Prof. Dr. Christiane Lütge
Prof. Dr. Christiane Lütge holds the Chair for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and acts as the main leader and coordinator of the project, being responsible for monitoring all working and communication processes and managing the production of intellectual outputs.
Prof. Lütge is also the Director of the Munich Centre of Teacher Education (MZL), a central institution at the LMU for coordinating teacher education across all faculties, for establishing cooperations with local schools and teachers, and for implementing projects funded by the German Ministry of Education to improve the quality of teacher education and training.
Her expertise is exemplified through a range of international publications and conferences. Among others, she has published for Palgrave MacMillan, Bloomsbury, de Gruyter and Routledge (under contract). Important publications include the edited ‘Global Education in English Language Teaching’ (2015), ‘The Praxis of Diversity’ (2020, co-editorship), ‘Digital Teaching and Learning: Perspectives for English Language Education’ (in print), as well as several edited journals and journal contributions within her areas of expertise. She also hosted and organized two large-scale international conferences, including "Media Literacy in Foreign Language Education" in 2017, and "Educating the Global Citizen" in 2019.
Dr. Thorsten Merse
Thorsten Merse is a postdoctoral research associate at the Chair of TEFL, LMU Munich. In his research, he focuses on the implications of social change, cultural diversity and digital transformations on FLE. Hence, he will contribute his expertise in Global Education, LGBTIQ* issues, Cultural Learning and Digital Literacies so as to interweave these perspectives into the intellectual project outputs. His strength additionally lies in conceptual and theoretical research, thus adding a critical engagement with theoretical foundations to the project scope.
His involvement in several projects (e.g. ‘Lehrerbildung@LMU’ and Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern) brings expertise in task management into this project. Also, his networking skills will be valuable for bringing project partners together, which is mirrored in his coordination of a multi-disciplinary teacher education research unit at the LMU München.
Thorsten Merse acts as the Deputy coordinator of the DiCE.Lang project.
Benedikt Meininger has joined the DiCE.Lang project in February 2021. He holds/performs coordinating functions in the management of the project and is involved in monitoring tasks, budget issues and visibility strategies. Additionally, he will bring ecological perspectives as well as human rights and political participation matters to developing the project's intellectual outputs.
Benedikt Meininger is also a fully qualified teacher of English, History and Social Sciences for secondary schools.
In his PhD project he seeks to illuminate the interrelationship of emotional learning and foreign language learning. He is also a lecturer at the Chair of TEFL at LMU Munich.
Dr. Petra Rauschert
Dr. Petra Rauschert, senior lecturer at LMU, taught German and English at secondary schools for many years before she gained her PhD on “Intercultural Service Learning”, an approach that combines formal learning and civic engagement.
She founded the international Service Learning network "Weitblick – Students in Action e.V." (www.weitblick-action.de) and has received several awards for her projects and research.
Isabelle Thaler is a doctoral research associate at the chair of TEFL, LMU Munich. She was educated at the University of Cambridge where she attained the MPhil “Research in Second Language Education“. Before, she had studied English and French at the University of Regensburg to become a secondary school teacher. Her studies have been funded by several scholarships (including Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung, Cusanuswerk, DAAD).
In her PhD project, she adopts a collaborative autoethnographic approach to exploring and encouraging intercultural learning during short-term school exchanges – allowing for synergy between the project and her dissertation. Given her role as a politician, she has a keen interest in promoting citizenship education and active citizenship among young people.
Dr. Stefanie Fricke
Dr. Stefanie Fricke, senior lecturer at LMU, holds a PhD in English literature and combines years of experience teaching English literature and (popular) culture with training preservice teachers in TEFL.
She has also created digital teaching materials for the Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern.
Claudia Mustroph is a doctoral research associate at the Chair of TEFL, currently on maternity leave
In her research, she focuses on Digital Learning, Global Education and empirical approaches to literature
In particular, she will contribute her expertise in questionnaire design. Being involved in several projects (e.g. Global Peace Path and TEFL Lab), she brings substantial experience in task management to this project.