Julia Hüttner

Professor of English Language Education

I took up my position as Professor of English Language Education in February 2018, having previously worked as Associate Professor at the University of Southampton, UK. I obtained my degrees at the University of Vienna (MA and PhD) and at the University of Edinburgh (MSc).

My research addresses the learning and teaching of English in instructed settings. Within this large area, I have two strong foci: 

  • educational approaches where English is used as a medium of instruction for non-language subjects, with a specific interest in disciplinary language / literacy, looking into:
    • CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) at school
    • English Medium Education at university level
  • teacher cognition and development, addressing
    • pedagogic content knowledge with regard to ESP
    • the use of video-based resources as an aid to teacher learning

    Previously I worked on genre-based ESP instruction and on academic writing, areas I still return to with great interest, and recently I have just started looking into preparing teachers for greater inclusivity in their teaching of neurodiverse learner groups. 


    Select Publications


    Hüttner, J.; Mehlmauer-Larcher, B.; Reichl, S. & Schiftner, B. (2012). (Eds.) Theory and Practice in EFL Teacher Education: Bridging the Gap. Bristol: Multilingual Matters

     Hüttner, J. (2007) Academic Writing in a Foreign Language: An Extended Genre Analysis of Student Texts. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang.

    Smit, U.; Dollinger, S.; Hüttner, J.; Kaltenböck, G. & Lutzky, U. (2007). (Eds.) Tracing English through Time: Explorations in Language Variation. (Series: Austrian Studies in English) Vienna: Braumüller. 

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 

    Mayumi, K., & Hüttner, J. (2020). Changing beliefs on English: Study abroad for teacher developmentELT Journal74(3), 268–276. https://doi.org/10.1093/elt/ccaa020

    Hüttner, J., & Rieder-Bünemann, A. (2020). Growing into academic L2 writing: Perceptions, practices and challenges of student authorsFremdsprachen Lehren und Lernen49(1), 83-98. https://doi.org/DOI: 10.2357/FLuL-2020-0006

    Alfayez, H. M., & Hüttner, J. (2019). Women students from Saudi Arabia in a study abroad programme: Sociocultural experiences and English proficiency development. Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education 42(2), 193-223. [42].

    Rieder-Bünemann, A., Hüttner, J., & Smit, U. (2019). Capturing technical terms in spoken CLIL: a holistic method for identifying subject-specific vocabulary. Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education7 (1), 4-29.

    Baker, W., & Hüttner, J. (2019). “We are not the language police”: Comparing multilingual EMI programmes in Europe and Asia. International Journal of Applied Linguistics29(1), 78-94. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijal.12246 

    Dafouz, E., Hüttner, J., & Smit, U. (2018). New context, new challenges: Oral disciplinary language development in English Medium Instruction (EMI) and its implications for teacher education. TESOL Quarterly 50(3), 540-563. https://doi.org/10.1002/tesq.459

    Hüttner, J., & Smit, U. (2018). Negotiating political positions: subject-specific oral language use in CLIL classrooms. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 21(3), 287-302. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2017.1386616

    Baker, W. & Hüttner, J. (2016). English and more: a multisite study of roles and conceptualisations of language in English medium multilingual universities from Europe to Asia. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/01434632.2016.1207183

    Hüttner, J. (2015) Communicative purpose in student genres: evidence from authors and texts. Fremdsprachen Lehren und Lernen 44 (1), 29-43. 

    Hüttner, J. & Smit, U. (2014) CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning): the bigger picture. A response to: A. Bruton. 2013. CLIL: some of the reasons why … and why not. System 44, 160-167

    Hüttner, J. (2014) Agreeing to disagree: ‘doing disagreement’ in assessed oral L2 interactions. Classroom Discourse 5 (2), 194-215.


    Book chapters

    Hüttner, J. (2019). Towards ‘professional vision’: video as a resource in teacher learning. In S. Mann, & S. Walsh (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Teacher Education (pp. 473-483). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

    Hüttner, J. (2019). Occupying a new space: oral language skills within the disciplines in English-medium instruction. In B. Loranc-Paszylk (Ed.), Rethinking directions in language learning and teaching at university level (pp. 5-26). Research-publishing.

    Hüttner, J. (2018). ELF and Content and Language Integrated Learning. In W. Baker, J. Jenkins, & M. Dewey (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca (pp. 481-493). Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

    Funded Research Projects:


    ELLeN: English Language Learning & Neurodiversity

    Funding: Erasmus+, DAAD (2020-2022)

    Principal Investigator: Judith Bündgens-Kosten

    Immersive Business and Engineering English in Virtual Reality (IBEEVR), funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+, (2018-2021)

    Principal Investigator: Hande Yalinates

    Local PI: Julia Hüttner

    For more information see: www.ibeevr.org

    Completed Projects:

    Internationalization of Higher Education in bilingual degrees: Analysis of the linguistic, cultural and academic challenges 

    Funding: Ministero de Economía y Competitividad, Spain

    Principal Investigator: Emma Dafouz

    For more information, see https://www.ucm.es/interlica-en

    On the implementation of the new CLIL requirements for Austrian HTLs. Question development for quality assessment and case studies on classroom practices” (2015-17),

    Funding: BMBF Austrian Ministry of Education and Women

    Principal Investigator: Ute Smit


    “Without English this is just not possible…”: studies of language policy and practice in International universities from Europe and Asia

    Principal Investigators: Will Baker and Julia Hüttner

    Funding: Adventures in Research, University of Southampton, 2014-15


    “Learning disciplinary language through CLIL” (2013-15)

    Funding: BMUKK Austrian Ministry of Education, Art and Culture

    Principal Investigators: Julia Hüttner and Ute Smit


    “VELTE - Development of classroom video resource material for students of English Language Teaching and language teacher educators” (https://www.southampton.ac.uk/velte/index.page)

    Principal Investigator: Julia Huettner

    Funding: HEA Higher Education Academy

    Service to the Community

    I currently serve as deputy Head of the Department of English and American Studies, and on its Board of Studies (Studienkonferenz).  I am a member of the Faculty Committee (Zentrumskonferenz) of the Centre for Teacher Education. 

    I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education and The Language Learning Journal. I serve on the executive committee of the ÖGSD and am a member of the AILA Research Network on CLIL, BAAL, DGFF, IATEFL, and JALT. I am regular reviewer for journals, publishers and grant bodies.