Michael Hager

Associate Professor of German

Contact info


University of Toronto
Odette Hall 324
50 St. Joseph Street
Toronto, ON M5S 1J4

Phone 416-926-2325
Fax: 416-926-2329
Secretary: 416-926-2324

Office Hours


Classes 2016-17



Dr. Phil. Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin 1988

Michael Hager is uniquely qualified because of his professional background in Second Language Acquisition and because of his work experience in the German business world. He lived and worked in Berlin for 20 years and completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Applied German Linguistics at the Free University of Berlin. He also worked 14 years at Siemens AG in Berlin teaching English and German as a Second Language. Currently he is responsible for Business German in the German Department at the University of Toronto.


Hager, Michael and Ulrike Brisson. 2006. Deutsch im Alltag. Toronto: Thomson.

Hager, Michael. 2003. Deutsch im Berufsalltag, Boston: Thomson.

Hager, Michael. 1994. Target Fluency. Portland, OR: Metamorphous Press.


Hager, Michael. 2007. "Teaching Intercultural Competence in Beginning German." Forum Deutsch, 18-23.

Hager, Michael. 2005. "Using German Web Sites to Teach Culture in German Courses." CALICO Journal 22/2, 269-284.

Hager, Michael. 2004. Using geography in a story-based approach in the beginning classroom. Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 37/2: 165-169.


Hager, Michael, Peter Kozar and Lara Pehar. 2006. Deutsch im Berufsalltag. Toronto: Thomson (accompanying material to textbook).