Neil Deane BA / MSc

Neil Deane

Neil Deane has now notched up 40 years in Germany. He left his hometown of Liverpool in 1979 when a certain Margaret Thatcher had just come to power with the clear remit to change Britain forever. The calamitous Brexit referendum result seems poised to produce more woe, a worrying fact that induced him to take up German citizenship a couple of years ago. Germany has become, once again, a place of refuge.

His previous positions before coming to Essen were involved in the language training of students in higher education in Brandenburg an der Havel (FH) and Wernigerode (Hochschule Harz). Before that, he worked for Germany’s largest education publisher, Cornelsen, in Bielefeld and Berlin.

He is interested in all aspects of interaction in the classroom, intercultural awareness, learner autonomy and educational management. He is responsible for Erasmus Outgoings in the department and is constantly uplifted by how this exchange programme changes the lives of students in all sorts of positive ways.

In his spare time, he listens to “Old Men’s Rock”, avidly follows Liverpool Football Club and organises an annual student excursion to Liverpool every summer. This popular pilgrimage is now in its 11th year and he hopes to do a few more before he takes up retirement in 2023. Before that dreaded day, he also intends to write one more book about something on his mind. His previous three books were about music, Germany and Liverpool. Watch this space.

Best first sentence of a novel : “Once you have given up the ghost, everything else follows with dead certainty, even in the midst of chaos”. From: “Tropic of Capricorn” by Henry Miller.

Best footballing moment: Liverpool’s second goal in the European Cup Final on May 25th, 1977 in Rome. Experienced live, sitting next to his dad.

Best German saying: “Jetzt haben wir den Salat”.

Best university moments: Seeing students doing well after graduation.


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  • Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben, Anglistik: Angewandte Linguistik und Sprachdidaktik - Teaching English as a Foreign Language & Applied Linguistics

  • Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben, Anglistik: Sprachpraxis - Language Practice Team

The following publications are listed in the online university bibliography of the University of Duisburg-Essen. Further information may also be found on the person's personal web pages.


  • Deane, Neil; Schuch, Elke
    Simone Krüger Bridge. 2018. Trajectories and Themes in World Popular Music: Globalization, Capitalism, Identity
    In: Journal of World Popular Music Vol. 6 (2019) Nr. 2, pp. 193 - 198
    ISSN: 2052-4900; 2052-4919
  • Journal articles

  • Deane, Neil
    Typisch deutsch - na und?
    In: PoliTeknik: iki aylık Türkçe Gazete / Symposium: „Typisch deutsch. Was Migranten über die deutsche Gesellschaft wissen sollten“, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 13.06.2015, Essen (2019) pp. 72 - 80
    ISSN: 2198-8706
  • Deane, Neil
    Promoting autonomy in English language courses in higher education : preaching to the converted?
    In: Independence: learner autonomy special interest group newsletter (2015) Nr. 65, pp. 6 - 9
    ISSN: 2412-6640
  • Book articles / Proceedings papers

  • Deane, Neil; Rumlich, Dominik
    Using comics in the classroom - The obvious way of creating a favourable learning environment?
    In: Medien und Interkulturalität im Fremdsprachenunterricht: Zwischen Autonomie, Kollaboration und Konstruktion: [die Festschrift ehrt Bernd Rüschoff] / Eisenmann, Maria; Hempel, Margit; Ludwig, Christian (Eds.) 2013, pp. 183 - 204
    ISBN: 978-3-942158-76-3
  • Deane, Neil; Schuch, Elke
    Merseypride or the importance of geography in the construction of home and belonging
    In: Constructions of home: Interdisciplinary studies in architecture, law, and literature / International Conference "Constructions of Home Interdisciplinary Studies in Architecture, Law and Literature", 26.-28.11.2008, Essen und Münster / Stierstorfer, Klaus (Eds.) 2010, pp. 83 - 99
    ISBN: 978-0-404-64259-4; 0-404-64259-4
  • Books, Collections, Proceedings

  • Deane, Neil
    Lift off : 4. Teacher's book; mit Kopiervorlagen
    Berlin (2020) 80 Seiten
    ISBN: 3-8109-2149-1
  • Deane, Neil
    Liverpool: gateway to heaven and hell : a personal odyssey
    Berlin (2016) 381 S., Ill.
    ISBN: 3-8646-0573-3; 978-3-86460-573-4
  • Deane, Neil
    Modern Germany : An outsider's view from the inside
    Berlin (2014) 235 S. : Ill.
    ISBN: 3-8638-6713-0; 978-3-86386-713-3
  • Deane, Neil
    Rocky passages : [surviving 40 years of life with music]
    Berlin (2011) 248 S. : Ill.
    ISBN: 3-86386-060-8; 978-3-86386-060-8
  • Deane, Neil; Preedy, Ingrid
    Focus on modern careers 1 : Extra practice workbook
    Linz (2008) 64 Seiten
    ISBN: 978-3-7058-9566-9
  • Deane, Neil; Preedy, Ingrid
    Focus on modern careers 2 : Extra practice workbook
    Linz (2008) 48 Seiten
    ISBN: 978-3-7058-9570-6
  • Deane, Neil
    Focus on modern technology 1 : Extra practice workbook
    Linz (2008) 48 Seiten
    ISBN: 978-3-7058-9249-1
  • Deane, Neil
    Focus on modern business 3 : Neuer Lehrplan. Schülerbuch + MP3-CD + CD-ROM
    Linz (2007) 168 Seiten
    ISBN: 978-3-7101-0289-9
  • Deane, Neil
    Focus on modern business 1 : Neuer Lehrplan. Schülerbuch + Audio-CD + CD-ROM
    Linz (2006) 184 Seiten
    ISBN: 978-3-7101-0272-1
  • Deane, Neil
    Focus on modern business 2 : Neuer Lehrplan. Schülerbuch + Audio-CD + CD-ROM
    Linz (2006) 176 Seiten
    ISBN: 978-3-7101-0281-3
  • Deane, Neil; Collier, Stephen
    Job matters : Teil: Gastronomie
    Berlin (2006)
    ISBN: 978-3-464-20460-3; 3-464-20460-X
  • Deane, Neil
    Focus on modern business : Extra practice 1/2
    Berlin (2005) 56 Seiten
    ISBN: 3-4642-0286-0
  • Deane, Neil
    PONS - Der große Vokabeltrainer Englisch : Umfassende und inter@ktive Lernsoftware ; solider Grundwortschatz - zahlreiche Nachschlagefunktionen ; präzise Spracherkennung mit Aussprachekorrektur ; Englisch
    Stuttgart (2005)
    ISBN: 3-12-561050-8
  • Deane, Neil
    Business English mini dictionary
    München (2001)
  • Deane, Neil
    Lift off : 3 ; Teacher's book, mit Kopiervorlagen
    Berlin (1999) 71 S. : Ill. + Beil.
    ISBN: 3-8109-2079-7