Katharina Ghamarian

Katharina Ghamarian

Doctoral studies at the Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna
uni:docs fellow (prae doc)


Research interests
Applied Linguistics
Vocabulary acquisition and learning
Language Attitudes
Corpus Studies


October 2017-present: Master studies in English Language and Linguistics
October 2012- September 2017: Teaching degree in English and German, University of Vienna. Title of Diploma thesis: "An analysis of how academic vocabulary development relates to vocabulary learning strategies and the biographical background of English students at the University of Vienna
October 2012- August 2016: Bachelor Program in German Philology, University of Vienna
September 2012-July 2013: Training as a Musical Performer, Courses in rhetoric and presentations, Vienna Konservatorium

Academic experience
Courses taught:
WS 2017: Coaching Course for first-semester students during STEOP preparations
WS 2019/20: PS Vocabulary: A journey into the depths of word knowledge in Bachelor of Education (122050 PS)
SS 2020: PS Vocabulary in Bachelor of Education (122050 PS)
WS 2020/21: FS Research Seminar 1 in Master of Education

February 2018: Language Identity and Education in Multilingual Contexts in Dublin
April 2019: BAAL Vocabulary Studies SIG 2019 in Manchester
May 2019: ÖGSD Nachwuchstagung 2019 in Innsbruck
July 2020: Online International Doctoral Research Conference in Education
May 2021: 10th Austrian UAS LIC 2021 in Vienna

Further professional activities:
2018-present: Member of the EduLing research group at the Department of English
2018- present: Reviewer of the Journal CELT Matters
2020- present: Editor of the Journal CELT Matters
2020- present: Administration of technical research equipment

Scholarships and awards
Oktober 2018: Uni:docs award, University of Vienna
May 2017: Student Award for the Seminar paper "An analysis of attitudes towards American and British English among English students in Vienna", University of Vienna



  • Ghamarian, K. (2019). Sleeping beauty: Vocabulary learning strategies. CELT Matters, 3, 38-45.
  • Ghamarian, K. (2020). Following individual paths: An investigation of students’ instructed and extramural steps towards academic vocabulary. Österreichische Gesellschaft für Sprachdidaktik, 5(11), 16-20.
  • Ghamarian K. (forthcoming). Weaving academic texts: An observation of students’ quest for the magic of words in the Language Competence Program. In A. Berger, H. Heaney, P. Resnik, A. Rieder-Bünemann, & G. Savukova (Eds.). Developing advanced English language competence: A research-informed approach at tertiary level. Cham: Springer.