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Dr Britta Schneider is a lecturer in the Student Academic Support Unit at Monash University. She provides cultural, professional and clinical language support to students on placement in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. She collaborates with academic and clinical staff to provide linguistic, clinical and academic communication programs for courses with a clinical or professional placement component. Britta also provides external consultations and training for working in multicultural educational and professional settings. Britta has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Monash University and a Masters in Translation Studies from the University of Siegen/Germany. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in the areas of applied linguistics at the University of Helsinki, Jyväskylä University, and Aalto University in Finland as well as Victoria University and Monash University in Australia.

Research interests

Dr Britta Schneider's current research interests are the use of English as an additional language in Higher Degree by Research contexts, the teaching and learning of clinical communication, in particular interactional features and socio-cultural effects on communication in the health services, and scaffolded learning of academic and professional communication skills in tertiary curricula design. She is involved in a number of research projects, including a joint Germany-Australia research cooperation funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) examining the current understandings of faculty and students about the role of language in the process of writing academic texts in an additional language.  Britta has also developed a strong interest in the link between Continental Philosophy and Education which assists her in understanding and framing current practices in higher education related to academic support of diverse student cohorts.

Supervision interests

Dr Britta Schneider has been supervising and examining research theses at Honours and Masters level in a range of areas: TESOL, Spanish and German as a Foreign Language, Mulilingualism and Translation.

In her role as Lecturer in Academic Language and Learning at Victoria Unviersity, Britta as delivered theory and writing circles for PhD students in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Education.


Research area keywords

  • Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Corpus-Informed Language Learning and Teaching; Intercultural Communication, Writing in English as an Additional Language, Academic Language and Learning, Educational Philosophy

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