University of Calgary

Roswita Dressler

  • Associate Professor

Currently Teaching


Dr. Dressler holds an MA in German and a PhD in Education, specializing in second language teaching. Previously she worked as a K-12 second language teacher of German and French in Alberta, Manitoba and BC. Prior to joining the Werklund School of Education, she worked as a sessional instructor in German and Education.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Dressler’s research focuses on second language teaching and learning in a variety of contexts. Her K-12 research looks at Canada’s bilingual programs in international languages and global competencies of teachers and students. Her higher education work examines the informal learning of students on study abroad.

Current Projects:

  • “Intensive German Weeks for Bilingual Education: Investigating Practices for Oral Language Development” Dr. Roswita Dressler (PI), Dr. Katherine Mueller
    • Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies (AACES) ($6 000) 2019-2021
  • "Exploring the Global Competence of Teachers and Students: The Impact of Diversity, Classroom Pedagogies, and Teacher Professional Learning" Project Lead: Roger Nippard (FFCA), Dr. Roswita Dressler (PI), Dr. Lynette Shultz
    • Alberta Education Partner Research Grant ($50 000) 2018-2021
  • “Reflective Writing for Sojourn Preparation, Reflection, and Debriefing” Dr. Roswita Dressler (PI), Dr. Colleen Kawalilak, and Dr. Nancy Arthur
    • Strategic Research Collaboration Grant ($4 977)  Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. 2015-16
    • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning ($25 751) Taylor Institute of Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary 2017-19
  • “Building Communities of Practice through Lego Serious Play: Pre-sojourn Preparation for Teaching Across Borders Country Groups” Dr. Roswita Dressler (PI), Dr. Colleen Kawalilak, and Mr. Michael Holden
    • Werklund School of Education Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant ($6 500) 2018-19
  • “Exploring Responses to Diversity: Pre-service Teacher Education in Germany, Canada and the USA” Dr. Roswita Dressler (PI)
    • International Collaborative Grant for New Researchers ($12 000) 2019-2020
    • Research Across Borders: Research Fellowship Outbound ($4000), Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary 2017


Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Dressler works with professional and community organizations in the area of second language teaching. She is a member of the Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language and provides training to community ESL teachers through the Cooperative ESL Ministries group in Calgary. She also served as Secretary to the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German. She holds membership in a number of other professional organizations.

Selected Publications

Dressler, R., Chu, M-W., Crossman, K., & Hilman, B. (2019). Quantity and quality of uptake: Examining surface and meaning-level feedback provided by peers and an instructor in a graduate research course. Assessing Writing, 39(1), 14-24, doi:10.1016/j.asw.2018.11.001

Dressler, R., & Dressler, A. (2019). The methodological affordances and challenges of using Facebook to research study abroad. Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education, 4(1), 126-144, doi:10.1075/sar.17017.dre  

Eaton, S. E., & Dressler, R. (2019). Multilingual essay mills: Implications for second language teaching and learning. Notos, 14(2), 4-14, Retrieved from

Scott, D., Kawalilak, C., Dressler, R., Paiva, W. (2019). Examining educational responses to diversity in Brazil. Comparative Education Review. 63(3),

Dressler, R. (2018). Canadian Bilingual Program teachers’ understanding of immersion pedagogy. Canadian Modern Language Review, 74(1), 176-195, doi:10.3138/cmlr.3407

Dressler, R., Becker, S., Kawalilak, C., & Arthur, N. (2018). The cross-cultural reflective model for post- sojourn debriefing. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 19(4), 490–504. doi:10.1080/14623943.2018.1530207 

Tweedie, M.G., & Dressler, R. (2018). Visual aids as response facilitators in dialogue journals. Language and Literacy. 20(2), 125-143. doi:10.20360/langandlit29182

Dressler, R., & Dressler, A. (2016). Linguistic identity positioning in Facebook posts during second-language study abroad: One teen’s language use, experience, and awareness. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Special Issue 19(2), 22-43. Retrieved from

 Dressler, R. (2016). Book review: Social networks in study abroad. Comparative and International Education Journal, 45(2), article 8. Available at:

Dressler, R., & Tweedie, G. (2016). Dialogue journals in short-term study abroad: ‘Today I wrote my mind’. TESOL Journal. Advance online publication, doi:10.1002/tesj.254

Brown, B., Dressler, R., Eaton, S.E., & Jacobsen, M. (2015). Practicing what we teach: Using action research to learn about teaching action research. Canadian Journal of Action Research, 16 (3) 60-77, Retrieved from

Dressler, R. (2015). Signgeist: Promoting bilingualism through the linguistic landscape of school signage.  International Journal of Multilingualism, 12(1), 128-145, doi:10.1080/14790718.2014.912282

Brown, B., Eaton, S., Dressler, R. & Jacobsen, M. "Professional Collaboration as Responsive Pedagogy" (2015). In Preciado Babb, P., Takeuchi, M., & Lock, J. (Eds.). Proceedings of the IDEAS: Designing Responsive Pedagogy Conference, pp. 101-108. Calgary, Canada: Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Retrieved from:

Eaton, S. E., Dressler, R., Gereluk, D. & Becker, S. (2015). A review of the literature on rural and remote pre-service teacher preparation with a focus on blended and e-learning models. Calgary: University of Calgary. Retrieved from

Dressler, R. (2014). Exploring linguistic identity in young multilingual learners. TESL Canada Journal 32(1), 42-52,


  • 2017 Staff Development Grant, UC International ($3 771)
  • 2017 Goethe Institute Toronto Travel Award ($200)


    2015 International Symposium on Bilingualism Travel Award
  • 2013 German-Canadian Doctoral Dissertation Prize
  • 2013 Goethe Institute Toronto Scholarship to attend the International German Teachers’ Conference, Bolzano, Italy
  • 2009-2012 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship

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