Jennifer Fink

E-Mail: jennifer.fink(at)unileoben.ac.at

I came to Austria in 1991 to complete my German studies at the University of Graz, with the intention of returning to New York to find a job and apply my newly-acquired German skills. Years later, I’m still here, with extensive ESL teaching experience under my belt. What is my approach? Benjamin Franklin said it best:  “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I (may) remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Desiree Fuchsbichler

E-Mail: desiree.fuchsbichler(at)unileoben.ac.at

My goal is to spark students' enthusiasm for English by creating a learning atmosphere that is engaging, communicative and relevant. In our courses, we not only explore the language itself, but also the culture behind the words and phrases to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of what makes English tick. This, combined with an interactive hands-on approach to English learning, creates a dynamic environment that promotes flexibility and boosts students' confidence in using the language in real-world situations.

Petra Maria Kletzenbauer

E-Mail: petra-maria.kletzenbauer(at)unileoben.ac.at
I teach because there is an excitement and joy and suspense in the journey. – Rebecca Alber

Teaching at tertiary level has been a central part of my development as an academic. I believe that effective teaching begins with a growth mindset claiming that people’s abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. Having this in mind as a teacher, I believe that effective teaching begins with putting students at the centre of the lesson planning process.  The aims of my classes are generally threefold:

  •     to promote positive learning
  •     to spark learner enthusiasm for language learning
  •     and to motivate learners to see that language learning is fun

Elfriede Lubensky-Marchler

E-Mail: elfriede.lubensky-marchler(at)unileoben.ac.at

The emphasis of my courses is on increasing students´ability in English to a higher level to help them achieve their professional, academic or personal goals. All courses focus on improving all four language skills by using a wide range of up-to-date materials. Variety is part of any successful language learning process and the large variety of tasks and approaches will keep students´ interest alive and motivate them to increase their active vocabulary, help them to understand and use idiomatic language and support them in developing independent learning styles.

Leonore Peer

E-Mail: leonore.peer(at)unileoben.ac.at

In modern academic and professional life, we are expected to engage in international discourse and suceed in various situations. As a teacher, I attempt to act as a facilitator and thus enhace the students' language in context and create meaningful learning situations which enable the students to use their aquired knowledge in real life. I try to help my students build upon their prior knowledge and develop the skills they are going to need at university or in their workplace.
Language learning occurs in a social context; learning in a group is very effective and can be great fun!

Dominic Welsh

E-Mail: dominic.welsh(at)unileoben.ac.at

As a Brit and an Austrian, people often ask me which language I speak better: English or German? But that is not decisive, because my teaching assignment, now here at the ZSBK since 2009, is English for Engineering and scientific work! The differences in meaning between the technical languages and the everyday idiom often pose communication hurdles. Overcoming these hurdles through clear explanations of technical terms, "flipped classroom" and case studies are the basis of my didactic concept.

Mathew Rayment

E-Mail: mathew-paul.rayment(at)unileoben.ac.at

Having studied Business and Finance and then Law, I worked for a leading EFL school in London for 16 years before starting my own Teacher Training company. Travelling the world, meeting different cultures, and falling in love with Graz brought me to Austria and to teaching English.

 At heart I am a people person, and as a Teacher I get to not only meet the widest range of fascinating people, but, through language training, improve their ability to communicate, exchange ideas, and to connect with an alternative perspective.


Martina Reisinger

E-Mail: martina.reisinger(at)unileoben.ac.at

Toutes les langues sont belles pour ceux qui les parlent. (Jean-Marie Adiaffi)

Awakening joy and interest in foreign languages and motivating people to "keep at it" - this is what I see as my main task as a teacher. Successful communication in a professional and private environment should always be an inspiring goal and challenge.

Sorprenderse, extrañarse, es comenzar a entender. (José Ortega y Gasset)


Inmaculada Ucles-Cordoba

E-Mail: inmaculada.ucles-cordoba(at)unileoben.ac.at

What I want to offer to my students is learning the Spanish language in a purposeful and authentic way and getting to know the beauty of the language as well as the great, interesting and enormous diversity of Spain and Latin America.

¡Vamos a la aventura!

Francisco Uclés Sánchez

E-Mail: francisco.ucles-sanchez(at)unileoben.ac.at

As a person with a lot of passion for teaching, I think that every moment of teaching should be perceived as a unique and unrepeatable experience. How can we achieve this? By trying to surprise our learners. I believe that nowadays a foreign language teacher has no excuses to teach badly: In the classroom, we have everything we need to do what Confucius (551 - 479 BC) said long ago:
"Tell me and I forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Having a wonderful family I enjoy spending time with them, at home, doing the little things. When I have time for my hobbies, I read or build airplane models although I spend much more time repairing than flying.


Galina Kotowsky

E-Mail: galina.kotowsky(at)unileoben.ac.at

I have been teaching languages for over ten years and already have a rich language teaching toolbox in my storerooms. If you want to get to know the Russian language and culture first hand, I will be happy to help you. My motto for language teaching is:

Make every lesson exciting, easy, purposeful and successful for the learners. 

Learning with me is fun and can also open up new and advantageous perspectives for you.

I am looking forward to meeting you!

 Я буду идти вместе с вами к вашему успеху!

Barbara Leeb

E-Mail: barbara.leeb(at)unileoben.ac.at

 Умом Россию не понять,                        „Russia cannot be understood with the mind alone,

 Аршином общим не измерить ..                no ordinary yardstick can span her greatness."                          
... (Фёдор Иванович Тютчев)                                                           (Fyodor Tyutchev)


Teaching Russian in such a way that students can effectively apply their language skills during a semester abroad or later in their careers is my main goal in teaching.

In teaching the language and intercultural skills, I also bring in my biographical affinity to Russia as well as current information from my interpreting work in the technical and economic field. Perhaps - following the words of the poet Tyutchev (1866) - one can never fully understand Russia, but together we will never tire of trying to do so! The ZSBK is an excellent platform for this.

German as a foreign language

Angela Krauhs

E-Mail: angela.krauhs(at)unileoben.ac.at

In my teaching, the focus is on developing communication skills with variety of creative teaching methods. Action-oriented learning enables students to use the language competently in authentic everyday situations. The frequent opportunities for using the newly acquired language skills in the German-speaking environment motivate students to quickly apply what they have already learned and to engage more intensively with the foreign language and its culture.

Ingrid Unterhauser

E-Mail: ingrid.unterhauser(at)unileoben.ac.at

My name is Ingrid Unterhauser and I have been teaching German as a foreign language for twelve years. It is important to me to respond to the needs of the participants in the course and that is why I put a lot of emphasis on speaking and oral communication. The lessons are communicative, learner-centred, varied and also fun!

I am very much looking forward to the coming semester!


Motivation. Self-organisation. Resilience.

Barbara Tolliner

E-Mail: barbara.tolliner(at)unileoben.ac.at
Homepage: https://www.barbaratolliner.at

Mobile: +43 6766757867


Consultation hour    
Psychological counsellor, family and learning counsellor, social pedagogue, author.

Additional info

I strengthen students and help them to use their potential and time in a targeted way to study with motivation and success.

With my knowledge and experience, I provide support in an encouraging, clear and structured way.

My motto
"You can do more than you think. You are more than you live."
Postal address
641 Languages, Education and Culture
8700 Leoben, Peter-Tunner-Straße 15/I (Centre for Languages, Education and Culture)

Rhetoric and Presentation

Tayo Oluyemi

Philosophy and Ethics

Markus Josef Plöbst

Transferable Skills

Norbert Berger

Ethics, Rhetoric/Public Speaking, Selfmanagement

My main interest is to support students in developing their personalities and skills to maximise their potentials. We can all cope with errors and learn from them: I am here to help. My current role here is to teach courses during the induction stage at Montanuniversität Leoben – and I’m loving it.

E-Mail: norbert.berger(at)unileoben.ac.at

Sigrid Maxl-Studler

Presenting & Visualising, Rhetoric/Public Speaking

E-Mail: sigrid.maxl-studler(at)unileoben.ac.at

Personal growth, meaningful activities and fun in doing are my companions when it comes to teaching work. I look forward not only to teaching content, but also to discovering hidden potential together and learning from each other.