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Isabelle Thaler

Isabelle Thaler

Doctoral Research Associate


Department für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Schellingstraße 3 (RG)
80799 München

Room: 427 VG
Phone: +49 (0)89 2180-5552

Office hours:
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Curriculum vitae

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 ERASMUS+ project DiCE.Lang (Digital Citizenship Education and Foreign Language Learning). Isabelle is a member of the DGFF, ÖGSD and the Graduate School Language & Literature Munich (Class of Language Education).

Areas of interest:

  • Intercultural learning
  • Stays abroad, particularly school exchanges
  • Teacher education
  • Classroom discourse
  • Citizenship education
  • Professional Vision


Thaler, Isabelle S. (2021). Light-bulb moments und Light-bulb-moment strategies im Schüler_innenaustausch. Ein partizipativer ethnographischer Ansatz. In: Angelovska Tanja, Hargaßner Julia, Prikoszovits Matthias, Rückl Michaela (Hrsg.) (2021): Sprachendidaktik: Der wissenschaftliche Nachwuchs im Dialog. Extended Abstracts zur 12. ÖGSD Nachwuchstagung (S. 8-12). ÖGSD Tagungsberichte, Bd 6. Salzburg: ÖGSD.

Thaler, Isabelle S. (2021). 'Light-bulb moments' in professional discourse during study abroad exchanges. Issues of Applied Linguistics, 42, 7-40.

Thaler, Isabelle 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 Digital Poetry Escape Room – A motivating environment for exploring modern poetries cooperatively and competitively?” Presentation with Benedikt Meininger at the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Sprachendidaktik (ÖGSD) Haupttagung, Austria, 03.12.2021.

"Intercultural learning via real and virtual encounters". Vortrag für el mundo – Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung im Lehramt, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, München, 22.10.2021.

“Light-bulb moments – Re-imagining Critical Incidents during School Exchanges”. Presentation at the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Sprachendidaktik (ÖGSD) Nachwuchstagung, Salzburg, Austria, 29.05.2021.

“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.

“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.


  • Grundlagen der Fremdsprachendidaktik (winter term 2021/2022)
  • Lernwerkstatt: Professional Vision through Classroom Observation (winter term 2021/2022)
  • Theorie und Praxis der Unterrichtsgestaltung (summer term 2021)
  • Exploring and Engaging in Intercultural Encounters – Online and Offline (summer term 2021)
  • Tutorial “Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language” (multiple terms)