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Dissertations

The section has also been active in the area of ELT research for many years and has a long history of international publications and cooperations.

Since winter semester 2013/14, the University of Graz also has a Doctoral School for Research into Teaching and Learning. Within the Doctoral School, there is also a specialized programme for Language Learning and Teaching Research headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sarah Mercer. This Doctoral Programme is designed to promote focused academic exchange in this specialized area and encourage networking across foreign language disciplines.

In DoCNet, professors for language didactics from the universities of Graz, Erfurt and Klagenfurt have been working together with all of their PhD students for an intensive weekend of seminars, presentations and workshops. Every year, Prof. Sarah Mercer (University of Graz), Prof. Friederike Klippel (LMU München) and Prof. Petra Kirchhoff (University of Erfurt, formerly at University of Regensburg) organise a symposium, which gives students the chance to present and discuss their research, theoretical frameworks and empirical methods.

Below you'll find a list of dissertations that have been written in the area of ELT in the department.

Ongoing Dissertations

Completed Dissertations

  • Begić, Ines: Towards an understanding of the relations between time perspectives and L2 motivation
    Betreuerin: Univ.-Prof. Sarah Mercer, BA MA MSc PhD
  • Burkert, Anja: The Student Teacher Portfolio and its implications for teacher education in Austria
    Supervisor: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Newby
  • Fasching, Maria: Drama- und Theaterpädagogik im Fremdsprachenunterricht. Zur Evaluierung und Implementierung eines dramapädagogisch-orientierten Fremdsprachenunterrichts von der Primar- bis zur Sekundarstufe II
    Supervisor: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Newby
  • Haggagg Mohammed: A suggested program based on active learning and its effect on developing TOEFL-iBT-oriented language proficiency of non-English specialized researchers
    Supervisor: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Newby
  • Gruber, Marie-Theres: PrimA-CLIL. Multiple Stakeholders' Perceptions of CLIL and Its Implementation at the Primary School Level in Austria
    Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Sarah Jane Mercer, BA MA PhD
  • Oberdorfer, Pia: How CLIL R U? The Teacher Identities, Beliefs and Reported Practices of CLIL Teachers in Austrian Secondary Schools
    Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Sarah Mercer, BA MA PhD
  • Saleem, Mehvish: Exploring ESL teachers' psychology from a holistic perspective
    Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Sarah Jane Mercer, BA MA PhD
  • Schumm Fauster, Jennifer: Using Young Adult Literature at the tertiary level: An Intercultural Approach to EFL
    Supervisor: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Margit Reitbauer
  • Waldhaus, Christoph: Komplexe Dynamische Evaluation (KDE) – Annäherung an ein Instrument zur Optimierung des universitären Fremdsprachenunterrichts
    First Supervisor: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Newby
    Second Supervisor: O. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Paul Portmann-Tselikas

ELT Research and Methodology

Univ.-Prof. Sarah Mercer BA MA MSc PhD

Liebiggasse 9/HP
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8190

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