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The Australian National University

Dr Gabriele Schmidt

PhD (ANU), MA (University of Bielefeld), SFHEA
Lecturer in German Studies, Honours Convener & Study Abroad Coordinator
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 (0)2 6125 2785

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 a lecturer in the German Studies Program 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.


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

Researcher's projects

I am currently working on a study that investigates the language learning motivation of international students in Australia.  

Available student projects

I welcome proposals from Honours, PhB, Masters and PhD students. Generally I am interested in supervising work in the areas of research interests listed above. I have an interest in quantitative and qualitative research methods and am familiar with some of the relevant software programs.

Current student projects

Current PhD supervision (Primary Supervisor):

Mr Aser Altalib
Working title: Dynamics of Motivation of University Students in Saudi Arabia Learning English

Past student projects

My last Honours student (2016) wrote her thesis on "The discursive representation of refugees in German newspapers". Result: First Class Honours (H1), University Medal



In Preparation

Ammon, U; Sambe, S & Schmidt, G (eds.)  Förderung der deutschen Sprache weltweit. Vorschläge, Ansätze und Konzepte. Verlag Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, ca. 500 pp.


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