Associate Professor of Foreign Language Education
Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
Ph.D. Graz University, 2004
Areas of Expertise
Developing Intercultural Competence in Education, First and Second Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Teaching Methods, Pragmatics, Intercultural Communication, Humor, Less Commonly Taught Languages, and Languages Across the Curriculum.
Manuela Wagner holds an M.A in English studies and Marketing and a Ph.D. in English studies with a specialization in linguistics from Graz University, Austria. During her graduate studies she spent 2 years in the baby lab of Psychophysics in the department of Neurophysiology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, and 3 years in the Department of Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include pragmatic development in first and second language acquisition, the development of intercultural competence and intercultural citizenship (Byram, 2008) in (world language) education, communicative development in special circumstances, and humor in education and across cultures. Manuela teaches courses in world language teaching theory and pedagogy, pragmatics, introduction to language and culture, as well as German language and culture. She enjoys collaborating with colleagues from different areas of specializations on integrating theory in practice.