Roswita Dressler

Roswita Dressler



Associate Professor

Werklund School of Education, Specialization, Language and Literacy


Associate Dean - International

Werklund School of Education

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.220.6641


Office: EDT336


Educational Background

Ph.D. Education: Second Language Teaching, The University of Calgary, 2012

Master of Arts German, The University of Calgary, 2008

Bachelor of Education German, French, University of Alberta, 1989


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.

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.


Areas of Research

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Dressler’s research focuses on pre-service and in-service teacher understandings of second language teaching and learning. As teachers and future teachers in K-12 contexts explore what it means to be a second language teacher or teacher of multilingual students, they develop linguistic proficiency, sociolinguistic competency, and pedagogical content knowledge. Some ways in which they do so involve professional learning, engaging with technology or social media, or through study abroad. Using educational linguistics as a lens, my research engages with teachers and future teachers in those contexts.

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

Participation in university strategic initiatives



Dressler & Scott (2023-25).“By Learners for learners: Level-appropriate children's literature for bilingual German primary education” Taylor Institute Innovation and Development Grant 

Kaya, Dressler & Lenters (2023-25) “Conceptualizing teachers’ intercultural learning for social action”. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant

Kaya, Dressler & Lenters (2022-23)  “Critical literacy in action: supporting pre-service teachers to promote social justice and inclusion of Black Africans”. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Partnership Engage Grant

Dressler & Kawalilak (2020-22) “Teachers Reflecting Upon Study Abroad Sojourns”       
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Development Grant


  • Teaching Award in Online and Blended Environments, University of Calgary. 2022
  • Online Teaching Excellence Award , Werklund School of Education. 2021
  • Robert Roy Award, Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers. 2020
  • Distinguished Graduate Supervision, Werklund School of Education. 2023


  • Improving second language education through intensive German weeks: An action research collaboration between teachers and researchers. Mueller, K., Dressler, R., Dressler, A., Moeller, F., Ronnellenfitsch, T. . Collaborative research in language education: Reciprocal benefits and challenges. 29-40. (2023)
  • The experience of pre-service language teachers learning an additional language through study abroad. Dressler, R, & Kawalilak, C.. Language teachers studying abroad: Identities, emotions and disruptions. 100-110. (2022)
  • Implementing longitudinal, reflective follow-up study abroad research: Following former pre-service teachers into professional practice. Dressler, R., Kawalilak, C., Crossman, K., Becker, S. . Designing second language study abroad research: Critical reflections on methods and data . 273-286. (2022)

More Information

Completed Supervision

Jean Kaya, UCalgary Eyes High Postdoctoral scholar (Sept 2021- June 2023), now Assistant Professor, University of Windsor

Yue Ma, PhD, June 2023 “Families with Emergent Bilinguals of English and Chinese: A Case Study of Family Language Policy in China”

Maya Daniel, EdD, June 2022 “Classroom Interrupted: Understanding Investment Through Action Research in the Time of COVID-19”, winner of the 2023 Canadian Association of Action Research in Education Outstanding Dissertation Award (CAARE),

Christina White Prosser, EdD, June 2021 “Perspectives on Correctional Education: Engaging the Voices of Instructors and Incarcerated Students”, winner of the 2021 Graduate Student Research Award of the Canadian Association of Universities Continuing Education (CAUCE),

Philipp Reichert, EdD, June 2020 “Internationalization & Career-focused Programming for International Students: A Qualitative Study of Universities in Canada”, winner of the 2021 Harold Josephson Award for Professional Promise in International Education from Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA),

Program for Undergraduate Research Award

Arianna Mamer, Summer 2022

Jeanne Liendo, Summer 2021

Lisa Anderson, Summer 2019

Janessa Bretner, Summer 2018

Werklund Undergraduate Research Award

Kevin Dang, Summer 2022

Nancy Liu, Summer 2020