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Biography

Karin Raffer started working in the field of higher education in 2005, gaining experience in research, internationalisation and foreign language teaching at an Austrian University of Applied Sciences. She holds M.A. degrees in Applied Linguistics and in Communication Studies. Before taking up teaching German language and culture at higher education institutions in Austria and abroad, Karin obtained a university certificate in Teaching German as a Foreign Language from the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. From 2012 to 2013, she carried out research and taught German at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA), where she was involved in the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch. Karin joined King’s College London as OeAD Lecturer in 2015, taking on special responsibility for the new German ab initio pathway starting in the academic year 2015/16.

Research Interests

  • Second and Third Language Acquisition
  • Contrastive Linguistics
  • German as a Foreign Language
  • Foreign language pedagogy
  • Language change and the adoption of new vocabulary

Karin Raffer is particularly interested in language teaching research with a focus on contrastive linguistics and the acquisition of vocabulary. She has conducted research on teaching vocabulary in classroom settings with students learning German as a Third Language and on the working conditions of lecturers teaching German as a Second Language in Austria.

Teaching

Karin Raffer teaches core language modules and has taken on the role of ab initio lead.