“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”Albert Einstein
Thanks for your curiosity and welcome on my website.
I knew at a very young age that I wanted to become a teacher. I made my younger siblings sit and listen while I wrote letters on a blackboard that our parents had put up for us in the living room. Gladly, my teaching style has considerably changed since then. Today I look back at many years of teaching English to speakers of other languages and at training others to become English teachers. My passion for teaching, which has remained until this day, has been joined by a deep curiosity about theoretical and practical aspects of teaching and learning foreign languages.
After gaining extensive and in-depth experience of teaching EFL learners at various age and proficiency levels at national and international educational institutions, I have pursued an academic career as a researcher and EFL teacher educator. My research encompasses all features of psychology in language learning and teaching as well as humanistic and learner-centred teaching approaches, particularly the Austrian implementation of the Dalton Plan, cooperative open learning (COOL).
To promote professional exchange and networking, I initiated an international conference on language learning strategies (SSU), which is hosted biennially at different locations across the globe. Besides numerous book chapters and journal articles, I have published a co-edited volume about language learning strategies together with Rebecca L. Oxford, one of the most influential scholars in the field. I am currently co-editing another book entitled “Activating and Engaging Learners and Teachers: Perspectives for English Language Education,” and I am working on my post-doctoral degree (Habilitation).
I integrate 21st century skills in my EFL teacher education courses, apply problem-based and project-based approaches in course designs, and organise excursions as opportunities for pre-service teachers to explore different aspects of their future profession. This broadens their pedagogical horizons, methodological creativity, and teaching innovation.