
I come from Moravia, the eastern part of the Czech Republic. Before I started teaching Czech at the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies in 2004, I had worked for a number of years as a translator, interpreter, tour guide, and facilitator/lecturer in the area of personal development. While at Sheffield, I have completed a Bachelor's degree in Human Communication Sciences and a Master's degree in Language Acquisition, and I am currently studying for a professional Master's degree in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
Apart from teaching at the university, I have also worked as a free-lance community interpreter in Czech and Slovak.
I am interested in various aspects of second language acquisition. Previously, I have done projects on early acquisition of Czech phonology by English speakers, and on how biological motion events are encoded by advanced learners of Czech.
I have also collaborated with Professor Neil Bermel on a project exploring the acceptability of certain morphological features in Czech native speakers, and I am currently working as a Research Associate on a further similar project funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
My teaching-related research interests are centred around the use of technologies in language learning and teaching in Higher Education.
My teaching at the Department includes oral practice and language classes, and modules in Czech history and culture at all levels.
- RUS121/122 Czech Language and Culture for Beginners I, II
- RUS125/126 History of East Central Europe I, II (module coordinator)
- RUS307/308 Czech I, II
- RUS248 Studies in Czech Culture (module coordinator)
- RUS348/349 Czech Intermediate I, II
- RUS381/382 Varieties of Written and Spoken Czech I, II (module coordinator)
- RUS385 Project in Czech Studies
In collaboration with colleagues at the department, I have been developing innovative teaching materials for all levels of our curriculum. These include Level 2 "Studies in Czech Culture", Level 1 "History of East Central Europe", both funded through CILASS (Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences) grants. I have recently completed an advanced course "Varieties of Czech", funded by CEELBAS (Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies) and a package of interactive online exercises for beginner learners of Czech.
For the innovative use of technology in teaching, and in relation to running a translation project called "Translating Czech Castles" in 2012-2013, I have received a student-nominated Academic Award for Innovative Teaching.
Seminar and conference presentations
- 'Digital technologies in language learning and teaching', Slavonic languages graduate training workshop: “Challenges of Teaching Slavonic Languages in Higher Education", The University of Cambridge, March 2013.
- 'Slovesa pohybu v češtině a jejich osvojování z pohledu kognitivní lingvistiky' [Czech verbs of motion and their acquisition in the framework of cognitive linguistics], Summer School of Linguistics, Dačice, Czech Republic, August 2010.
- 'Describing motion events in Czech', Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Prague, October 2009.
- 'How to tackle history and not kill it: a student battle with the past', Third CILASS (Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield) Staff-Student Conference - Inquire, Engage, Challenge and Change, March 2009. (With Karolina Zioło)
- 'Acquisition of foreign language phonology: The first steps in learning Czech by English speakers', British Association of Academic Phoneticians 2008 Colloquium, The University of Sheffield, April 2008, [poster presentation]
- Bermel, N. & Knittl, L. (2012) Corpus frequency and acceptability judgements: A study of morphosyntactic variants in Czech, Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 8(2), 241-275. (full text)
- Bermel, N. & Knittl, L. (2012), Morphosyntactic variation and syntactic constructions in Czech nominal declension: corpus frequency and native-speaker judgements, Russian Linguistics, 36 (1), 91-119. (full text)