University of Calgary

Roswita Dressler

  • Associate Professor

Currently Teaching


Dr. Dressler researches Second Language Teaching and Learning. She holds an MA in German and a PhD in Education. 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:

  • “Reflective Writing for Sojourn Preparation, Reflection, Debriefing and Beyond” Dr. Roswita Dressler (PI), Dr. Colleen Kawalilak 
    • Insight Development Grant ($44 907) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada 2020-22
    • 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
    • Werklund School of Education Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant ($6 500) 2018-19
  • “Intensive German Weeks for Bilingual Education: Investigating Practices for Oral Language Development” Dr. Roswita Dressler (PI), Dr. Katherine Mueller
    • University Research Grant Committee (URGC) ($2 500) Partnership Engage Seed Grant 2021-2
    • 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
  • “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 holds membership in:

  • Canadian Society for Studies in Education
  • American Educational Researchers Association
  • Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language
  • Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics
  • Canadian Association of University Teachers of German
  • Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (lifetime member)
  • Association Canadian des Professeurs d’Immersion

Selected Publications


Arthur, N., Becker, S., Dressler, R., Crossman, K., Kawalilak, C. (2020). Pre-service teachers and study abroad experiences: Don't forget about them when they come home. Teaching and Teacher Education, 89. Advance online publication.doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2019.102979

De Silva, N., Roy, S., Dressler, R., & Mueller, K. (2020). Pre-service teachers reflect on their journey to becoming French Immersion teachers: Looking back and thinking forward. Réflexions<"MsoNormal" style"font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; text-indent: -36pt;">, 39(1), 17-19, Retrieved from

Dressler, R., & Lohmann, S. (2020). Refugee education in Germany: A document analysis.<span "MsoNormal" style; font-size: 11pt; text-indent: -36pt;"> University of Calgary.

Dressler, R. & Mueller, K. (2020). Strategies for purposeful oral language use in the second language classroom. >Réflexions, 39(2), 15-17. Retrieved from

Dressler, R., Raedler, B., Dimitrov, K., Dressler, A., & Krause, G. (2020). Project-based learning in the advanced German class. In G. Beckett & T. Slater Global Perspectives on Project-Based Language Learning, Teaching, and Assessment: Key Approaches, Technology Tools, and Frameworks (pp. 69-84). London: Routledge.

Eaton, S. E., & Dressler, R. (2020). Multilingual essay mills: The need for research beyond English language commercial providers. In T. Bretag (Ed.), A Research Agenda for Academic Integrity. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Gereluk, D., Dressler, R., Eaton, S. E., & Becker, S. (2020). “Growing our own teachers”: Rural individuals becoming certified teachers. In M. Corbett, & D. Gereluk (Eds.), Rural teacher education: Connecting land and people. Toronto: Springer.

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


2020                    Virtual Exchange Grant, University of Calgary International ($8 995)


2020                    Robert Roy Award, Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers

2019                    German Academic Exchange Agency Short-term Research Stay Scholarship (€2000)

2017                    Goethe Institute Toronto Travel Award ($200)

2015                    International Symposium on Bilingualism Travel Award (USD$250)

2013                    German-Canadian Doctoral Dissertation Prize ($1 500)

2013                    Goethe Institute Toronto Scholarship (€ 2 000)

2009-2012          Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (3yrs x $35000/year)

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