Lys is Professor of German in the Department of German (B.A. and
M.A., University of Rochester; Ph.D. in Linguistics, Northwestern University).
Professor Lys’ research
is concerned with the application and evaluation
the effectiveness of media-related and technological innovations
to improve the learning of foreign languages. Since 1987 Dr. Lys has been collaborating
with Dr. William Anthony on the production of various educational
documentaries. They have produced and directed Drehort: Neubrandenburg (On
location in Neubrandenburg; 1991) a video about the lives of
the people in a former East German town, AZUBI (Three
Apprentices in Berlin, 1994) a video about the apprenticeship
system in Germany, Drehort Bern, Gesichter einer Stadt (On
location in Bern, faces of a city; 1997) a documentary about
people in the city of Berne, Switzerland, and Drehort:
Neubrandenburg 2002 (On
location in Neubrandenburg; 2004) documenting the lives of the people
filmed in the original video in 1991. Professor Lys has been developing and testing, among
others, multi-media language software using her own documentary
materials. She has developed Drehort: Neubrandenburg Interaktiv and Azubi:
Interaktiv, both CD-ROM applications. She
redesinged Neubrandenburg Interaktiv as an interactive online learning environment. Dr. Lys has published a wide variety of
material that concerns the problem of second language acquisition
and computer-assisted language instruction in volumes such as Task-Based Instruction
in Foreign Language Education: Principles and Practices, Body
and Language Intercultural Learning Through Drama, Schnittstellen:
Lehrwerke zwischen alten und neuen Medien, Computer Enhanced
Learning: Vignettes of the Best Practice from America's Most
Wired Campuses, Fremdsprachen Lehren und Lernen, Technology for Language Learning: Faculty authored Libra
Courseware, and in the following journals: "CALICO", "Die Unterrichtspraxis", "IDV-Magazine", "GFL-Journal", and "Language Learning & Technology".
A Cross-Departmental Approach to Supporting Students with a Disability Affecting Foreign Language Acquisition. (Co-authored with Alison May and Jeanne Ravid). Prague Journal of English Studies. (In Press)
The Development of Oral Proficiency in Advanced Learners Using iPads. In Language Learning & Technology. 2013. 17(3), 94-116.
Computer-Mediated Grammar Teaching and its Effect on Different Language Tasks. In Hubbard, P., Schulze, M., & Smith, B. (Eds.), Learner-Computer Interaction in Language Education. CALICO. 2013, 166-186.
Looking Back—A Lesson Learned: From Videotape to Digital Media. In CALICO, Special Issue on Technology. 2010. 2(3), 564-575.
Die Bewohner der Stadt Neubrandenburg kurz nach der Wende und zehn Jahre danach. In IDV Magazin (Internationaler Deutschlehrer Verband). 2010. 82(2), 272-287.
Von der Exkursion zur medialen Lernumgebung: Der Einfluss des Bauhauses auf die moderne amerikanische Stadt. In gfl-journal. 2010. 2, 64-88. (co-authored with Denise Meuser and Ingrid Zeller).
“I asked my parents why a wall was so important”: Teaching on the GDR and Post-Reunification Germany. In Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German. 2008. 41(2), 134-143. (co-authored with Bernhard Streitwieser) (This article was selected by the Editorial Advisory Board from eighteen possible articles published in 2008 as the outstanding contribution to Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German).
Using Web Technology to Promote Writing, Analytical Thinking, and Creative Expression in German. In Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education: Principles and Practices. (Eds. Betty Lou Leaver and Jane G. Willis). Georgetown University Press. 2004. 228 –253.
Performing Brecht: From Theory To Practice. In Body and Language Intercultural Learning Through Drama. ABLEX Series: Advances in Foreign and Second Language Pedagogy. (Ed. by Gerd Braeuer). Emory University. 2002. 207-232.
Interaktives Video: neue Potentiale für den Fremdsprachenunterricht. Methodisch-Didaktische Überlegungen und praktische Beispiele. In Schnittstellen: Lehrwerke zwischen alten und neuen Medien. Cornelsen Verlag, Berlin. 2001. 154-171.
Using Technology to Increase Writing. In Computer Enhanced Learning: Vignettes of the Best Practice from America's Most Wired Campuses. (Ed. David G. Brown).Anker Publishing Company, Inc. Bolton, MA. 2000. 250-253.