Iris Schaller-Schwaner

Mag. Dr. phil.

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Areas of Specialisation

English as a Foreign Language, English for Academic Purposes in multilingual settings and in the context of a bilingual institution, Oral language skills and practical phonetics, English as a lingua franca in bi- and multilingual academic settings


Current positions and role

EFL Lecturer at the Department of English, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
EFL Lecturer and head of EFL at the Language Centre of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland

My applied research now focuses on oral uses of English in multilingual contexts. My publication-based doctoral thesis (2017, see below and Publications section) deals with the use of English as a lingua franca in academic settings (ELFA) in Switzerland’s only French-German bilingual university. My appraisal of this use of English as a multilingual practice is combined with insights from and for university language teaching. The findings derive from an ethnography of two innovative series of disciplinary events in English and from examples of my own experience as an EAP teacher.

Schaller-Schwaner, Iris. 2017. „The many faces of English at Switzerland’s Bilingual University: English as an academic lingua franca at the institutionally bilingual University of Freiburg/Fribourg - a contextual analysis of its agentive use“. (Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Vienna, Austria)

Incidentally, I also designed the creative-reflective visual display (see Schaller-Schwaner 2015a) a version of which one can now find on the Language Centre homepage.


Recherche et publications

  • Recent conference presentations

    2018b. With Andy Kirkpatrick. English isn’t just English and ELF isn’t just English only. Paper presented at ELF 11 International Conference on English as a Lingua Franca “ELF, Migration and Multilingualism”. King’s College London, UK, 4-7 July, 2018.

    2018a. Oral seminar skills: Speaking tasks for academic self-positioning in ELF university contexts. BALEAP PIM, INTO Newcastle University of Newcastle, UK, 09 June 2018

    2017. Bi(tri)lingualism: ELF as ‘edulect’ in German and French language teaching.  Paper presented at ELF 10 ‘ELF & Changing English’, 10th Anniversary Conference of English as a Lingua Franca, 12-15 June 2017, University of Helsinki

    2014. The habitat factor in ELF(A) and in English for Plurilingual Academic Purposes. Paper presented at 13th International CercleS Conference, Fribourg University, 4 September 2014

    2013. Filling a training need: a Swiss ELF workshop on giving academic presentations. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on English as a Lingua Franca ELF 6, University of Roma Tre, 6 September 2013.

  • Recent publications

    2020. With Andy Kirkpatrick. What is English in the light of lingua franca usage? In: Hall, Chris & Wicaksono, Rachel (eds.) Ontologies of English. Conceptualising the language for learning, teaching and assessment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    2018b. Reflections on the Production-Oriented Approach POA in China: a new name and a new acronym. Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics 41-2: 249-252
    DOI 10.1515/cjal-2018-0018 ISSN 2192-9505

    2018a. ELF as multilingual “edulect” in a bilingual university.  Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 7(1): 113–129 DOI:

    2015c. The habitat factor in ELF(A) – English as a Lingua Franca (in Academic settings) – and English for Plurilingual Academic Purposes.  Language Learning in Higher Education 5(2): 1-23.

    2015b. ELF oral presentations in a multilingual context: intelligibility, familiarity and agency. In: Bowles, Hugo & Cogo, Alessia (eds.) International Perspectives on English as a Lingua Franca: Pedagogical Insights (International Perspectives in ELT) Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan: 72-95.

    2015a. Does a picture say more than 7000 words? Windows of opportunity to learn languages - an attempt at a creative reflective poster. Language Learning in Higher Education 5(1): 1-23.