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Biography

Graduating from the University of Vienna, Christine Schallmoser holds MAs in Hispanic Linguistics (2008), in Teaching and Education, with a focus on German and Spanish (2011), and in German as a Foreign Language (2012). She taught German at the Goethe-Institut in Buenos Aires and the Vienna University of Technology, before joining the German Department at King’s as OeAD-Lektorin in 2011. In 2016, she was appointed Language Co-ordinator, and in 2019 became Lecturer in German Language Education.

Research Interests 

  • Language Acquisition and Language Learning
  • Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching
  • Teaching Languages for Specific Purposes
  • Sociolinguistics

Christine Schallmoser’s current research focuses on learner autonomy, motivation and emotions in language learning. She is collaborating on an international project with the University College of Teacher Education Vienna/Krems, exploring the effects of e-Tandem language learning on participants’ autonomy, foreign language enjoyment and

foreign language anxiety. To this end, they were awarded Innovation in Teaching in Higher Education Funding from King’s as well as a start-up grant by the University of Vienna. Christine Schallmoser’s most recent project, another international collaboration with a colleague in Austria, aims to examine the role of emotions in the language classroom, and, crucially, find ways in which to put their research findings into practice, seeking to ultimately contribute to an increase in take-up for modern languages in the UK.

Teaching

Christine Schallmoser’s teaching expertise ranges from linguistics modules on sociolinguistic developments in German speaking countries to German language and culture modules, from ab initio classes to advanced final year modules. She currently teaches language modules with a focus on socio-cultural and literary topics, critical analysis, politics, and journalistic writing. She is also developing a new final year seminar for specific domains, such as politics and economics. In 2018, she was awarded the King’s Academy Teaching Excellence Award for Sustained Excellence.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Christine Schallmoser contributes to the educational practice of colleagues not only through her research papers but also by running public events. In 2018, she organised an international workshop on the role of emotions in language learning and teaching, funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative ‘Language Acts and Worldmaking’. In 2019, Christine collaborated with poet and artist Caroline Bergvall on a German-dialect translation for a show on visible and invisible language borders currently on display at the Jüdisches Museum Munich.

Christine is available to speak or advise on any aspect of German language teaching in which she has specialist expertise.

Selected Publications

  • Schallmoser, Christine, Pia Resnik, “Using Facebook as a resource for e-Tandem Language Learning in Higher Education.” In Best Practices for Teaching and Learning in Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, edited by Mihyon Jeon, Maria Figueredo and Fernanda Carra-Salsberg. University of Toronto Press, forthcoming.
  • Resnik, Pia, Christine Schallmoser, “Enjoyment as a Key to Success? The Effect of Tandem Language Learning on Students’ Foreign Language Enjoyment” SSLT special issue Border Crossing in Language Education, forthcoming. 
  • Schallmoser, Christine, “Die Berichterstattung über das katalanische Autonomiestatut von 2006 in der deutschsprachigen Presse.“ Europa Ethnica, no. 3-4 (2008): 107-112.