Prof. Dr. Bernd Rüschoff

Biographical Information

Prof. Bernd Rüschoff studied English and Slavonic Languages at the University of Münster (Germany). He continued his studies at the University of Alberta (Canada) and at the University of London, where he obtained a PhD in Linguistics. Since then, his research focus has been in applied linguistics and second language acquisition as well as Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL). He has a long track record in international projects, both EU and Council of Europe. On behalf of AILA, he is a member of the Professional Network Forum, a think tank at the CoE’s European Centre for Modern Languages – ECML – in Graz.

From 1993 to 1998 he held a professorship in Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) at the Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe, where his research focused on aspects of second language acquisition and TELL exploitation based on cognitive-constructivist approaches. Currently, Prof. Dr. Rüschoff is chair and head of the Applied Linguistics & EFL-Methodology section of the Dept. of Anglophone Studies at the University of Duisburg and Essen.

Prof. Rüschoff is a former President of AILA – the International Association for Applied Linguistics and  of GAL – the German Association for Applied Linguistics. He also is a past-president of EUROCALL – the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning.

Areas of Teaching and Research

During his early academic career, he was involved in developing and organizing language learning programmes for in-company training and vocational language programmes at university level.

Furthermore, he has wide experience in developing technology enhanced learning systems. Over the past decades he has participated in a number of projects dealing with the development and assessment of such systems and multi-media resources for language learning as well as the integration of Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) into language learning.

He has been involved in a number of European projects (LINGUA, TEMPUS as well as SOCRATES and LEONARDO) and contributed to various Council of Europe activities, e.g. as a director of studies in Modern Languages ‘New Style’ workshops. Most recently, his research and development has been focussed on aspects of e-learning and virtual learning platforms for applied linguistics as well as the use of authoring tools for language learning.