Lisa Lackner

Course Instructor


My name is Lisa Lackner and I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Languages and Literacies program (LLE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). My research focuses on language policy, second language learning and plurilingualism. In my work, I am also engaging with theoretical perspectives that bring together language and race. I was awarded the Connaught International Scholarship in 2020 and the Mary H. Beatty Fellowship for the academic year of 2022/23.

Before my studies at the University of Toronto, I spent many years working as a middle school teacher. To better understand my practice and experience as a teacher at school, I began studying German as a second/foreign language at the University of Vienna. For my MA thesis, I investigated teachers’ perspectives on second language policy, and I received my MA degree from the University of Vienna in 2018.

In the classroom, I am striving to provide an engaging and supportive environment for students. Embracing the complex and dynamic characteristics of language not only shapes my own understanding of language teaching but also my lesson planning. When I am not in the classroom teaching or researching, I enjoy reading, yoga and excellent (Viennese!) coffee!

Office Hours

Tue & Thur 5-6pm online and in-person at the German Department

Classes 2021-22