Ute Smit

Ute Smit

Deputy Head of the Research Platform

Present position & research stays

Position: Associate Professor, Department of English Studies, University of Vienna, Austria;
2018-20: Head of Department
2016-18: Deputy Head of Department
2008-12: (Deputy) Director of Studies   
Since 1993: Various stays as visiting researcher or lecturer (at Rhodes University, South Africa; University of Zurich, Switzerland; University of Graz, Austria; University of Stellenbosch, South Africa; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; University of Madrid, Spain; University of Southampton, UK)

Services to scientific community

Since 2013: Member of the board of the Association on ICLHE (Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education)
2006-14: Co-founding organiser of the Research Network on “CLIL and Immersion Education: Applied Linguistic perspectives” of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA)
2001-14: Member of the board of Verbal (Austrian Association of Applied Linguistics)
Since 1996: Reviewer for research funding institutions (e.g. British Academy, Canadian Research Council, South African Research Fund); international publishers (e.g. Benjamins, Mouton); academic journals (e.g. Applied Linguistics, English for Specific Purposes, Language and Education, Modern Language Journal)

Selected recent research projects

2015-17 'On the implementation of the new CLIL requirements for Austrian 'HTLs'. Question development for quality assessment and case studies on classroom practices' (partially funded by the Austrian Ministry of Education), University of Vienna, Austria.
2014-17 'Internationalization of Higher Education in bilingual degrees: Analysis of the linguistic, cultural and academic challenges' (partially funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, MINECO, REF. FFI2013-41235-R), headed by Emma Dafouz, Complutense University, Spain.
2012-14 'Language and content integration: towards a conceptual framework (ConCLIL)'; 2012-14, international project team (from Austria, Canada, Finland, Spain and the UK), fully funded by the Finnish Academy, headed by Tarja Nikula, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Selected recent publications (in reverse chronological order)

  • Smit, U. 2018. Beyond monolingualism in higher education: a language policy account". In: Jenkins, J.; Baker, W.; Dewey, M. (eds.). The Routledge handbook of English as a lingua franca. New York: Routledge, 387–399.
  • Dafouz, E. and U. Smit. 2017. A sociolinguistic examination of the multifaceted Roles of English in English-medium education in multilingual university settings. In A. Llinares & T. Morton (eds.) Applied Linguistics Perspectives on CLIL. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 294-309.
  • Hüttner, Julia and Ute Smit. 2017. Negotiating political positions: subject-specific oral language use in CLIL classrooms. International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education  DOI: 10.1080/13670050.2017.1386616
  • Dalton-Puffer, Christiane and Ute Smit. 2016. Content and Language Integrated Learning and ELF. In Marie-Luise Pitzl and Ruth Osimk-Teasdale (eds.). English as a lingua franca: Perspectives and prospects. Contributions in honour of Barbara Seidlhofer. Berlin: Mouton, 235-244.
  • Nikula, T., E. Dafouz, P. Moore & U. Smit (eds.) 2016. Conceptualising Integration in CLIL and Multilingual Education. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Dafouz, E. & U. Smit. 2016. Towards a dynamic conceptual framework for English-medium education in multilingual university settings. Applied Linguistics 37(3): 397–415.

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