University of Calgary

Roswita Dressler

  • Director Teaching Across Borders
  • Assistant Professor


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 as an Instructor, she worked as a sessional instructor in German and Education.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Dressler’s research focuses on teaching and learning in a variety of contexts. Her K-12 research looks at Canada’s bilingual programs in international languages. Her higher education work examines the informal learning of students on study abroad and the formal learning of rural and remote students through online instruction.

Current Projects:

  •  “Exploring Responses to Refugee Education: The Case of German Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers” Dr. Roswita Dressler (PI) Research Across Borders: Research Fellowship Outbound ($4000), Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.
  • “Examining Educational Responses to Diversity: A Comparative Case Study Between Canada and Brazil.” David Scott (PI), Roswita Dressler, Dianne Gereluk, Wilson Alves de Paiva, Petronilha e Silva, Aldimar Jacinto Duarte, International Research Seed Grant ($10000), Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.
  • “Reflective Writing for Sojourn Preparation and Debriefing” Dr. Roswita Dressler (PI), with Dr. Colleen Kawalilak and Dr. Nancy Arthur, Research Collaboration Grant ($4977), Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.
  •  “Investigation of Students’ Receptivity and Use of Formative Feedback in Online Graduate Research Courses” Dr. Roswita Dressler (PI), Man-Wai Chu, co-applicant, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant ($9918), Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.
  • “Building a Robust Online Teacher Education Program” co-applicant with Dr. Dianne Gereluk (PI) and Dr. Sarah Eaton, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant ($10 000), Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.

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 serves as Secretary to the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German. She holds membership in a number of other professional organizations.


Dressler, R. (in press). Canadian Bilingual Program teachers’ understanding of immersion pedagogy. Canadian Modern Language Review.

 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 19(2), 22-43.

 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.

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

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

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


  • 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

Media Work

Photograph of Roswita Dressler


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