Prof. Dr. Tor­ben Schmidt is Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish Did­ac­tics at the In­sti­tu­te of Eng­lish Stu­dies at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty Lüne­burg. His fiel­ds of in­te­rest are for­eign lan­gua­ge learning and the di­gi­tal me­dia, self-di­rec­ted learning and pro­ject work in the EFL class­room, teaching EFL in ele­men­ta­ry schools, dra­ma in edu­ca­ti­on, and the teaching of lis­ten­ing and spea­king.

Education, Employment, and Positions

  • winter term 2016/2017: visiting scholarat the University College of Teacher Education in Vienna.
  • since Jan 2012: Prof. of English Didactics at Leuphana University Lüneburg.
  • Apr 2011 - Jan 2012: Prof. (Jun.-Prof.) of English Didactics at Leuphana University Lüneburg.
  • summer term 2010: visiting scholar at the Saint Mary's University in Halifax (Canada).
  • Dec 2008 – Mar 2011: associate, Giessen International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC).
  • Jan 2007 – Apr 2008: research assistant, M.A. "E-LINGO – Teaching languages to young learners", Justus Liebig University Gießen, Germany.
  • Jun 2004 – Apr 2007: doctoral research project, topic of dissertation: "Gemeinsames   Lernen   mit   Selbstlernsoftware   –   Eine   empirische Analyse lernprogrammgestützter Partnerarbeitsphasen im Unterricht der Klasse  7"  (Cooperative  learning  with  language   learning  software), (advisor: Prof. Dr. Michael K. Legutke, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Germany), (graduation with highest honour).
  • Jan 2003 – Jun 2006: research assistant, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Oct  2002  –  Jun  2004:  postgraduate  studies,  English  Literature  and Linguistics,   Goethe  University,  Frankfurt,  Germany  (graduation  with distinction).
  • Oct 1998 – Jun 2002: teacher training studies, English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Psychology, Educational Sciences, first state examination,  teaching degree  for  secondary  schools,  Justus  Liebig University, Giessen, Germany (graduation with distinction).