Elisabeth Wielander

Teaching Associate in German/ Director of Learning and Teaching


Elisabeth joined the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University as Austrian Lektorin (under the auspices of the ÖAD - Austrian Academic Exchange Service) from September 2007 to August 2011. She worked as a sessional German tutor from October 2011 to May 2012 before focussing on her PhD investigating content and language integrated learning (CLIL) in UK Higher Education. She re-joined the German group in September 2013 in her current position as Teaching Associate, where her responsibilities include undergraduate language teaching, coordinating the German university-wide language programme (UWLP) modules, the German Internship Programme and the Austrian Language Diploma (ÖSD), as well as outreach activities.

  • PhD (2014), Aston University (Title: ‘Something to Talk About: Content and Language Integrated Learning in Modern Languages in British Higher Education. A case study of German at Aston University’)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Postgraduate certificate “Teaching of German as a Foreign Language”, Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria
  • MA (Mag. phil) in Translation Studies (English-Russian), Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria
  • LG1001 German Language Skills 1
  • LG2002 German Language Skills 2
  • LG3003 German Language Skills 3
  • LG1003 Intermediate German 1 (LfA)
  • LG1004 Intermediate German 2 (LfA)
  • LG1033 Advanced German 1 (LfA)
  • LG1034 Advanced German 2 (LfA)
  • LG1408 German for Beginners 1  (LfA)
  • LG1409 German for Beginners 2 (LfA)
  • LI2008 Communication Across Cultures
  • LI3005 LSP Translation
  • LI3001 Interpreting German
  • LG1009 German Language Skills ab initio I
  • One-day workshop ‘Curriculum Design’, July 2014, Aston University
  • "Let's talk about numbers: A Practical Workshop in Embedding Quantitative Methods in your Current Linguistic Syllabus", September 2013, Aston University
  • Organiser and main presenter: “Something to talk about: Integrating content and language study in higher education”, in association with HEA and AHRC, June 2013, Aston University
  • Presenter: panel on 'Teaching in the Target Language' at HEA workshop “New to Teaching - Languages and Linguistics”, May 2013, University of Leeds
  • “Using digital video in the Modern Languages classroom. A practical workshop”, HEA seminar series, January 2013, Aston University
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • ICLHE Association (Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education, founding member)
  • ÖDaF – Austrian Association for German as a Second / Foreign Language
  • ALL – Association for Language Learning   
  • WIGS – Women in German Studies
  • Teaching of German as a Foreign Language  
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning 
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Audiovisual media in language teaching and learning


  • ‘Something to talk about: Integrating content and language in UK undergraduate education’, paper presented at MFL conference Innovative Language Teaching at University: Enhancing student performance at the University of Leeds, May 2014
  • ‘Integrating content and language: The multilingual future of Higher Education’, invited keynote address at CPD conference CLIL Criticality and Cooperation, at INTO University of Exeter, January 2014
  • “CLIL in UK Higher Education: Converging with and diverging from European models”, paper presented at ICLHE 2013 conference, University of Maastricht, Netherlands, 11-13 April, 2013
  • “Integrating content and modern foreign language learning in British higher education: The example of German”, paper presented at English Language Research Seminar series, Aston University, 20 February, 2013
  • "Integrating Content and Language: An alternative approach to undergraduate language teaching and learning", paper presented at LLAS conference Language Futures: Languages in Higher Education, University of Edinburgh, 5-6 July, 2012
  • "Transition to Higher Education: support materials for KS5 and undergraduate students" (with Angela Morris), paper presented at Transitions in Languages conference, Aston University, 3 July, 2012
  • "CLIL in UK Higher Education: A case study in German", paper presented at 2nd International Conference on Bilingual Teaching in Educational Institutions, the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, Spain, 20-22 October, 2011


  • 2010-11: Linked Up project “Taking Steps Towards CLIL”, expert mentor for a German teacher introducing CLIL in her secondary school
  • 2009-10: LSS Teaching Fellow Film Project: “Images as cultural gateway: Visual media in foreign language teaching”, with Dr Claudia Gremler
Room: NW913A
Phone: 0121-204-3754
Email: e.wielander@aston.ac.uk