Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Menu Search


Trinity College Dublin By using this website you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with the Trinity cookie policy. For more information on cookies see our cookie policy.

      
Profile Photo

Dr. Conny Opitz

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Russian)

 


I teach Russian language and culture, linguistics and translation studies at the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies. I previously held the positions of Thomas Brown Lecturer in Russian (TCD, 1998-2001) and East German Lektor (DCU, 1995-1998), and have also lectured in foreign language pedagogy (Mary Immaculate College, 2013). My first degree (roughly equivalent to an MA) was in translation with German, Russian and English, and my degree-level thesis (Leipzig University, 1998) was a process-oriented study of translation into L2 German. I earned my PhD in Applied Linguistics from TCD (2011) for my study of L1 attrition and L2 acquisition in German adult bilinguals in Ireland. My current research investigates adult multilingual development of various populations (ab initio language learners, professional language users) from a complex dynamic systems perspective. In 2013, I co-edited a special issue of the International Journal of Bilingualism entitled Dynamics of First Language Attrition across the Lifespan (with Esther de Leeuw and Dorota Lubińska), as well as a volume entitled Negotiating Linguistic, Cultural and Social Identities in the Russian World (with Sarah Smyth; Peter Lang). I recently won a Trinity Long Room Hub Research Incentive Grant to conduct a meta-study of multilingual identity development in adult migrants. My administrative duties include postgraduate supervision, team coordination of the school-wide Peer-learning programme, and the management of some elements of the departmental outreach programme. I serve on the executive boards of three national associations (Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies (IARCEES, President 2015-), Irish Association of Applied Linguistics (IRAAL) and One Voice for Languages (OVLF)).
  Complexity Theory   Dynamic Systems Theory   Language acquisition   Language attrition/maintenance   Language development   Language Policy   Migration, multilingualism, multiculturalism   Minority languages   Russian culture   Russian language
 Multilingual Identities and Migration
 Developing L2 proficiency and learner autonomy in ab initio students of Russian
 Language assistants and their multilingual development - a complex systems study
 L1 attrition and L2 acquisition - the impact of L2 proficiency on L1

Details Date
Member of Executive Committee, One Voice for Languages (OVFL) 2015
Vice-President, Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies (IARCEES) 2014
Guest Editor (with Esther de Leeuw and Dorota Lubińska) of International Journal of Bilingualism. Special Issue 17(6) on "Dynamics of First Language Attrition across the Lifespan" 2013
Co-editor (with Neil Robinson) of Irish Slavonic Studies 24 2013
Member of National Executive Committee, Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL) 2004
Membership Secretary and Treasurer, Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies (IARCEES) 2001-2004
Member of Executive Committee, Irish Translators' and Interpreters' Association (IRAAL) 2000-2002
Webmaster, Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies (IARCEES) 2007
Manuscript reviewer for International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Language Learning, International Journal of Bilingualism
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
German Fluent Fluent Fluent
Polish Medium Basic Basic
Russian Fluent Fluent Fluent
Details Date From Date To
Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies (IARCEES, formerly IAREES): Vice President 2014/15; Webmaster 2007 to date; Membership Secretary and Treasurer 2001-2004 1999 to date
IRAAL (Irish Association for Applied Linguistics); Member of Executive Committee 2004 to date 1998 to date
ITIA (Irish Translators' and Interpreters' Association; Member of Executive Committee 2000-2003 1997 to date
OVFL (One Voice for Languages) 2012 to date
IAM (International Association of Multilingualism) 2004 to date
SEEFA (Slavic and East European Folklore Association) 2009 to date
Language destabilization and (re-)learning from a CT perspective: Timescales and patterns across four studies in, editor(s)Lourdes Ortega ZhaoHong Han , Complexity Theory and Language Development: In Celebration of Diane Larsen-Freeman, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, [Conny Opitz], Book Chapter, SUBMITTED
Personal background factors in L1 attrition - a CDST perspective in, editor(s)Monika Schmid Barbara Köpke , ). Handbook of Language Attrition, Oxford, Oxford University Press, [Conny Opitz], Book Chapter, SUBMITTED
Conny Opitz, Little to Lose and Everything to Gain: L1 Maintenance and L2 Attainment in Long-Term Migrants, CALL: Irish Journal for Culture, Arts, Literature and Language, 1, (1), 2016, pArticle 5-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Opitz, C., Learner language destabilization and relearning: Complex patterns?, AAAL, Toronto, 21-24 March 2015, 2015, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Opitz, Conny, A Dynamic Perspective on Late Bilinguals' Linguistic Development in an L2 Environment., International Journal of Bilingualism, 17, (6), 2013, p701-715 , Notes: [Special Issue "Dynamics of First Language Attrition across the Lifespan"], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Smyth, Sarah & Conny Opitz, Negotiating Linguistic, Cultural and Social Identities in the Russian World., Bern, Peter Lang, 2013, 1 - 339pp, Book, PUBLISHED  DOI
Conny Opitz, What CDST Can and Can't Tell us about Attrition, 3rd ICLA, Colchester, 5-7 July 2016, 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Conny Opitz, Sarah Smyth, Ab initio Language Learning and the Summer Break, 3rd ICLA, Colchester, 5-7 July 2016, 2016, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
de Leeuw, Esther, Opitz, Conny & Dorota Lubińska, Dynamics of first language attrition across the lifespan. Introduction, International Journal of Bilingualism, 17, (6), 2013, p667-674 , Notes: [Special Issue "Dynamics of First Language Attrition across the Lifespan"], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
International Journal of Bilingualism, 17, 6, (2013), 667 - 756p, Opitz, Conny, de Leeuw, Esther & Dorota Lubińska, [eds], Notes: [Special Issue "Dynamics of First Language Attrition across the Lifespan"], Journal, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
  

Page 1 of 3
Marie-Therese Batardiere (UL), Anne Brindley (GMIT), Kristin Brogan (IT Tralee), Frances Carr (The Old Schoolhouse Montessori School), Ann Devitt (TCD), Tanya Flanagan (St Farnan's, Co. Kildare), Aine Furlong (WIT), Barbara Geraghty (UL), Mary Ann Kenny (IT Blanchardstown), Deirdre Kirwan (Scoil Bhride, Dublin), Agnieszka Matys (Polska Szkola SEN, Dublin), Niamh Nestor (UCD), Susanna Nocchi (DIT), Conny Opitz (TCD), Frederique Rantz (PPLI), Mary Ruane (IRAAL), Christiane Schönfeld (UL), Sarah Smyth (TCD), Margot Spencer (UCC), Riana Walsh (IT Tallaght), OVFL Submission to DES Consultation on a Foreign Languages in Education Strategy, 2014, Notes: [This report is the response by One Voice for Languages, an umbrella group promoting the importance and benefits of language learning for Ireland through targeted actions: http://www.onevoiceforlanguages.com/], Report, PUBLISHED
Peer-Learning in the Language Departments at Trinity College Dublin in, editor(s)Sarah Moore, Peter Carr, Martina Crehan, Jane Crowley, Deirdre Flynn, Pat Morgan and Pat Shannon , Keeping Students at University: The Retention Debate at Third Level, Dublin, Interesource Group Publishing, 2006, pp89 - 101 , [Sarah Smyth, Conny Opitz], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Opitz, Conny, Product and Process Compared - an Empirical Study, Translation Ireland, 2, 2000, p7-9 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kenny, Dorothy (with Conny Opitz), Researching the Translation Process, Translation Ireland, (2), 2000, p1-2 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Opitz, Conny, Language Attrition - Sprachverlust, University of Hanover, Fachsprachenzentrum, 28th March 2008, 2008, Schwienhorst, Klaus, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Opitz, Conny, L1 Attrition and L2 Acquisition - down to Brass Tacks, Graduate Workshop on First Language Attrition, Amsterdam, 2006, 2006, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Opitz, Conny, L1 Attrition and L2 Acquisition - the Point of Maximum Impact, Graduate Workshop on First Language Attrition, Amsterdam, 2005, 2005, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Opitz, Conny, The C-Test in Native-Language Research, Graduate Workshop on First Language Attrition, Amsterdam, 2003, 2003, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Opitz, Conny, L1 Attrition in Adult Bilinguals in the Context of L2 Acquisition, Graduate Workshop on First Language Attrition, Amsterdam, 2003, 2003, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Opitz, Conny, First Language Attrition in a Second Language Environment, IRAAL, Dublin, 2004, 2004, Conference Paper, PRESENTED

  

Page 1 of 2
Award Date
Trinity Long Room Hub Research Incentive Grant 2015/16
Co-investigator in ESRC-funded seminar series 2014-2017
My research interests are in the area of applied linguistics, particularly in relation to adult multilingual development. In relation to my teaching practice, I am particularly interested in collaborative, co-constructive learning.