Isabelle Thaler was educated at the University of Cambridge where she attained an MPhil in “Research in Second Language Education“. Previously, she had completed the first state examination at the University of Regensburg to become a secondary school teacher (“Gymnasium”). Additionally, she had worked for the chair of TEFL and completed the “Zusatzausbildung DaF“ (Teaching German as a Foreign Language). During her studies, Isabelle spent six months as a teaching assistant (funded by the PAD) at a comprehensive school in Devon, England, as well as six months at the University Nice-Sophia-Antipolis, where she also completed the school placement “Lehramt International” (funded by the DAAD) at a French secondary school.
Isabelle has received two scholarships from Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung (“Universitätsföderung” and “Promotionsförderung”) and became a scholar of the mentor-mentee-programme “Karriereförderprogramm für Frauen der Begabtenförderungswerke” (Cusanuswerk) under the mentorship of Prof. Michael Byram.
In 2021, Isabelle joined the chair of TEFL at LMU Munich as a doctoral research associate. She is also involved in the project ERASMUS+ project DiCE.Lang (Digital Citizenship Education and Foreign Language Learning). Isabelle is a member of the Graduate School Language & Literature Munich (Class of Language Education).
Areas of interest:
Stays abroad, particularly school exchanges
Thaler, I. S (2019). Can a sociolinguistic perspective of Second Language Acquisition solve ‘the longstanding human curiosity’ of learning languages? Training, Language and Culture 3(3), 36-55.
Presentations and workshops:
“The Female Faces of Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign 2016“. Presentation at the conference Family Matters – Transnational Perspectives on the State of The Family in Europe (Germany and Italy) and the United States, Villa Vigoni, Lake Como, Italy, 14.02.2017.
“Light-bulb moments in Schüleraustauschen – Ein kollaborativer autoethnographischer Ansatz“. Vortrag in der Graduiertenschule Sprache und Literatur München, Klasse für Didaktik der Sprachen, München, 19.05.2021.
“Light-bulb moments - Re-imagining Critical Incidents during School Exchanges”. Presentation at the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Sprachendidaktik (ÖGSD) Nachwuchstagung, Salzburg, Austria, 29.05.2021.
- Tutorial “Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language” (multiple terms)
- Theorie und Praxis der Unterrichtsgestaltung (summer term 2021)
- Exploring and Engaging in Intercultural Encounters – Online and Offline (summer term 2021)