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Claudia Riemer (born 1965 in Aalen, Württemberg) has been Professor for German as a Foreign and Second Language at the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies since 2002. After graduating in German as a Foreign Language, German Studies and Sociology (in 1991), she received her PhD in German as a Foreign Language in 1996 at Bielefeld University. She undertook postdoctoral research at the Central Institute of Foreign Languages (Zentrales Fremdspracheninstitut) at the University of Hamburg, where she also finished her post-doctoral habilitation.
Claudia Riemer's research interests focus on applied linguistics (Sprachlehr- und -lernforschung), second language acquisition, principles of teaching German as a foreign and second language and research methodologies of empirical foreign language studies. In 1999 she was awarded the „Göttinger Preis für Fremdsprachenerwerbsforschung“ (an award of the University of Göttingen in the field of foreign language acquisition research). Amongst others, Claudia Riemer is the scientific head of the project MIKI (a survey on Bielefeld´s preschool language training for children with migrant background) and the project „Förderunterricht für Schülerinnen und Schüler nicht deutscher Herkunftssprache“(remedial teaching for pupils whose first language is not German). She is member of Goethe Institute's Advisory Board “Language”.
Since 2002 Claudia Riemer has taken an active part in the academic self-administration of Bielefeld University on both department and university level. She has been Vice-Rector for Studies and Teaching since 2009.
Claudia Riemer's homepage at the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies (in German).
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