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Dr. Wilhelm Franke
Dr. Wilhelm Franke

Dr. Wilhelm Franke, born 1952, is the founder and leader of the Deutsch-Agentur Dr. Franke in Hamburg.

Dr. Franke studied the subjects German language and literature, History, Paedagogy and Philosophy between 1972 – 1983 at the Westfaelischen-Wilhelms-University Muenster.  After taking the state examination (passed: excellent), and postdoctorate (grade: “summa cum laude”) he worked firstly as assistant lecturer and academic at the “Germanistischen Institut” of the Munich university. In 1986 Dr. Franke took the position of lecturer at Hamburg University for 8 years where he specialised in linguistics.  During this time he published various academic papers, amongst them 3 monographs.Since 1993 Dr. Franke’s work focuses mainly in the area “German as a Foreign Language”.  He teaches at the language institute “LOGOS” (Hamburg) as well as at the Rackow school in Hamburg and also the adult eductation centre in Hamburg-Harburg.  He is the co-ordinator for the language programmes at the International Center for Graduate Studies (ICGS) in Hamburg since October 2003, where he also teaches German as a foreign language.  In addition to this, he continually performs lectureships at the Muenster University as well as Hamburg University.

In February 2003 Dr. Franke established the Language School “Deutsch-Agentur Dr. Franke” in Hamburg-Wandsbek, where the following subjects are taught amongst others: German, English, FrenchHistory, Philosophy and Politic. (Further details are provided on the Homepage).

Important publications

  • 1983: “Insistieren”.  A linguistic analysis.  Goeppingen (publishers Kuemmerle).
  • 1990: Elementary dialogue structure.  Tuebingen (publishers Niemeyer).
  • 1996: Introduction to philology/linguistics.  Hamburg (publishers Buske).
  • 1997:  “Massenmediale Aufklaerung”.  Frankfurt a.m. (publishers Lang).

Also published approximately 40 articles in academic journals.

Miscellaneous activities

Since 1996 Dr. Franke also writes conundrums and has had more than 1,500 conundrums published in various newspapers and magazines, amongst them the Hamburger Abendblatt, the Berliner Morgenpost, Bravo-Sport, Yam, Formel Eins and so forth.  Furthermore, he has appeared in numerous TV and Radio programmes discussing topics from the subject Languages and Philosophy. 

Accolades and awards

1983: Certificate from the Muenster University for the doctorate (p.h.D) marked “Summa cum laude”.
1990: Scholarship/award of the “Greve-Stiftung fuer Wissenschaften”, Hamburg.

Dr. Franke is the chairman of the association for the German language, branch Hamburg.

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