Mag. Dr. Pia Resnik, MA

Professional interests:

  • SLA (ultimate attainment in ESL & linguistic multi-competence)
  • Psycholinguistics (emotions in the context of multilingualism)
  • Bilingual cognition
  • Sociolinguistics (language & gender)

On a personal note ...


What do you like most about your job?

I enjoy being able to work with young people (especially those who think outside the box), exchanging ideas, developing thoughts with students and learning from each other. Also, I really enjoy making them enthusiastic about their subject.


What's the number one piece of advice you wish you had been given as a student?

Really appreciate and enjoy being able to study, being given the opportunity and time to broaden your mind and to think critically as it is a gift really. Also seize the opportunity of studying abroad, travel a lot and live life to the fullest. Even if it sometimes does not feel like it, you will probably never have more time to do so than now.


Which English word/phrase/grammar point do you especially like to teach to your students?

It’s hard for me to limit it to a word/phrase or specific grammar point as I really enjoy teaching language in (its contextual) use and teaching students how we achieve certain effects (such as being persuasive or being polite) by means of phrasing things in a certain way (including all of the above really). We don’t use language randomly, but it’s also linked to societal and individual expectations, which are based on experience and also depend on what we aim to achieve.


What’s your favo(u)rite line from a song or your favo(u)rite saying?

There are many, but one of them certainly is the following: ”There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” – Leonard Cohen


When you are not at the department, where do you like to hang out in Vienna?

I enjoy attending concerts, spending time at the Donaukanal or hanging out at the ”Alte Donau”. As I moved here not long ago, there is still a lot to discover in this beautiful city.


What's the scariest thing you've ever done in your life?

Well, I guess one of the scariest things I’ve ever done in my life was moving to another country where I didn’t know anyone. But it was so worth it! Another really scary moment was up The Peak in Hong Kong (I’m scared of heights).