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Gianna Hessel

Current Functions and Responsibilities

Lise-Meitner-Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ELT Research and Methodology Section, Department of English Studies, University of Graz

Principal investigator of the FWF project „Investigating development in students’ foreign language proficiency, language learning motivation and intercultural competence during the post-return phase of ERASMUS study abroad“ (2018-2020)

Qualifications

BA (University of Mainz, Germany), MSc (University of Oxford, UK), PhD (University of Oxford, UK)

 

Main areas of research interest

  • Second language acquisition (SLA) and intercultural learning in the context of study abroad & other mobility contexts
  • The psychology of second language learning (L2 self-concept and self-motivation in particular)
  • The psychological aspects of intergroup contact involving second languages
  • The conceptualization and assessment of intercultural competence
  • Issues in integrating qualitative and quantitative research paradigms

Selected publications

Hessel, G. (2020). Overall L2 proficiency maintenance and development among returning ERASMUS study abroad participants, Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education.

 
Hessel, G., Talbot, K., Mercer, S., & Gruber, M.-T. (in press). The wellbeing and job satisfaction of secondary CLIL & tertiary EMI teachers. Journal for the Psychology of Language Learning Special Issue.

 
Hessel, G. (2019). The role of international student interactions in English as a lingua franca in students’ second language acquisition, L2 motivational development and intercultural learning during study abroad. SSLLT, 9 (3), 495-51. DOI: 10.14746/ssllt.2019.9.3.4​

 

Hessel, G. (2019). Study Abroad: L2 Self-efficacy and Engagement in Intercultural Interactions. In A. Kostoulas (Ed.), Challenging Boundaries in Language Education (pp. 243 – 257). Basel: Springer.

 

Hessel, G., & Vanderplank, R. (2018). What difference does it make? Examining English proficiency gain as an outcome of participation in ERASMUS study abroad programmes in the UK. Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education, 3(2), 191-219. DOI: 10.1075/sar.16020.hes

 

Hessel, G. (2017). A new take on individual differences in L2 proficiency gain during study abroad. System, 66, 39-55. DOI: 10.1016/j.system.2017.03.004.

 

Hessel, G. (2016). From vision to action: Inquiring into the conditions for the motivational capacity of ideal second language selves. System, Virtual Special Issue: 15 years of research on self and identity in System. https://www.journals.elsevier.com/system/virtual-special-issues/new-vsi-on-self

 

Chankseliani, M., & Hessel, G. (2016). International student mobility from Russia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia to the UK: trends, institutional rationales and strategies for student recruitment. Oxford, UK: The Centre for Comparative and International Education, University of Oxford. DOI: http://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.3469.4641/1

 

Chankseliani, M., & Hessel, G. (2016). Case studies of the most popular European destinations for mobile students from Russia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia. Oxford: The Centre for Comparative and International Education, University of Oxford.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.17820.90243

 

Hessel, G. (2015). From vision to action: Inquiring into the conditions for the motivational capacity of ideal second language selves. System, 52, 103 – 114. DOI: 10.1016/j.system.2015.05.008.

 

Sammons, P., Davis, S., Bakkum, L., & Hessel, G. (2014). Bilingual Education in Brunei: The Evolution of the Brunei Approach to Bilingual Education and the Role of CfBT in Promoting Educational Change. Full Report. CfBT Education Trust. 60 Queens Road, Reading, RG1 4BS, England.

Selected contributions to international research conferences

Hessel, G. (accepted). Study abroad and multilingualism: A longitudinal study of ERASMUS students’ changing self-motivation to learn and use the official language of the host country in relation to self-motivation to use and further improve their English during study abroad. Psychology of Language Learning 4, 24 - 28 June 2020, Cape Breton, Canada.

 

Hessel, G. (2019). What happens after study abroad? Exploring the sustainability of study abroad effects. Opening plenary talk at the international SAREP COST ​Meeting 'New Linguistic and Cognitive Perspectives in Study Abroad Research', 6 September 2019, Limassol, Cyprus.

 

Hessel, G. (2017). Applying self-constructs to study abroad research: L2 self-concept and patterns of social contact and L2 usage with host national, co-national and international students during study abroad. Language Education Across Borders, 8 - 10 December 2017, Graz, Austria.

 

Hessel, G. (2016). Becoming a highly proficient speaker appears rather too costly: examining the impact of study abroad in the UK on self-motivation to continue learning English. Psychology of Language Learning 2, 22 -24 August 2016, Jyväskylä, Finland.

 

Hessel, G. (2016). Examining factors associated with individual differences in L2 proficiency development during study abroad. EuroSLA 26, 25 - 27 August 2016, Jyväskylä, Finland.

 

Hessel, G. (2014). Self-efficacy Perceptions in Intercultural Interactions: An Intersection between Intercultural Competence and Linguistic Resources. 14th Conference of the International Association for Language and Intercultural Communication, 28 November 2014, Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal.

 

Hessel, G. (2014). Motivational dynamics in the study abroad context: examining development in the imagined future English-speaking selves, self-efficacy beliefs, English use anxiety, and levels of self-motivation of ERASMUS students in the UK. International Conference on Motivational Dynamics and Second Language Acquisition, 28 August 2014, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.

 

Hessel, G. (2014). From vision to action: inquiring into the conditions for the motivational effectiveness of possible L2 selves. Matters of the Mind: Psychology and Language Learning, 29 May 2014, Universität Graz, Graz, Austria.

Contact

Section ELT Research and Methodology
Liebiggasse 9 8010 Graz, Austria
English Department

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