Roswita Dressler

Associate Professor

PhD - Second Language Teaching

University of Calgary, 2012

MA - German

University of Calgary, 2008

BEd - German, French

University of Alberta, 1989

Contact information


Main Campus : EDT1022

Research and Scholarly Activity

Research areas

  • Bilingual/second language education
  • Second language teaching and learning
  • Teacher education


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:

  • “Teachers Reflecting Upon Study Abroad Sojourns”       
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2020-22)
    Co-Investigator: Dr. Colleen Kawalilak
  • Fostering Oral Language Development in German Bilingual Education
    University Research Grant Committee (URGC) Partnership Engage Seed Grant
    “Digital Books for German-English Bilingual Schools: Building Capacity Through Knowledge Creation”
    Co-investigator: Katherine Mueller

  • “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 lifetime member of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers and provides training to community ESL teachers through the Cooperative ESL Ministries group in Calgary. She holds membership in a number of other professional organizations.


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.


  • Dressler, R. & Mueller, K. (2020). Strategies for purposeful oral language use in the second language classroom. Réflexions, 39(2), 15-17. Retrieved from
  • 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, 1-11. 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, 39(1), 17-19, Retrieved from
  • Dressler, R., & Lohmann, S. (2020). Refugee education in Germany: A document analysis. University of Calgary.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lock, J., Kjorlien, Y., Tweedie, G., Dressler, R., Eaton, S. E., & Spring, E. (2019). Advancing the writing of academics: Stories from the writing group. In N. Simmons & A. Singh (Eds.), Critical Collaboration Communities: Academic Writing Partnerships, Groups, and Retreats (pp. 55-65): Brill/Sense Publishers. doi: 10.1163/9789004410985_005
  • 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. Notos14(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 Perspectives19(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 Robert Roy Award, Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers - Recipient
  • 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