Sascha Stollhans

Senior Teaching Associate in German Studies


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • German Language Convenor (Part I, second year intensive, and final year)
  • International Placement Year Tutor for German
  • Schools Engagement and Outreach Lead
  • Communications, Web and Social Media Lead
  • Member of the departmental EDI (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) Committee
  • Academic Director of the Global Summer School "International Cultural Experience"

Academic interests:

  • Germanic and Romance languages and linguistics, in particular German, English and French
  • Second language acquisition
  • Innovations in language teaching and learning, e.g. technology-enhanced learning, gamification, online assessment and feedback
  • Translation practice, in particular translation software and machine translation
  • Linguistic variation and 'non-standard' language (e.g. in language education and online communication)
  • Language, gender and sexuality (e.g. gender and LGBTQ+ representation in language learning materials)
  • Educational policy, the role of languages in curricula and policy-making

I am currently co-leading the German strand of the national 'Linguistics in Modern Foreign Languages' project, alongside Dr Anna Havinga (Bristol). The project, led by Prof. Michelle Sheehan (Anglia Ruskin), assesses the potential for the inclusion of linguistics in the Secondary Education MFL curriculum.

I am very interested in cross-sector work to promote language learning in the UK. Dr Elena Polisca and I have led a project funded by the "Language Acts and Worldmaking" strand of the AHRC Open World Research Initiative, which explored transitions and collaborations between different education sectors, and culminated in a national conference.

In 2017, I organised a public exhibition and a workshop for academics and school teachers under the heading "The World of Language, Languages of the World", funded by the ESRC as part of its Festival of Social Science. Recent media contributions include an appearance on the Language Revolution Podcast to discuss language policy and transitions in language education, an interview with LBC Radio about language teaching and learning in the UK and in Europe, an article in The Conversation about languages in the British education systems, and an interview with The Guardian for an article about the German education system.

Linguistic variation in language learning classrooms: considering the role of regional variation and ‘non-standard’ varieties
Stollhans, S. 1/12/2020 MEITS
Working paper

The Language Revolution Podcast, Episode 19: Why study languages at university?
Stollhans, S., Hamilton, C. 6/09/2020
Digital or Visual Products

Podcast "Digital Education Practices: What works?", Episode 5: Personal connections: how audiovisual feedback increases students’ understanding
Hosseini, D., Stollhans, S. 11/05/2020
Digital or Visual Products

Designing escape game activities for language classes
Stollhans, S. 20/04/2020 In: Innovative language teaching and learning at university. Dublin : p. 27-32. 6 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Contribution to episode 8 of the #MFLtwitterati Podcast: Celebrating the voices of the modern language teaching community
Dale, J., Geisel, N., Stollhans, S. 24/08/2019
Digital or Visual Products

English is not enough – British children face major disadvantage when it comes to language skills
Stollhans, S., Speicher, O. 25/02/2019
Other contribution

Ask a linguist: "Is English the only European language to have tag questions?"
Stollhans, S. 11/2017 Babel: The Language Magazine, p. 15.

The perfect tense
Stollhans, S., Krauß, S., Partridge, J. 11/2017
Other contribution

Parliament Square, Royal Exchange Theatre, reviewed by Sascha Stollhans
Stollhans, S. 1/10/2017 The Manchester Review
Book/Film/Article review

Ask a linguist: "Are there constructions that are grammatically describable in different ways? How absolute are the categories of grammar?"
Stollhans, S. 08/2017 Babel: The Language Magazine, p. 29. 1 p.

Learning by teaching: developing transferable skills
Stollhans, S. 25/06/2016 In: Employability for languages. Dublin : p. 161-164. 4 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Innovative language teaching and learning at university: enhancing participation and collaboration
Goria, C., Speicher, O., Stollhans, S. 24/01/2016 Dublin : 163 p. ISBN: 9781908416315. Electronic ISBN: 9781908416322, 9781908416339.

“Innovative language teaching and learning at university: enhancing participation and collaboration”: an introduction
Goria, C., Speicher, O., Stollhans, S. 24/01/2016 In: Innovative language teaching and learning at university: enhancing participation and collaboration. Dublin : p. 1-4. 4 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Feedback on feedback – does it work?
Speicher, O., Stollhans, S. 2/12/2015 In: Critical CALL – Proceedings of the 2015 EUROCALL Conference, Padova, Italy. Dublin : p. 507-511. 5 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The e-learning tool Voxopop and its benefits on oral skills: activities for final year students of German
Stollhans, S. 15/01/2015 In: 10 years of the LLAS elearning symposium. Dublin : p. 185-192. 8 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

„Ich bin dann mal Deutsch lernen!“: Der Absentiv im DaF-Unterricht
Stollhans, S. 2015 In: German as a foreign language. 2015, 1, p. 44-71.
Journal article

Diktat einmal anders: Die Dictogloss-Methode als Form des Kollaborativen Dialogs
Stollhans, S. 2014 In: Forum Deutsch: Unterrichtsforum. 22, 1, p. 1-6.
Journal article

Ich trinke gerne *die Tee: Der Nullartikel aus der Perspektive französischsprachiger Deutschlerner unter besonderer Berücksichtigung generischer Ausdrücke
Stollhans, S. 12/2012 In: Informationen Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Info DaF). 39, 6, p. 605-624. 20 p.
Journal article