Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures


Grit Alter

University of Innsbruck

Contact: grit.alter@uibk.ac.at

Grit Alter


I studied English and Philosophy to receive a teaching degree for secondary schools from Greifswald University, Germany, in 2007. After my practical training at a secondary school in Greifswald (2007-2009), I worked at several universities in Germany (Hildesheim, Mainz, Münster, 2009-2015) and received my PhD from the University of Münster in 2014. My dissertation was published under the title Inter- and Transcultural Learning in the Context of Canadian Young Adult Fiction at LIT publishing house in 2015. I currently hold a PostDoc position at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and work on my habilitation in which I investigate differentiation as a concept to teach heterogenous classes and analyze how it is implemented in teaching material and English lessons in Germany and Austria. My research interests include inter- and transcultural learning, teaching (children’s and young adult) literature, media in English language teaching, textbook research, and TEFL methodology. I have been a board member of the DGFF (German Association of Foreign Language Research) since 2013 and of the Canadian Studies Centre at Innsbruck University since 2015.

In March 2011 I was awarded with the Graduate Student Scholarship by the International Council for Canadian Studies, which allowed me to conduct research in Canada. I visited the Centre for the Research of Young Peoples' Texts and Cultures at the University of Winnipeg, the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta, and the Canadian Children's Book Centre in Toronto to work on my PhD project, and interviewed writers and children's book editors as well as publishers in Saskatoon and Regina.

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