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Mag. Dr. Helen Heaney, BA

Research Interests

  • Language testing
  • Reading skills & strategies
  • Foreign language teacher training
  • Corpora in language learning

Selected Publications

  • "Teaching reading". In: Mewald, C. et al. (eds.) Darstellung der Kompetenzorientierung durch E8 Bildungsstandards im Unterricht der SEK1 in einem Multimedia Paket: Bildungsstandards Englisch 8. Unterrichtsvideos und Begleitmaterialien [DVD] (2014). Wien: bifie.
  • "Fleshing out CEFR descriptors at C1 and above for the assessment of academic writing in Departments of English at Austrian universities". Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics (2013) pp. 43-56.
  • "Does my text mean the same as yours? Cultural bias in reading tests". In: Vukanovic, M.B. & Vodopija-Krstanovic, I. (eds.) The Global and Local Dimensions of English: Exploring Issues of Language and Culture (2011). Vienna: LIT Verlag, pp. 45-58.
  • Issues in developing a tertiary-level English reading comprehension test (2011). Unpublished PhD thesis. University of Klagenfurt.
  • "Sprache und Gedächtnis: The role of memory while reading". In:
    Antonitsch, P. et al. (eds.) Zeit erinnern. Zum interdisziplinären und
    pädagogischen Umgang mit Zeit und Erinnerung
    (2009). Klagenfurt. Drava Verlag, pp. 171-191.
  • "Reading for bachelors – mistressing reading skills". In: Graf, E.-M. & James, A.R. (eds.) English Studies in Flux. New Peaks, New Shores, New Crossings (2007). Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, pp. 127-137.


  • 1988 B.A. (Honours) in German and French, University of Durham, Great
  • 1993 Master's degree (Mag.phil.) in English and French (teacher training), University of Klagenfurt
  • 2011 PhD (Dr.phil.) in Applied Linguistics (testing), University of Klagenfurt
  • Teacher of English and French at secondary school, Austria
  • Team teacher in CLIL programme at a grammar school in Klagenfurt (music, natural sciences)
  • ESP (medical English, business English, Export & Tourism, Business Administration, Media and Communications, Computing)
  • Research and teaching post at the Department of English, University of Klagenfurt (teacher training, linguistics, language programme)
  • Current position: Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Vienna (teacher training, linguistics, language programme)


Room: 3G-O1-29 (1st floor)
T: +43 1 4277-42418


Office hours during the winter semester (teaching weeks):

  • Tuesdays 14-15

or by appointment (please arrange by email).



Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik /
Department of English
Universität Wien
Campus d. Universität Wien
Spitalgasse 2-4/Hof 8.3
1090 Wien

T: +43-1-4277-424 01
F: +43-1-4277-9424
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