I have conducted research in the area of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) since 1996. My current research focuses on two main topics: Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and Multilingualism in the EFL Classroom.

Current Research Areas:

  • Language Teacher Education and the Use of New Technologies
  • Language Teaching with Interactive Whiteboard Technology
  • Language Teaching with Learner Response Systems
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Bilingualism/Multilingualism
  • Language Assessment and Technology (new area)

Current Research Projects:

  1. EU Project TEMPLATE (Technology-Mediated PLurilingual Activities for (language) Teacher Education).
  2. EU Project VALIANT (Virtual Innovation and Support Networks for Teachers)
  3. FuN-Kolleg (Heterogenität gestalten – starke Grundschulen entwickeln)

Concluded Research Projects:

ITiLT 2 (Interactive Teaching in Languages with Technology)
Goal: Develop, promote and disseminate new and innovative best practice in sup-porting interactive language teaching through the use of new and emerging interactive technologies, such as iPads, tablet PCs, learner response systems, and videoconferencing software
Role: Work package leader and expert for training module design
Duration: January 2015 – December 2017 (3 years)
Funding: European Commission – Strategic Partnership (Erasmus Plus)

Developing Cross-linguistic and Cross-cultural Awareness in the EFL Primary Classroom
Goal: Investigation of EFL primary school teachers’ perceptions towards multilin-gualism and design and evaluation of EFL language learning materials focusing on the development of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural awareness
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: October 2013 – September 2016 (3 years)
Funding: Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd


Concluded Research Projects:

Toddler (Towards Opportunities for Disadvantaged and Diverse Learners
on the Early childhood Road)

Goal: Raise awareness towards the educational benefits of high quality education and care for toddlers at risk and improve curriculum and teaching strategies of teacher education/in-service training
Role: Work Package leader: Early Language
Main aim: Identifing the characteritics that are important in dealing with multilingualism and multiculturalism in the pre-school setting
Duration: November 2010 – October 2013 (3 years)
Funding: European Commission – Lifelong Learning Programme

ITiLT (Interactive Technologies in Language Teaching)


Goal: Design of a language teacher development programme to foster the effective use of interactive technologies in the language classroom
Role: Work package leader and expert for training module design
Duration: January 2011 – April 2013 (2.5 years)
Funding: European Commission – Lifelong Learning Programme

Language Teachers’ Perspectives in Technology Integration (LTPTI)


Scope: Investigating Technology Integration into the English Curriculum in Secondary Schools in Baden-Württemberg with a Focus on Teachers’ Perspectives
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: October 2008 – February 2012 (3+ years)
Funding: Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst (State of Baden-Württemberg) and Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg


Ongoing Research Collaborations:

Iowa State University (USA)


Area: Language Assessment and Technology
Project: CRITERION: Automated Writing Evaluation in ESL Classes
Partners: Department of English (Prof. Dr. Volker Hegelheim) [link]
Since: September 2010
Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG)

Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)


Area: Computer Assisted Language Learning
Project: Development of a&xnbsp; theoretical model for the analysis of CALL materials and their use in the language classroom
Partners: Department of English (Dr. Shona Whyte) [link]
Since: July 2010