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Dr Julia Hüttner  PhD, MA, MSc

Associate Professor

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Dr Julia Hüttner is an Associate Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton.

I joined the staff of Modern Languages in 2009 and am currently Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics. My research addresses the learning and teaching of English in instructed settings. Within this large area, I have two focuses: educational approaches where English is used as a medium of instruction, both at school and at university level, and teacher cognition. At Southampton, I teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Applied Linguistics and supervise PhD students in my areas of research interest.

I am co-editor of the Language Learning Journal , member of the AILA Research Network on CLIL and reviewer for journals, publishers and grant bodies.

Before coming to Southampton, I worked as a researcher at the Department of English of the University of Vienna and as a language teacher (at schools and universities). I obtained my degrees at the University of Vienna (MA and PhD) and at the University of Edinburgh (MSc).

Research interests

My research focuses on foreign language learning and teaching and addresses two major areas:

Firstly, CLIL (Content-and-Language-Integrated-Learning) and EMI (English-Medium-Instruction), where a lot of my research focuses on classroom interactions. Two projects I am currently involved in address the role of English as a disciplinary language in these educational programmes. You can read a bit more about one of these projects here

Secondly, I research teacher cognition and teacher development. A more practical outcome of this is a free digital resource for teacher educators, the VELTE website . On this site, teacher educators and student teachers can find video recordings of full-length lessons plus suggestions for tasks for teacher learning based on them.

In the past, I have also looked at genre use and at EFL classroom interactions - interests still close to my heart.




“On the implementation of the new CLIL requirements for Austrian HTLs. Question development for quality assessment and case studies on classroom practices” (2015-17),

Funding: BMBF Austrian Ministry of Education and Women

Principal Investigator: Ute Smit


“Internationalization of Higher Education in Bilingual Degrees: Analysis of the Linguistic, Cultural and Academic Challenges” (2014-16) (

Funding: MINECO (The Spanish Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness)

Principal Investigator: Emma Dafouz


“Without English this is just not possible…”: studies of language policy and practice in international universities from Europe and Asia

Principal Investigators: Will Baker and Julia Huettner

Funding: Adventures in Research, University of Southampton, 2014-15


“Learning disciplinary language through CLIL” (2013-15)

Funding: BMUKK Austrian Ministry of Education, Art and Culture

Principal Investigators: Julia Huettner and Ute Smit


Teacher Education

“VELTE - Development of classroom video resource material for students of English Language Teaching and language teacher educators” (

Principal Investigator: Julia Huettner

Funding: HEA Higher Education Academy

My teaching interests focus on pedagogy and spoken language, and I have developed several modules in that area. I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

This year, I am teaching

LING 6012: Critical Analysis of Language Teaching Methodologies

LING 6010: Language Teacher Education

LING 6042: English Medium Instruction in a Global Context

LING 3004: Exploring Talk


I currently supervise 11 MPhil/PhD students.

From February 2016 on I will be the Coordinator of Postgraduate Research Students for Modern Languages.

I am part of the MOOC on Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching



Dr Julia Hüttner
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

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