Sporing, Marion


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  • First State Exam for Teachers (Erstes Staatsexamen in Germanistik, Russistik und Pädagogik),
    Hamburg University, 1980
  • Second State Exam for Teachers (Zweites Staatsexamen), LEA Hamburg 1982 (teaching qualification)
  • Master´s in Slavonic Studies, (Magister artium) , Hamburg University, 1983

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • MCIL (Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists)
  • FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)
  • FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts)

Career History

  • 2004 to date: Senior Lecturer in Languages & European Studies
  • 1994-2004: Lecturer in Language Studies in Continuing Education, then in CALS
  • 1991-1994: Lecturer in German at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle
  • 1989-1991: Teacher at Monkwearmouth School, Sunderland (member of GTC)
  • 1988-1989: Lecturer at Wilmorton FE College, Derby
  • 1986-1988: teacher /lecturer at New College, Durham, Longbenton Community High School, Newcastle and WEA
  • 1984-1986: Lector in German at University of Newcastle (DAAD/ German Academic Exchange Service
  • 1983-1984: part time lecturer Hamburg University and Bochum Lehrinstitut für Russische Sprache
  • 1982-1983: research assistant Hamburg University, Slavonic Studies
  • 1980-1982: student teacher in German and Russian at grammar schools in Hamburg



  • German language and culture (years 3 and 4)
  • Challenges in Contemporary Europe (year 2)
  • International Education (postgraduate)


  • Co-ordinator German
  • Convenor European Studies

Other Roles

  • Mediator (University Early Dispute Resolution panel)
  • Dundee UCU Vice President

Research interests


  • International education
  • Intercultural awareness in language teaching and learning
  • Post war German and Russian literature
  • Benchmarking in languages and related studies
  • Blended learning approaches in language teaching and learning
  • Language teacher training and staff development
  • European language policy

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Research Output 2004 2019


Modern Languages in Scotland in the Context of Brexit

Doughty, H. & Spöring, M., 2018, Languages after Brexit: How the UK Speaks to the World. Kelly, M. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 137-147 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

1+2: Looking Back and Moving Forward: To 2020 and Beyond for Scotland’s 1+2 Language Policy

Spöing, M., Doughty, H. & de Britos, A., Mar 2017, University of Strathclyde. 34 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Da! a Practical Guide to Russian Grammar

Filosofova, T. & Sporing, M., 2012, Hodder Education. 288 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

language usage
electronic learning

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Membership of council

University Council of Modern Languages Scotland (External organisation)

Marion Sporing (Chair)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of council