Franziska Auer

School of Languages and Cultures

Austrian Lektor (OeAD)

Franziska Auer
Office hour: Monday 10-11, please contact me via Email if you want to stop by.

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Franziska Auer
School of Languages and Cultures
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

I am the Austrian Lektorin here at the University of Sheffield. I have a Mag. rer. nat. (Master’s degree) in Biology and English for teachers (University of Graz, Austria). I joined the School of Languages and Cultures in 2019.

Research interests

My interests are the significance of culture in the foreign language classroom and how this influences students’ motivation to learn a foreign language. I will use my time as Austrian Lektor at the University of Sheffield to write my MA thesis in German as a foreign language in which I will focus on “Landeskunde im Fremdsprachenunterricht”.

Teaching interests

After my first year of my Master’s degree in German as a foreign language I worked at Washington and Lee University as German language assistant. There I was teaching German language classes from beginner to advanced level. Furthermore, I organized several different culture events and held a lecture about Austrian culture. In March of 2018 I held the “FLTA Panel on American Pedagogy and Classroom Culture” at the New Frontiers in Global Education conference at Washington and Lee University, Virginia. In April of 2018 I attended the 19th CTAUN Conference at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

In Austria I have gained experience in teaching German in several different settings, from students who want to study German for studying at university, to teaching refugees in Kindergarten and High School classes.

Teaching activities
  • MDL 1011 German Language Post A-Level

  • GER 201 German Language Intermediate

  • GER 335 German Language Advanced

  • MDL209 Deutschland und Österreich heute (lecture about Austrian history, politics, and culture)

Professional activities

I have been a language course leader with EF for over 4 years and have accompanied several different groups of students to the UK and Malta. I have also tutored many students on their year abroad in Austria.

During my time here in Sheffield I will be involved in several different extracurricular events throughout the academic year.