Dr Gabriele Schmidt

PhD (ANU), MA (University of Bielefeld), SFHEA
Honorary Lecturer
College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • German Language 200307
  • Language Studies 2003
  • Applied Linguistics And Educational Linguistics 200401
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy 1302

Research interests

Language Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; Language Learning Motivation; Curriculum Development; History of German in Australia


Gabriele Schmidt is an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Literature, Languages & Linguistics. She has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Bielefeld specialising in German as a Foreign Language and a PhD in Linguistics from the ANU. In her PhD thesis she investigated the motivation of Australian university students to learn German. Before joining the ANU in 1996 Gabriele was a lecturer at the University of Düsseldorf. Gabriele retired from ANU in 2017 but continues her research as an honorary staff member.

Awards and Distinctions

2015: Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK)

2009: The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Community Outreach (Team Award)

2003: The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

2003: Honorary award from the German Ambassador for supporting the German-speaking culture in Australia and the foundation of the Canberra German-speakers’ Network

Past student projects

PhD supervision:

Mr Aser Altalib (2015-2017)
Working title: Dynamics of Motivation of University Students in Saudi Arabia Learning English

Honours supervision:

2017: "The linguistic representation of transgender people in German newspapers". Result: First Class Honours (H1)

2016: "The discursive representation of refugees in German newspapers". Result: First Class Honours (H1), University Medal


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