Prof. Dr. Claudia Finkbeiner

Prof. Dr. Claudia Finkbeiner

Professor of Research on Teaching & Learning Foreign Language and Intercultural Communication

University of Kassel
Faculty of Humanities
Foreign Language Research & Intercultural Communication
Kurt-Wolters-Street 5
34125 Kassel

+49 561 804-3353
+49 561 804-3721

cfink(at)uni-kassel.de

President of the Association for Language Awareness

Office hours:

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Vita

June 2019

Erasmus staff mobility Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts and MOFET Institut, Tel Aviv, Israel

February/March 2019

Erasmus staff mobility Kibbutzim College od Education, Technology and Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel

July 2018

Re-election of Chair of the Association for Language Awareness at the 14th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA) in Amsterdam, Netherlands

June 2018

BMBF/DLR International Excursion, Israel

February/March 2018

International Consortium EMI: Council of Higher Education, Israel

January/March 2018

Erasmus staff mobility Kibbutzim College, Tel Aviv, Israel

September 2017

Research stay in Seattle, USA and at the Concordia University, Montreal/Canada

January 2017

Erasmus staff mobility, Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts and Mofet Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel

July 2016

Re-election of Chair of the Association for Language Awareness at the 13th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA) in Vienna, Austria

February/March 2016

Visiting Scholar, University of California Berkeley, California, USA

November/December 2015

Research Stay in Los Angeles, California, USA

January 2015

Visiting Scholar, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Austria

July 2014

Re-election as chair of the Association for Language Awareness at the 12th International Confefence of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA) in Hamar, Norway

November 2013

Visiting Scholar, University of Lleida, Spain

August 2013

Visiting Scholar, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, USA

July 2013

Visiting Scholar, University of Hull/UK and University of Leicester/UK

May 2013

Visiting Scholar, Kocaeli University, Ismit, Turkey

February/March 2013

Zhiqiang Guest Professor at Shanghai University, Shanghai, China

January 2013

Visiting Scholar, Hedmark University College, Hamar, Norway

July 2012

Re-election as chair of the Association for Language Awareness at the 11th International Confefence of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA) in Montreal, Canada

Guest professor, M.A. course at Concordia University Montreal, Canada

May 2012

Visiting Scholar, University of Linköping, Sweden
Co-organization of an international workshop for doctoral students

November 2011

Visiting Scholar, University of Umeå, Sweden

September 2011

Guest Professor, M.A. course, Concordia University Montreal, Canada

January 2011

W3 (Full) Professor of English and American Studies: Research on Teaching & Learning Foreign Language and Intercultural Communication at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Kassel, Germany.

November 2010

The University of Bern, Switzerland, Offer for an Appointment as Full Professor (by Prof. Dr. Urs Wuergler)

July 2010

Re-election as chair of the Association for Language Awareness at the 10th International Confefence of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA) in Kassel, Germany

February 2010

Visiting Professor, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Linguistics & Applied Language Studies, Wellington, New Zealand (by Jonathan Newton, Ph.D., Professor of Linguitics and Applied Studies)

October 2008

Visiting Professor, University of Bern, Switzerland; Masters Course Applied Linguistics (Institute for Education)

July 2008

Re-election as chair of the Association for Language Awareness at the 8th International Confefence of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA) in Hong Kong, China

June 2007

Honorary Adjunct Professor, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia (by Prof. Wayne McKenna, Executive Dean, College of Arts and Prof. Nancy Wright, Head, School of Humanities and Languages)

July 2006

Election as chair of the Association for Language Awareness at the 7th International Confefence of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA) in Le Mans, France

August 2004

The University of North Carolina Greensboro, Offer for Tenure Track Appointment (by Sam Miller, Proffessor & Chair School of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction)

March 2004

Le Moyne College, Syracuse New York, USA, Tenure Track Appointment (by John Smarelli, Ph.D. Academic Vice President)

2003/2004

Visiting Professor, University of Western Oregon, Oregon, USA

November 2000

Visiting Professor, Stanford University, California, USA, School of Education (by Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, Professor of Education & Sociology)

2000/2001

Visiting professor, University of California Berkeley, California, USA

October 1999 - 2011

C4 (Full) Professor of Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Research & Intercultural Communication/Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the University of Kassel, Germany.

September 1999

Nomination for a C4 professorship at the University of Kassel, Germany.

February 1999

Nomination for a C4 professorship at the University of Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.

1998 - 1999

C3 Professor of Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Research & Intercultural Communication/Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the University of Kassel, Germany.

1997-1998

Guest Professor of Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Research & Intercultural Communication/Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the University of Kassel, Germany.

1996-1997

Post-graduate studies (scholarship awarded by the German Research Society); Justus Liebig University, Gießen, Germany; University of California, Berkeley, USA; Taipei Norma University, Taiwan.

1994-1996

Post-graduate studies:
Justus Liebig University, Gießen, Germany

1994

Ed.D. (summa cum laude), University of Education, Heidelberg, Germany. "Teaching English in the European Dimension: Society's Qualification Expectations and Students' Attitudes and Students' Interests. Reports and Contexts of Two Empirical Studies." Dr. Brockmeyer, Bochum (National Doctoral Thesis Award).

1990-1994

Graduate Studies, Heidelberg & Karlsruhe; dissertation research.

1987-1997

Lecturer in TESOL, TEFL; State Institute for Teacher Training at Ludwigsburg, Germany, and Teachers Training College at Heidelberg, Germany.

1982-1994

Teacher for English as a Second or Other Language and Physical Education in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

1980-1982

Studies, second phase: teaching qualification, in-service training (Heidelberg, Germany). Graduation: Second State Examination.

1976-1980

Studies, first phase: teaching qualification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Physical Education at Secondary Schools, University of Heidelberg, Germany. Graduation: First State Examination.

1976

Abitur (A-Levels), Elly-Heuss-Knapp-Grammar School, Heilbronn, Germany.

Awards

2019-2021

Teaching Innovation Award of the University of Kassel, funding of the project "Digitalisation of teaching by using videos"

2019

Second Award in the framework of the Hesse Price of Excellence in Teaching, Hesse State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts, videoclip of the project: https://wissenschaft.hessen.de/video/fremdsprachen-lehren-und-austausch-foerdern

2016-2018

Teaching Innovation Award of the University of Kassel; funding of the project: "Cooperative Learning Online: Students from Israel and Germany work together"

2015

International Travel Award of the "Literay Research Association (LRA), International Research on Literacy Teaching and Teacher Education Study Group" in the framework of the 65. LRA Annual Meeting "Literacy, Equity, Imagination" in Carlsbad, Kalifornien, USA

2013-2014

"Teaching Innovation Award University of Kassel: „Content and Language Integrated learning (CLIL). A competence based model of professionalization of EFL university students in four year study programs in the languages English, French and Spanish and the subject history“

2012-2014

"Teaching Innovation Award University of Kassel: „A competence based model of professionalization of EFL university students in four year study programs. Aim: development of strategy-based diagnostic litercay competence“

2010

Nominated for Final Ars Legend Teaching Award of Excellence Germany.

2008

Koerber Award for the project "Teaching the Power to Empower, The ABCs-Model: A Catalyst for intercultural Learning and teaching" within the framework of Usable "Empowerment. Empowering People" (together with Dr. Eva Wilden).

2005

DAAD Scholarship: Turkish German Socrates/Erasmus Seminar Nov. 5th-10th 2005, Istanbul, Ankara Turkey.

2004

Award of the International Committee of the National Reading Conference (NRC), USA. 54th Annual Meeting.

2003

DAAD Scholarship (Scholar Exchange with Warsaw, Poland).

2001

Award of the Multicultural Issues Committee for the National Reading Conference, presented during the 51st Annual Meeting of the American National Reading Association (Dec 4, 2001): "This honor is a way for the organization to recognize Prof. Finkbeiner's line of literacy research and show its commitment to her membership in the NRC."

1997

National Doctoral Thesis Award for foreign language acquisition research of the University of Goettingen, Germany: "Outstanding empirical-pedagogical and methodological dissertation".

1996-1997

Scholarship for post-doctoral studies awarded by the German Research Society.

since 1995

Numerous research grants to attend international conferences in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Canada and elsewhere.

1994-1996

Scholarship for post-doctoral studies: Research Group "Didactics of Intercultural Understanding", Justus-Liebig University, Gießen, Germany (Prof. Dr. Lothar Bredella).

1992

"Outstanding Innovative Ideas for Foreign Language Teaching", awarded by Ernst-Klett Textbook Publishers, FMF National Conference 1992, Freiburg, Germany.

1990-1993

Scholarships for doctoral studies: by the Department of State for Sciences and Humanities and the Department of State for Education and Cultural Affairs, Baden-Wuerttemberg (Program for Young Scholars and Researchers).

Fields of Research

  • Language Awareness & Cultural Awareness
  • Foreign Language Research
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Didactics of English
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Literacy and Reading Research
  • Interests, Motivation
  • Learning and Reading Strategies
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • Blended Learning, e-learning
  • Holistic, action-oriented Learning