Associate Professor of German, Director of German Language
Margaret Gonglewski came to GW to direct the German language program in 1995, after completing her Ph.D. in German at Georgetown University. Her scholarly work centers on second language pedagogy, and she is active in producing materials for teaching and learning German, including the introductory-level textbook Treffpunkt Deutsch (Pearson). Dr. Gonglewski has also published articles on topics ranging from developing multiliterate learners to teaching sustainability in the advanced level language course.
As Coordinator of Business Language Programs at the GW Center for International Business Education and Research (funded by a grant from the Department of Education), Professor Gonglewski works on cross-disciplinary projects that link the study of language and culture to international business in both theory and practice. She recently spearheaded the relaunch of the Global Business Languages journal, which she co-edits with GW Professor of Arabic, Mohssen Esseesy. She regularly gives workshops and seminars on business language teaching, particularly in partnership with her long-time collaborator Prof. Anna Helm from GW’s School of Business.
Dr. Gonglewski runs the curriculum for the first three years of the GW German language program sequence and also teaches the advanced level “Business German” course, which connects students to German-speaking businesses and organizations in Washington, DC, through class site visits and consulting projects. Every other year she offers her course “Germany in the Global Business Context” with the theme of green business, which includes a spring break trip to Frankfurt, Heidelberg, and Stuttgart. She also teaches “Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy” in tandem with the “Language Learning Assistant” program she started in 2014. Her work with students has been recognized through the Bender Teaching Award as well as the CCAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising. Visit Professor Gonglewski’s web page and follow @GWGermanProgram on Twitter and Instagram.