Foreign and Second Language Education
Nils joined the University of Oulu in August 2021 after six years at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA. He received his teaching degree for English, Social Studies, and German as a Foreign Language/Intercultural Pedagogy (2008/2009) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, and Dr. phil. in applied linguistics and language pedagogy (2015) from the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.
Nils’ main research interests are foreign and second language learning with particular emphasis on early foreign language learning, content and language integrated learning, multilingualism in education, and the self-efficacy of language teachers and learners. His long-term goal is to support the continuous development of language education through rigorous, evidence-based research that identifies universal and context-specific factors in language teaching. Nils’ research has received international recognition for his article From Early Starters to Late Finishers? A Longitudinal Study of Early Foreign Language Learning in School, the Outstanding Article of the Year Award from the journal Language Learning in 2017, and the annual Research Article Award by the American Association of Applied Linguistics in 2019.
- Foreign and Second Language Education; Early Foreign Language Learning; Content and Language Integrated Learning; Mulitlingualism in (lanugage) Education