Prof. Dr. Torben Schmidt



Prof. Dr. Torben Schmidt is Professor (Juniorprofessor) 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 


  • since Apr 2011: Prof. (Jun.-Prof.) of English Didactics at Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • since  Sep  2009:  member,  educational  board,  EFL  Journal  "Praxis Englisch”
  • Dec 2008 – Mar 2011: associate, Giessen International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)
  • since Oct  2008:  member,  scientific  advisory  board,  "The  English
  • Academy"
  • since  May  2007:  postdoctoral  research  project  (Habilitation),  topic: "Fostering   oral   skills   through   the   use   of   participatory   Web   2.0 technologies in the project-based EFL  Classroom ", (advisor: Prof. Dr. Michael K. Legutke, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Germany)
  • 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)
  • Oct 1997 – Sep 1998: civilian service at the Verein für Rasenspiele 1919, Limburg, Germany
  • Aug 1998 – Jul 1998: School-leaving certificate 'Abitur', Tilemannschule- Gymnasium, Limburg, Germany

Fellowships and Awards


    • Oct 2008 – Mar 2011: Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Association of InterdisciplinaryResearch in the Field of Cultural Techniques and their Medialisation, funded by the Ministry of Science and Art, Federal State of Hesse, Germany
    • Oct 2007 – Dec 2007: Junior Research Fellow at the InternationalGraduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, Member of the Graduate Centre
    • Oct 2007: Hans Eberhard Piepho Price 2007 for the dissertation thesis
    • Jul 2004 – Jun 2006: Doctoral Fellowship, Centre of Teacher Educationand Educational Research (ZLF), Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
    • Oct 2004: Runner Up, Competition Best School Lesson 2004 in Germany, Award established by 'Teachers Online' and the German Ministry of Science and Education
    • Mar 2003: Runner Up, Competition "Die Klasse Lösung" (Designing a concept for the integration of computers in the foreign language classroom), Educational Fare, Nurenberg

    Current professional and academic associations memberships

    • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fremdsprachenforschung / German Society for Foreign Language Research
    • Englisch und Mehrsprachigkeit, English and Multilingualism (German Association)
    • International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)