Tonja has been teaching German at HKU since 1995.
Within the German Programme, Tonja is teaching all levels of core language courses as well as electives and capstone courses. She created and co-created numerous courses to update the syllabus. Among the courses she designed are GRMN2023 German media, GRMN3028 Kino!, GRMN3032 German Reading Course, GRMN4003 Deutsch Aktuell, and GRMN4001 German IV (capstone experience).
Tonja is in charge of communicating with universities in Germany and Austria and advises students on summer courses and potential exchange programmes in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
Tonja is a registered DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Ortslektor.
In 2010, she was the first SMLC staff member to receive the Arts Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
Knowledge Exchange activities
Examiner for the German oral DSE and IGCSE exams for secondary students in Hong Kong
11/2021 “Teachers´ Lift” Podcast, hosted by Dr. Aditi Jhaveri from CAES: on the importance of building on students' skills acquired while learning a first and second language to help them learn a new foreign language
German Speech Competition 2020: in collaboration with the Goethe Institute Hong Kong
2016/2017 German Taster Course: six-week course to introduce German and the German-speaking countries to disadvantaged secondary students (in collaboration with the Swiss Consulate General in Hong Kong, local charity Project WeCan, and SMLC colleague Shirly Tang)
Experiential learning opportunities
By setting up relations between the German Programme and various universities in Germany, Tonja enabled HKU students to attend summer courses or further their studies there. This close relationship led to the establishment of two scholarships for students of the German Programme sponsored by the University of Freiburg and the University of Tübingen.
She also approached an outside donor, Lufthansa, for sponsorship, which led to the creation of the Lufthansa Scholarship and an internship opportunity for students with Lufthansa.
FACULTY OF ARTS
2010 – present Faculty Review Committee on Discontinuation (undergraduate/postgraduate)
10/2016 – 10/2018 Committee on Gender Equality and Diversity, first elected SMLC representative
SCHOOL OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES
2008 – 2011 Deputy Head for 4-year Curriculum Reform
532, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
HKU Scholars Hub
Region and Language
The role of women in German commercials and advertising, German cinema, The influence of English and Cantonese on Hong Kong learners of German, Third-language acquisition among Hong Kong and Asian students