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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hallet



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Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Rabinstraße 8
53111 Bonn

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1 Academic CV



First State Exam in English and German


"Calibri, serif">Second State Exam, Teaching Degree for lower and upper secondary stage (Gymnasium)

1993 - 1997

Teacher Trainer for English in Trier, Germany (Gymnasium, lower and upper secondary stage)


PhD degree, University of Lueneburg

1997 - 2004

Head of Auguste Victoria Gymnasium Trier, Germany, Bilingual School, International School for Education of the Gifted

2004 - 2018

Professor of Teaching English – Language, Literature and Culture at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

2006 - 2017

Founding Member of the Executive Board of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Giessen (German Excellence Initiative) and Head of the GCSC Teaching Centre

2018 - 2022

Founding member of the Steering Committee of the national research cluster "Leistung macht Schule" ('excellence in school education') and head of the Teaching English as a Foreign Language project


Visiting Scholar


Saint Mary's University Halifax, Canada


Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA


2 Research Interests


Studying and teaching literature and culture

Literature and cognition

Literary competences

Cultural learning

Genre theory, social semiotics and genre learning

The multimodality of communication and multiliteracies

Complex tasks and talent development


Literary studies

Space in literary texts

Intermediality and a methodology of intermediality

Literature and culture, the contextualization of literary texts (methodology)

The multimodal novel


The Study of Culture

Cultural theory

Theories and concepts of space

Semiotic theories of culture

Culture and surveillance


3 Blog

Hallet's Language Learning Blog:


4 Recent and current PhD projects (first supervisor)


Silke Braselmann: Approaching the Inexplicable. The Fictional Dimension of the School Shooting Discourse. (2017). (Bonn University graduate; Deutscher Studienpreis of the Körber Foundation 2018)

Roger Dale Jones: Developing Video Game Literacy in the EFL Classroom. A Qualitative Analysis of 10th Grade Classroom Game Discourse. (2017)

Lei Huang: Communication between Chinese students and German university teachers in academic settings. (2018)

Gisela Mayr: Aufgabenorientierung und Mehrsprachigkeit. Eine unterrichtsempirische Studie zur Modellierung mehrsprachiger kommunikativer Kompetenz in der Sekundarstufe II. (2019)

Christine Zingerle: Literatur im fremdsprachlichen Englischunterricht aus Sicht der Lehrenden. Eine qualitativ-empirische Studie Südtiroler Englischlehrender. (2019)

Lisa Bach: Spatial Belonging. Approaching Aboriginal Australian Space in Contemporary Fiction (2020).

Ongoing (working titles)

Elena Eich: Komplexe Kompetenzaufgaben im Englischunterricht- Eine qualitative Längsschnittstudie zu Kompetenzentwicklungsprozessen bei Lernenden und Lehrenden.

Verena Fries: Begriffsbildung und die Entwicklung fremdsprachiger Diskursfähigkeit im bilingualen Sachfachunterricht.

Sarianna Kankkunen: Harassing Habitats. Experienced Space in Maarit Verronen's Prose Fiction.

Jan Simon Schäfer: Begabungserkennung und -förderung im aufgabenbasierten Englischunterricht.

Laura Schlichting: Authorship in Comics Journalism.

Nevena Stamenkovic: Mehrsprachiges Lernen im fremdsprachlichen Literaturunterricht.


5 Selected Recent Publications