Faculty Affiliates of the Center for the Humanities
Dr. Christiane K Eydt-Beebe
Associate Professor of German
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Prof. Eydt-Beebe teaches all levels of German, special topics courses, the Methods course for teacher education candidates, and, in collaboration with History, a new course on “The Nazi Past in German Film.” She has a special interest in Film Studies and teaches EIU's senior seminar, Word Film: Language and Culture in Film (EIU 4104G), offering an online option. She also organizes and supervises the after school program in area elementary schools that is taught by our advanced language students in Spanish, French, and German. Her latest project is a faculty-led study abroad program for Summer 2015--History and Memory in the New Germany (with Dr. Sace Elder from History).
After growing up in a small village in the Fulda valley in the state of Hessen, she attended Philipps-Universität Marburg and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen where she received her Staatsexamen degree in English. Coming to Penn State University as a visiting scholar, she developed a passion for teaching German and decided to stay, earning an MA and a PhD in German from Penn State. She joined EIU in 2005.
Her research interests include methods of foreign language teaching and strategies of developing oral proficiency. She has also presented and published in the areas of foreign language film studies and translation studies. She serves as president of the Southern Illinois Chapter of AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) and is chair of the higher education committee of ICTFL (Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Besides traveling to Germany every summer, she enjoys serving as AP German reader with colleagues from all over the country.
EducationPenn State University (PhD)
Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany (Staatsexamen)
Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
Professional OrganizationsAATG (American Association of Teachers of German)
ICTFL (Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)