Elisabeth Wielander

Teaching Associate in German/ Director of Learning and Teaching

Elisabeth Wielander 2019I 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 and re-joined the German group in September 2013 in my current position as Teaching Associate.

My responsibilities include language teaching (including Ab Initio) at all levels, coordinating the German Language for All (LfA) modules, the German Internship Programme and the Austrian Language Diploma (ÖSD), as well as outreach activities. My administrative duties include Director of Learning & Teaching for the Department of Languages and Translation Studies (LTS) as well as Academic Lead for Student Engagement for the School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS). 

My main research interest is content and language integrated learning (CLIL) and my PhD focussed on CLIL in UK Higher Education. I am also interested in the use of audio-visual media in language teaching and in Teaching of German as a Foreign Language. I am a member of the Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA). 

  • Gremler, C. / Wielander, E. (2017). ‘The Benefits of Student-Led Video Production in the Language for Business Classroom’. In: Xiang, C. (ed.). Case on Audio-Visual Media in Language Education. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global, 155-193.
  • Wielander, E. (2015). “ICL in UK Tertiary Education: The case of German”. In: Wilkinson, R. / Walsh, M.L. (eds). Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education: From Theory to Practice. Selected papers from the 2013 ICLHE Conference. Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang, 181-194
  • Wielander, E. (2013). “CLIL Project 3: European Geography (introducing Austria and Switzerland)”. In: Watts, C. / Forder, C. (eds). Living Languages. An Integrated Approach to Teaching Foreign Languages in Secondary Schools. London / New York: Routledge, 228-233.
  • Wielander, E. (2009). "ILT-Independent Listening Task: Hör-Sehverstehen im Selbststudium". In: ÖDaF-Mitteilungen 25:1, p. 59-61.
  • 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
  • German Language Skills I, II, III
  • German Ab Initio I, II
  • LfA (German Beginners, Intermediate)
  • Introduction to the German-speaking Countries
  • Introduction to Interpreting
  • LSP Translation (supervision)
  • One-day workshop: German Ab Initio in UK HE, UCL, June 2017
  • Co-lead: “Peer assessment”, Learning & Teaching Forum series, Aston Business School, May 2017
  • One-day workshop: Assessment for teachers of German in HE, University of Nottingham, June 2016
  • 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
  • Senior 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


  • Keynote: ‘Something to talk about: Integrating content and language in tertiary education’, CPD conference Discovering Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), Aston University, March 2017
  • ‘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
  • Astonishing Academic Awards 2016: ‘Best Use of Feedback in LSS’
  • Astonishing Academic Awards 2015: ‘Most Inspirational Academic in LSS’
  • Astonishing Academic Awards 2014: ‘Most Memorable Lecturer’ (nomination)
  • Nomination (by students) 2012: ‘Aston Outstanding Teacher of the Year’
  • 2011-2013: Two-year fully funded studentship in the Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA)
  • 2013: Funding for one-day HEA workshop on CLIL at Aston University
  • 2012: Higher Education Academy UK Travel Fund grant (with Dr Claudia Gremler)
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