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Bross_Michael Dr. Michael Broß

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Michael Broß works as a language instructor teaching mainly Hausa, the major language of West Africa, at the Language Centre of the University of Bayreuth.

He studied Afrikanistik (i.e. African Linguistics), German Linguistics, and Phonetics at the Philipps-Universität Marburg and at the Goethe University Frankfurt. In 1988, he obtained his Master of Arts at the Philipps-Universität Marburg with a study of the Ndam language, spoken in Chad. From 1989 on, he participated at several research projects at the Universities of Bayreuth, Frankfurt, and Maiduguri. He taught several linguistic and language courses at the three universities as well. In 1994, he got his PhD at the Goethe University Frankfurt as a member of the collaborative research project SFB 268 "History of Culture and Language in the Natural Environment of the West African Savannah", financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). His thesis aimed at the language of the Hausa craft men and women. During the time of his PhD and the following period of postdoctoral research he worked about 5 years in Nigeria.

Office hours: Tuesday 1 - 2 p.m. upon appointment.

Academic Degrees

1994 Doctorate in African Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt


Magister degree in Afrikanistik, Philipps-Universität Marburg

Professional Background

Since 2018

Supervising tutor of "isiXhosa online course" at University of Bayreuth

2017 – 2018

Project Associate "isiXhosa online course" (Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern) at University of Bayreuth / University Fort Hare, responsible for technical implementation and course design

Since 2012 Lecturer in Hausa, University of Bayreuth

2007 – 2012

Business Manager

2001 – 2007

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in SFB/FK 560 "Local Action in Africa in the Context of Global Influences" at the University of Bayreuth

1999 – 2000 Postdoctoral Research Fellow "Arabic-Hausa codeswitching in Maiduguri, Nigeria" (DFG), University of Bayreuth

1994 – 1999 Postdoctoral Research Fellow as part of the SFB 268 "History of Culture and Language in the Natural Environment of the West African Savannah", Goethe University Frankfurt

1989 – 1994 Research Assistant as part of SFB 268, Goethe University Frankfurt

Editorial responsibilities

Since 2007 Chadic Newsletter Online

Until 2007

Chadic Newsletter

Until 2000

Westafrikanische Studien. Frankfurter Beiträge zur Sprach- und Kulturgeschichte


Language Centre

  • Hausa dialectology
  • West Chadic languages
  • Language teaching
  • Teaching with moodle

Language Centre



Language Centre

Dr. Michael Broß
Hausa teacherLanguage Centre

University of Bayreuth
Language Centre
95440 Bayreuth
Room: 11.2, (B3) 

Phone: +49 (0)921/55-2232
E-mail: michael.bross@uni-bayreuth.de

Webmaster: Marouen Amri

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