M. Oesterle

Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe - Institute of Multilingualism - English Department

Bismarckstraße 10, 76137 Karlsruhe, Building III, Room 227, +49-721-9254227, mareike.oesterle@ph-karlsruhe.de


Areas of research

  • classroom observation (Video Enhanced Observation)
  • social interaction
  • mediated discourse analysis
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • mobile technologies in language teacher education
  • professionals in language teacher education

Current projects

  • proPIC project (Erasmus Plus, Key Action 2): September 2017 - September 2020
  • PedPack (Erasmus Plus, Key Action 2): November 2018 - October 2020


  • mobile technologies in language teacher education
  • CPD in language teacher education

Current research

Preliminary PhD title:

A professional transient community: an ethnographic case study in the field of language teacher education

Project affiliation: proPIC Project

Supervisor: Prof Dr Götz Schwab

This cumulative thesis focuses a professional transient community (Mortensen 2017) of 17 professionals, namely an international group of 17 teacher educators from the field of language teacher education, currently representing the consortium of an Erasmus+ project, the proPIC project.

Collecting multimodal data in course of the proPIC project, I intend understand how this transient, multilingual community is formed and developed, in course of a 3-year Erasmus+ project. To answer my research question I intend to approach it using Mediated Discourse Analysis (Scollon 2001; Scollon & Scollon 2004), further adopting elements of the Interactional Sociolinguistics Method (Gumperz 1991). This PhD is based on ethnographic fieldnotes, video and audio recordings of naturally occurring interactions in the context of the proPIC project, and semi-structured interviews conducted with all participating project members, as well as a choice of data collected through online communication channels (e.g. Slack).

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Mortensen, J. (2017). Transient Multilingual Communities as a Field of Investigation: Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 27/3: 271-288.
Scollon, R. (2001). Mediated Discourse: The nexus of practice. London, UK: Routledge.
Scollon, R. & Scollon (2004). Nexus analysis: Discourse and the emerging internet. New York, NW: Routledge.