Julia Ruck, PhD

Julia Ruck, PhD Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies
 Language Center Coordinator







Courses Taught at WVPU


  • Elementary German: Levels I & II
  • Intermediate German: Levels I & II
  • Advanced German: Levels I & II
  • Culture and Civilization of German-Speaking Countries
  • Keystone Seminar: Crossing Borders: Language and Power
  • Introduction to Linguistics


Background and Facts

Julia Ruck holds a Ph.D. in German Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in German as a Foreign/Second Language from the University of Vienna. Her research interests focus on sociocultural and discursive approaches to foreign-language teaching and learning, semiotics-based approaches to teaching language and culture through audiovisual texts, individual learner differences, and linguistic variation in German language-teaching. In her dissertation “Mindworld and Multimodality: The Complexity of L2 German Learners’ Individual Differences and their Engagement with Audiovisual Texts” she used a complex dynamic systems framework to explore how psychological and sociocultural learner background are related to elementary-level learners’ engagement with multimodal affordances in two genres of audiovisual texts. She has two current research projects, with the first investigating learners’ beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions on learning (about) language and culture through different genres of audiovisual texts and the second exploring issues of linguistic variation and diversity in German-language teaching and learning. 

Prior to joining WVPU, Julia Ruck taught German in the United States (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Russia (State Pedagogical University of Volgograd), Uruguay (Goethe Institut Uruguay), and Austria (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna).

Alongside her research and teaching activities, Ms. Ruck has been working in international German teacher education on behalf of the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (program “Kultur und Sprache”) and she is a member of the “DACHL Gremium” of the International German Teacher Association that promotes the collaboration among international political and professional stakeholders on issues of German language teaching and learning.


Selection of Recent Publications

  • with Naomi Shafer (Eds.) (2020, forthcoming). National Standards – Local Varieties: A Cross-linguistic Discussion on Regional Variation in Foreign Language Studies. Special Issue of Critical Multilingualism Studies
  • (2020, forthcoming). The Politics and Ideologies of Pluricentric German in L2 Teaching and Learning. accepted for publication in Special Issue of Critical Multilingualism Studies
  • (2020, forthcoming). Multilingualism and Affective Attitudes: The Sociocognitive Profiles of First-Year Learners of L2 German. Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 53(2).
  • (2020). Elementary-Level Learners’ Engagement with Multimodal Resources in Two Audiovisual Genres. The Language Learning Journal. https://doi.org/10.1080/09571736.2020.1752291 
  • (2019). Eine Frage der Perspektive? Einstellungen Lehrender zu ‚guten’ Deutsch als Fremd-/Zweitsprache Lehrenden. KDV Info 27(52/53). http://www.kdv.hr/images/kdv-info/KDV_52_53_prijelom_web_s.pdf 
  • (2017). Against All Standards: On Regional Variation in the German Language Classroom. Critical Multilingualism Studies, 5(1). https://cms.arizona.edu/index.php/multilingual/article/view/85/154 

Selection of Recent Conference Participation 

  • 08/2022 (accepted). Panel Co-Chair Sprachenlernen im universitären Kontext [Langugae Learning in Higher Education], XVII. International Congress for German Teachers (IDT) 2022, Vienna, Austria
  • 08/2021 (accepted). Sociocognitive approaches to L2 learners’ engagement with language and culture in audio-visual texts, World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • 11/2019. Understanding Austria: How to Teach Austrian Regional Varieties, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Convention, Washington, D.C.
  • 11/2018. Multilingual perspectives on audiovisual media, ACTFL Convention, New Orleans, LA
  • 10/2018. Eine Frage der Perspektive? Einstellungen Lernender und Lehrender zu „guten“ DaF-LehrerInnen, Annual Convention of the Croatian German Teacher Association (KDV), Vodice, Croatia invited keynote and workshop 
  • 11/2017. Authentic Film with Beginning Learners: Theory Meets Practice, ACTFL Convention, Nashville, TN, with Jeanne Schueller 
  • 07/2017. Panel Co-Chair Landeskunde/Kulturvermittlung, XVI. IDT, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 05/2017. Landeskunde und Kulturkonzepte im DaF-Unterricht: Wo stehen wir? Wohin gehen wir? Asociación Mexicana de Profesores de Alemán (AMPAL) Convention, Villahermosa, Mexico


For more information, please visit Julia Ruck’s Academia.edu profile.