Dr. Michelle Norgate

Fachschaftsleitung Englisch
Tel.: 044 634 52 87






First language: English; learnt Swiss-German and German as a child. Other languages: Italian, French.

Curriculum vitae

  • Studied English literature and communication and German language and literature at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand (BA double major English/German, MA English/German, PhD Humanities)
  • Scholarships and awards: Goethe Society Prize, NZ Federation of University Women Scholarship, Massey Scholarship (for MA studies), DAAD scholarship, Massey University doctoral scholarship
  • Previous employment: Lecturer of business and legal English (ZHAW), journalist, editor (English), translator (German/English), team leader on a third-party project at ETH Center for Security Studies
  • Further training: CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); various IT courses (including Photoshop, web design software, specialist software for newspaper design); management and leadership courses

Current activities at the Language Center

Head of English Unit since February 2013, English lecturer

Current interests

Academic writing in English, teacher training and mentoring, new forms of learning (e.g. blended, self-guided, and autonomous learning), English-language job applications, NZ literature and film, English literature