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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Ms Silke Mentchen

Ms Silke Mentchen
Senior Language Teaching Officer
German & Dutch
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 335 017 (Department Office)
+44 (0)1223 332 103 (College Office)

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Silke Mentchen, a graduate of Cologne University, has been teaching German as a foreign language at all levels in tertiary education since 1994. She is one of two Senior Language Teaching Officers in the Department of German and Dutch. She is also fellow, Director of Studies and tutor at Magdalene College. 

Teaching interests: 

She teaches and examines at all levels, with a special interest in translation studies and beginners' language courses. She has developed on-line material, both for the Faculty’s teaching of translation (see here), and for potential students of languages, see here for examples:  German modules for HE+ and Just-in-Time Grammar, as well as on-line A2- and AS level material for Villiers Park.

Together with a colleague, she has published Upgrade Your German, a German grammar exercise book, and articles on the methodology and pedagogy on-line resources, see here and here

Silke Mentchen is in charge of the Cambridge German Network, is the Faculty’s adviser for the Prince’s Teaching Institute, the Faculty’s coordinator for whynotlang@cam (for details of a recent event click here) and the Department’s coordinator for HE+. She organises the Sozialgeschichte lecture series for Part IB in the Department and is currently the Faculty’s Director of Outreach and School Liaison.

In the context of the Sozialgeschichte lecture series, Silke has organised the involvement of German writers with the support of Queen Mary University College, London. Previous speakers were:

2007: Sibylle Lewitscharoff and Angelika Overath
2008: Björn Kern
2009: Matthias Politycki and Jan Böttcher
2010: Kai Weyand
2011: Christopher Kloeble
2012: David Wagner
2013: Kristof Magnusson
2014: Thomas Meinecke and Ilija Trojanow
2015: Peter Schneider

2016: Ulf Stolterfoht

Research interests: 

Silke has presented papers at the IDT (International Deutschlehrer Tagung) twice, on using CALL and on using metaphors in foreign language teaching. She is currently the organiser of a workshop on multilingualism funded by the Cambridge DAAD Research Hub.


Published works: 

Silke Mentchen has developed on-line teaching material for the Department and the Faculty: 10 webpages for translation into German.

German modules for HE+

She has published Upgrade Your German, a German grammar exercise book, Just-in-Time Grammar, an on-line grammar programme and Speed Up Your German (strategies to avoid common errors) together with her colleague Annemarie Künzl-Snodgrass. Together they published articles on the methodology and pedagogy of the project, see here and here. She has also developed on-line A2- and AS level material for Villiers Park. She is currently under contract to write an A level textbook for Routledge.


Further publications: