PhD in English Studies with focus on applied linguistics at the University of Innsbruck. Thesis (completed 2014): Metalinguistic Abilities in Young Language Learners. A longitudinal study on the development of metalinguistic abilities and executive function in early foreign language learners (children enrolled in bilingual or English-immersion preschools) vs. in children in monolingual preschools. 
This doctoral dissertation was based on The MAYLL study (supported by funding from the Tiroler Wissenschaftsfonds TWF), which followed the linguistic and cognitive development of over 100 children aged 3-5 in Germany and Austria over a period of 2-3 years


Selected Publications

gombosMehrsprachige Entwicklung - Was sagt die Forschung? (2013) Allgäuer-Hackl, Elisabeth; Oberhofer, Kathrin; Jessner, Ulrike. In: Gombos, Georg (Hg.) Mehrsprachigkeit grenzüberschreitend. Modelle, Konzepte, Erfahrungen. Klagenfurt/Celovec: Drava. 68-87.


Selected Presentations, Lectures, and Workshops

May 2015
ISB10 International Symposium on Bilingualism
(Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA)
Conference talk on “Metalinguistic abilities and executive function in young foreign language learners: preschoolers in FL immersion may benefit more strongly from repeated testing than monolinguals”

November 2013 – May 2014
“Mehrsprachig. Was soll’s?!” (Landeck, Innsbruck)
Three one-day in-service training workshops on multilingualism in children for kindergarten and preschool staff, hosted by the Tyrolean Department of Education and by the city of Innsbruck

June 2013
5th AILA-Europe Junior Research Meeting in Applied Linguistics (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland) Conference talk on “The MAYLL Project: Metalinguistic Awareness in Young Language Learners”

September 2012
Eighth International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism (Castelló de la Plana, Spain) Conference talk “Foreign Language Attrition and Multilingual Awareness”
(with Ulrike Jessner, Manon Megens, Valentina Pittracher-Terek)

November 2010
Second Nötsch Symposium on "Multilingualism in Kindergarten and School" (Nötsch im Gailtal, Austria) Invited plenary “Dreisprachige Entwicklung: Was sagt die Forschung?” (with Elisabeth Allgäuer-Hackl)

September 2010
Seventh International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism
(Warsaw, Poland) Conference talk “Looking at metalinguistic awareness in children – Do we need to go further?”

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