Ute Smit

Ute Smit

Deputy Head of the Research Platform

Present position & research stays

Position: Professor of English Linguistics, Department of English Studies, University of Vienna, Austria
(Deputy) Head of Department
(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 2017: Member of the board of the Association on ICLHE (Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education); presently: chair
Co-founding organiser of the Research Network on “CLIL and Immersion Education: Applied Linguistic perspectives” of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA)
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, Routledge); academic journals (e.g. Applied Linguistics, English for Specific Purposes, International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, Language and Education, Modern Language Journal, System)

Ongoing research projects
COST Action CA21114 "CLIL Network for Languages in Education: Towards bi- and multilingual disciplinary literacies (CLILNetLE)", chaired by Julia Hüttner, University of Vienna, Austria
"English as a Medium of Instruction in European Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities for Europe and the UK", headed by Kristina Hultgren, Open University, UK.
"Understanding the Internationalisation of Higher Education from the Student Perspective: A Longitudinal Examination of Disciplinary Literacies in English-medium education (SHIFT)", headed by Emma Dafouz, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain & Pascual Pérez, University of Murcia, Spain.

Selected recent publications

  • Smit, Ute & Thomas Finker. 2022. "Topicalizing language in CLIL teaching at technical colleges: a micro-level analysis of language-related episodes (LREs)". English for Specific Purposes 68: 102-115. DOI: 10.1016/j.esp.2022.07.004
  • Angelika Rieder-Bünemann, Julia Hüttner & Ute Smit. 2022. 'Who would have thought that I'd ever know that!': subject-specific vocabulary in CLIL student interactions, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, DOI: 10.1080/13670050.2021.2020211
  • Komori, Miya & Ute Smit. 2022. Exploratory Interactive Explaining (EXINTEX): constructing disciplinary knowledge in two multilingual university setting. Applied Linguistics 43/2: 271-292; 10.1093/applin/amab023.
  • Dafouz, Emma & Ute Smit. 2022. Towards Multilingualism in English-medium higher education: A student perspective.  Journal of English as Medium of Instruction 1/1: 29-47. 10.1075/jemi.21018.daf
  • Smit, Ute and Patrick Studer (eds.) 2021. European Journal of Language Policy. Special Issue: English-medium education in internationalised universities: new policy perspectives 13/2.
  • Smit, U. & M. Schwarz. 2020. English in Austria: policies and practices. In: Hickey, R. (ed.) English in German-speaking Europe. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press, 294-314.
  • Dafouz, E. & U. Smit., 2020. ROAD-MAPPING English-medium Education in the International University. Palgrave Pivot.

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