CELTER Staff

Univ.Prof. Dr. Julia Hüttner, MSc.

Julia Hüttner is Professor of English Language Education (“Didaktik der englischen Sprache”) having joined the Department of English Studies and the Zentrum für LehrerInnenbildung in this position in February 2018. Previously, she was Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at the University of Southampton, UK. Her research into foreign language learning and teaching currently addresses two major areas: Firstly, CLIL (Content-and-Language-Integrated-Learning) and EMI (English-Medium-Instruction), with a research focus on classroom interactions. Secondly, teacher development (particularly in ESP), teacher education and teacher beliefs. Past research, including her PhD, focused on genre use in EAP and ESP and these issues are still of interest.

 

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Mag.a Tatjana Bacovsky, BA

Tatjana Bacovsky holds a bachelor’s degree in English and American studies and a teaching degree in English and Psychology/Philosophy from the University of Vienna. During her studies, she spent a semester at Bangor University, Wales, on an Erasmus+ exchange. After graduating in January 2020, Tatjana taught English at a school in Vienna, where she developed an interest in remote teaching and blended learning. She joined the English department in September 2020 as a prae doc assistant and is currently working on a doctoral project on CLIL at Austrian technical colleges (HTL). Her other research interests include bilingual education, language teaching and learning, and ESP.

Univ.-Prof. Mag.a Dr. Christiane Dalton-Puffer

After studying English, History and Spanish and teaching German in the UK, Christiane turned to research in linguistics, examining complex words in Middle English. While her fascination with morphology continues, she now focuses on her other main interest applied linguistics and its links to language teacher education.

Her current research is on classroom discourse especially in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and she has been part of the leading of the interdisciplinary research platform "Theory and Practice of Subject Didactics" at the University of Vienna since 2009.

 

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Mag.a Verena Grau, BA

Verena Grau graduated from the University of Vienna with a teaching degree in English and History. During her studies she spent time abroad both at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the USA and at the Universidad de Valencia in Spain. Furthermore, she worked on a corpus project at the Institute for English Business Communication at the WU Wien. After finishing her studies, she taught English and History at a college for higher vocational education (BHS) in Vienna and was as senior lecturer for business English at WU Wien before joining the English department in September 2020. She is currently working on her doctoral project on students’ perspectives on English-medium education in multilingual university settings. In addition to her interest in stakeholder views on EME, her research interests include language policy, ESP, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics and language teaching and learning.

Mag.a Dr. Helen Heaney, B.A. (Hons)

Helen studied French and German at the University of Durham, Great Britain and obtained her teaching degree in English and French at the University of Klagenfurt. Her PhD was on developing a tertiary-level English reading comprehension test. She spent 12 years team-teaching in a CLIL programme at a grammar school in Klagenfurt (focusing on music and the natural sciences) and taught ESP in many different fields, from medical English to Tourism. From 1998 to 2011, Helen worked in the English Department at the University of Klagenfurt, where she was involved in the language programme, linguistics and teacher training. At present she teaches specialized classes in English language pedagogy alongside other courses in the BA and BEd programmes as well as CLIL workshops with practising teachers. Her special interests are language testing and assessment, innovative approaches to language teaching and learning and reading comprehension.

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Mag.a Dr. Barbara Mehlmauer-Larcher, MA

Barbara holds a teaching degree in English and German from the University of Graz and a master´s degree in applied linguistics and ELT from the University of East Anglia. After having taught English at secondary and tertiary level she turned to teacher education. At present she teaches general and specialized classes in English language pedagogy and coordinates the activities of the departmental Centre for English Language Teaching. Her research interests are foreign language teacher education, ESP methodology and the use of corpora in ELT.

Lic. Sonia Perelló-Bover, MA

After studying English and language teaching in the University of Barcelona, she worked as an English and CLIL teacher in Spain at both primary and secondary level. In 2013, she moved to the UK and completed a MA in Applied Linguistics in the University of Southampton, where she then worked as a language teacher and started to research in the field of sociolinguistics and ELT. She joined the University of Vienna in 2018 and her current research is on multilingualism in schools.

Mag.a Dr. Angelika Rieder-Bünemann

Angelika holds a teaching degree in English and Mathematics from the University of Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology, and a PhD in applied linguistics from the University of Tübingen, specializing in incidental vocabulary acquisition. Having taught English in a range of settings, including secondary and tertiary levels, she now works as a senior lecturer for English language pedagogy at the English Department. Her research interests include second language vocabulary acquisition, New Media in language education, CLIL (Content-and-Language-Integrated-Learning) and EAP/ESP.

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Mag.a Daniela Weitensfelder, MA

After finishing her degrees in English and French at the universities of Graz, Orléans (teaching assistant) and SUNY Buffalo, NY (Fulbright scholar), Daniela Weitensfelder settled in Vienna, where she teaches business English and French, and preparation courses for Cambridge certificates at BHAK Wien11. She is active in several working groups (teacher training, implementation of new curricula, Bifie-certified trainer for the new Austrian SRDP etc.) for the Vienna Board of Education, the bm:ukk, PH + KPH Wien. She has been a team member in several projects at the "Österreichisches Sprachen-Kompetenz-Zentrum www.oesz.at. AT the CELT, her special interests are in ESP methodology and foreign language teacher education.

Dr. Manuela Wipperfürth

Manuela Wipperfürth attained experience in the field of foreign language teaching both from doing research and from everyday classroom practice. Currently she is university assistant (post-doc) at the Department of English Studies and has joined the team in 2018. Previously, she worked at Salzburg University as Senior Lecturer and External Lecturer at the English Department for ELT Methodology, and the School of Education for Empirical Educational Studies alongside teaching English at an upper secondary school with inclusive classes in Salzburg. Since her PhD project on EFL teachers’ professional language at LMU Munich, her research has focused on foreign language teacher education and continuing professional development, differentiation and material development. In her research she currently focuses on Action Research, digital education in the literary language classroom and guiding values in EFL teaching practice.

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Friederike Klippel M.A.

Friederike Klippel held the Chair of English Language Education at LMU Munich in Germany from 1993 to her retirement in 2015. In 2016/17 she was guest professor at Vienna University. She has always been interested in combining research with practical improvements in the ELT classroom and in teacher education. Her research areas comprise the history of language teaching and learning, language teaching methodology, classroom research, teacher education and professional development. She has published on a wide range of ELT aspects. Her publications include Englischlernen im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert (1994) and co-authorship of a handbook on foreign language research methods: Forschungsmethoden in der Fremdsprachendidaktik (2016).

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Judit Dolgosne Kormos, PhD

Judit Kormos is a Professor in Second Language Acquisition at Lancaster University and in the winter term she is taking up a visiting professor position at the Department of English and American Studies. She was a key partner in the award-winning DysTEFL project sponsored by the European Commission and is a lead educator in the Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching massive open online learning course offered by FutureLearn.  She is the co-author of the book Teaching Languages to Students with Specific Learning Differences with Anne Margaret Smith. She has published widely on the effect of dyslexia on learning additional languages including a book entitled The second language learning processes of students with specific learning difficulties. She is the author of multiple research papers that investigate the role of cognitive factors in second language acquisition. She has been recently working on two Erasmus+ funded projects that have developed digital language learning tasks for inclusive language teaching.

Mag.a Silvia Bauer-Marschallinger

Mag. Silvia Bauer-Marschallinger is a PhD fellow at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna. She previously taught English and History (CLIL) at two Viennese vocational upper secondary schools. In 2017, she was awarded the uni:docs fellowship for her doctoral project, which aims to address the issue of content and language integration in secondary history CLIL settings. Her research interests include CLIL and other forms of bilingual education, language teaching and learning, as well as language-aware history didactics.

Mag. Dr. Armin Berger, MA

After studying English and Catholic Religious Instruction at Vienna University and the Australian National University, Canberra, Armin has gained professional experience in a number of settings, ranging from secondary to tertiary, adult and even primary education. He is currently teaching at this department and a secondary vocational school in Vienna, with a keen teaching interest in all areas of spoken language and a research interest in testing speaking. His main activities are focused on but not limited to language testing and assessment.

Mag.a Kerstin Bliem

Kerstin holds a teaching degree in English and German from the University of Vienna. Her professional experience includes teaching German and English as a Foreign Language in various settings as well as working as a teacher educator. She currently teaches German and English at an academic secondary school in Vienna.

MMag.a Monika S. Boniecki

Monika studied English, German and linguistics at the University of Vienna. During her studies she spent a year at the University of Edinburgh as an exchange student. She has taught in various settings, ranging from pre-primary to adult education. Currently she is teaching at an AHS in Vienna and involved in teacher training at the Department of English. Her areas of interest are first and second/foreign language acquisition and teaching, with a special focus on vocabulary, morphology and narrative.

MMag.a Petra Ederer

Petra studied English, History and German as a Foreign Language at the University of Vienna and currently teaches at the BG/BRG 21 Schulschiff Bertha von Suttner, where she also mentors English student teachers. She has been teaching English language didactics with a focus on literature and culture since 2014. As a member of the research platform #YouthMediaLife and PhD student, her research interests lie in children’s and young adult fiction, time travel stories, film and game studies, and gender studies. She loves fiction and sports.

Prof. (PH) Mag. Dr. Erwin M. Gierlinger

Erwin M. Gierlinger is Professor (PH) for the teaching of English as a foreign language in secondary education at the University College of Education in Linz, Austria. His research interests centre on teaching CLIL and CLIL teacher identity. His Research in these fields has led to the publication of various articles and book chapters. Furthermore, he has also participated in various European CLIL teaching programs and been in charge of several pre- and in-Service Courses on the teaching of CLIL not only at his home Institution but also at Vienna and Klagenfurt university. He has also presented his model for the teaching of CLIL in secondary education at numerous international conferences and is the owner of a CLIL blog.

Mag. Sergio Gonzalez Garde, Lic. MU BA BA

After studying Slavonic studies for three years and finishing his degree in Translation and Interpreting in Madrid and a Master’s degree in Translation, Sergio moved to Austria and started working in different school forms (HAK, HLW and AHS). At the University of Vienna he first studied English and Spanish (Teaching Program) and then decided to enroll in the MA program Ethics for Teachers and Professionals. He has been working at BRG Gainfarn – Bad Vöslau since 2013 where not only has he had the chance of mentoring Spanish and English student teachers, but also to awaken and stimulate his interest in CLIL, most specifically in combination with Ethics.

MMag. Johannes Jurka, PhD

Johannes works as a psychotherapist, coach, supervisor and consultant for organizational development. He also conducts trainings in leadership, team development, communication, conflict and self-management primarily in the non-profit sector. He was the director of the Academy of Social Management until the Fall of 2020. Before that he was in charge of various housing services for refugees in and around Vienna.

He completed undergraduate degrees in English and American Studies and General Linguistics at the University of Vienna in 2006. He worked as a teaching and research assistant at the department of linguistics at the University of Maryland in the United States where he completed his PhD in 2010.

Mag. Georg Hellmayr

Georg holds a teaching degree in English and German from the University of Vienna. His professional experience includes teaching English as a foreign language on secondary and tertiary level as well as working as a teacher educator, mentor and materials writer. His research interests are applied EFL methodology, materials writing and teacher education.

Mag. Michael Karnbach

Since his graduation from university (University of Vienna and Paris Sorbonne), Michael Karnbach has been teaching English and French in adult education and at upper-secondary vocational school. He has been active in in-service teacher training (e-learning, cross-culture and gender issues) for PH Wien and pre-service teacher training at the Centre for English Language Teaching at Vienna University. He is now in charge of the English Department at Hertha Firnberg Schools for Business and Tourism Vienna 22 (Vocational Secondary College for Occupations in the Service Industries), where he teaches English, French and International Communication in Business, and prepares candidates for the Cambridge Business English Certificate.

Mag. Dr. Ronald Kemsies

Ronald holds a teaching degree in English and French from the University of Vienna and a PhD in English and American Studies, specializing in applied cognitive linguistics. His professional experience includes teaching English as a foreign language in various settings as well as working as a teacher educator, mentor, educational consultant and materials writer. His research interests are applied cognitive linguistics, second language acquisition, EFL methodology, primary ELT, CLIL and teacher education.

Mag.a Elisabeth Löffelberger, MA

Elisabeth holds a teaching degree in English and German and a master’s degree in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures from the University of Vienna. During her studies, she spent an exchange semester at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. At present, she teaches English and German at an upper-secondary vocational school in Vienna and mentors student teachers.

Mag.a Dr. Maria Isabel Perez Torres

Isabel Pérez Torres has written her PhD on the use of WebQuests in foreign language teaching at the University of Granada (Spain). Inspired by her work as a secondary EFL teacher and researcher in the field Information and Communication Technology she has presented on numerous national and international conferences. She is also the owner of a pioneering and popular website. Recently she has been responsible for the CLIL schools in the province of Granada (Spain) and she has also held courses on the teaching of CLIL and IT at Vienna University.

Mag.a Dr. Karin Richter

Karin holds a teaching degree in English and German from the University of Vienna, and obtained a PhD in educational linguistics in 2015, specializing in English-medium instruction and pronunciation learning. She has gained professional experience in a number of educational settings, including secondary and tertiary levels. The classes she has taught range from Business English to IELTS preparation and EAP. She now works mainly as a senior lecturer in the English language competence (ELC) programme at the English Department. Her research interests are focused on but not limited to factors influencing pronunciation learning.

Mag.a Dr. Marlene Schwarz

Marlene holds a teaching degree in English and Italian from the University of Vienna. After a year in the UK as a teaching assistant, she began working at Gymnasium der Dominikanerinnen in Vienna, where she enjoys teaching languages as well as mentoring English student teachers. In addition, she is pursuing her interest in linguistics and (out-of-school) language learning in a PhD at the English department, for which she was awarded a uni:docs fellowship from 2015 to 2018. 

Mag.a Theresia F. Steiner

Theresia studied English and Spanish at the University of Vienna and at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Prior to her university studies, she spent a year in London. Since graduating from university in 2004 she has been an English and Spanish teacher at academic secondary schools in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. During her 10-year stay in Basel, Switzerland, Theresia came to appreciate the concept of mentoring and decided to become a mentor teacher herself. Her particular interest in methodology and didactics has considerably shaped the stages of her professional life and further training. Theresia teaches English and Spanish at the GRG 15 Auf der Schmelz and mentors English student teachers.

Mag.a Andrea Wagner

Andrea obtained her teaching degree in English and History at the University of Vienna and has since been teaching at BG/BRG Keimgasse in Mödling. Since her qualification as a mentor (Certificate Course in Mentoring at the Centre for Teacher Education) she has been coaching student teachers from university and PH Lower Austria during their practical training. Andrea is actively involved in the school programme for gifted students. For her eVOCATIOn certificate (KPH Wien) she developed a project for autonomous learning processes together with a team of teachers at her school.

Mag.a Theresa Weiler, PhD

Theresa holds a teaching degree in English and French from the University of Innsbruck and a PhD in applied linguistics (language testing) from the University of Lancaster (UK). She has been involved in the development and implementation of the standardized Austrian school-leaving exam (SRDP) in the foreign languages since 2007 and is currently employed at the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, where she works in the department in charge of the SRDP. Theresa regularly teaches courses related to the SRDP at various teacher training colleges in Austria. She joined the Department of English Studies as an external lecturer in 2020. 

Funded PhD students in CELTER

Mag.a Katharina Ghamarian, BA

Katharina Ghamarian is a PhD fellow at the Department of English and American studies at the University of Vienna. She holds a teaching degree in English and German, as well as a Bachelor degree in German Philology, and has been teaching both subjects a Viennese vocational upper secondary school. In 2018, she received the uni:docs fellowship for her doctoral project on the development of advanced L2 learners’ knowledge of academic verbs and a potential link to explicit and extra-mural vocabulary learning practices.

Mag.a Alexandra Schurz

Alexandra studied English and French at the University of Vienna and received her diploma in 2017. She has experience teaching those subjects at a compulsory school in Stockholm, and an academic high school and a business college in Vienna. She started investigating implicit and explicit grammatical knowledge of Swedish learners of English in her diploma thesis, and continues to do so in her PhD, extending the target group to Austrian students. Alongside her interest in EFL grammatical knowledge, Alexandra aims to explore the impact that different types of instruction and Extramural English have on L2 attainment.

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