Language and Education System

Rebekka Wanka

Research Associate

Phone: 49 (0) 221-470 1211

Rebekka Wanka studied English and American Studies, Linguistics and Roman Linguistics at the University of Wuppertal (Germany) and University of Limerick (Ireland). She graduated in 2008 in Wuppertal and worked between 2009 and 2011 at the BIFIE in Salzburg (Federal Institute of Educational Research, Innovation and Development of the Austrian School Sector) in the projects language assessment in the kindergarden and the Austrian educational standards.  Since then she had been lecturer in european education and research facilities as freelancer. 2012 to 2013 she was part of the team of Prof. Dr. Karin Landerl‘s at the University of Graz and coordinated the development of reading and orthography tasks for the Austrian Education Standards. Between 2014 and 2018 she worked in research and teaching at the Department of German Linguistics (IDSL II) at the University of Cologne int the team of Prof. Dr. Ulrike Domahs and Prof. Dr. Petra Schumacher. Since 2015 she has been writing her dissertation to an empirical-experimental topic of number acquisition. Since 2019 she has been part of the Mercator Institute as a research associate in the department Language and Education System and as a member of the team of "What works?" (Wissen! Was wirkt?). As a project manager, she is currently working on the project "Development of a vocabulary for the school".

Room

3.15 (3rd floor, Triforum)

Student consultation hours

Fridays, 12 a.m. to 1 p.m. (prior registration by e-mail is required)

Research Experience and Professional Career

  • since 2019 Research Associate, Mercator-Institute for Literacy and Language Education, department: Language and Education System, University of Cologne, Germany
  • since 2015 Doctoral Student: Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Project of dissertation: “Interpretation of different cues for number marking in language development“, University of Cologne, Germany
  • 2015 - 2018 Research Associate: Department for German Language and Literature I (Team: Prof. Petra Schumacher), University of Cologne, Germany
  • 2014 - 2015 Research Associate: Department for German language and literature I (Team: Prof. Ulrike Domahs), University of Cologne, Germany
  • 2012 - 2013 Research Associate: Project ”Aufgabenentwicklung zur Überprüfung der Bildungsstandards in Lesen und Rechtschreiben der 4. und 8. Schulstufe” („Developing Tasks for testing the Austrian educational standards in reading and othographie in grades 4 and 8“); Team: Prof. Karin Landerl), University of Graz, Austria
  • since 2009 freelance Lecturer 
  • 2009 - 2011 Junior Research Associate: Project: "Sprachstandsfeststellung im Kindergarten" („Language assessment in the Kindergarten“), BIFIE Salzburg, Austria
  • 2008 Magistra Artium(M.A.): English and American Studies (major), Linguistics (minor) and Roman Linguistics (minor), University of Wuppertal, Germany;
    Thesis: Funktionsverbgefüge im Deutschen und Englischen („Light verb constructions in German and English“)
  • 2008 Student Assistent: Department of Roman Studies, project "Die Architektur der frühkindlichen bilingualen Sprachfähigkeit: Italienisch-Deutsch und Französisch-Deutsch in Italien, Deutschland und Frankreich im Vergleich" (Team: Prof. Natascha Müller), University of Wuppertal, Germany

Research

Topics:

- first and seconde language acquisition 
- experimental and empirical linguistics
- Multilingualism
- acquisition of grammar (e.g. morpho-prosodic interface),
- language acquisition and language improvement
- linguistic games (project: Ling-Games, Prof. Petra Schumacher) 
- linguistics and education

Teaching

Language acquisition (emphasis: multilingualism)
Introduction to linguistics
First and second language acquisition, multilingualism
Language acquisition and language impairment
Language assessment in kindergarten and primary level
Intercultural language improvement
Language is systematic – language improvement is systematic

Publications

  • Rössl, B. & Wanka, R. (2011): BESK-DaZ – Beobachtungsbogen zur Erfassung der Sprachkompetenz in Deutsch von Kindern mit Deutsch als Zweitsprache, Version 2.0. Published by S. Breit on behalf of the BMUKK. Salzburg: BIFIE. Available online: https://www.bifie.at/node/311  [2014-03-06].
  • Rössl, B., Stadlmair, M. & Wanka, R. (2011): BESK – Beobachtungsbogen zur Erfassung der Sprachkompetenz in Deutsch von Kindern mit Deutsch als Erstsprache, Version 2.0. Published by S. Breit on behalf of the BMUKK.
  • Salzburg: BIFIE. Available online: https://www.bifie.at/node/310 [2014-03-06].
  • Schneider, P., Wanka, R. & Rössl, B. (2009): Grundlagen des BESK-DAZ, in S. Breit (ed.) Handbuch zum BESK-DaZ. Salzburg: BIFIE, 23–30. Available online:  https://www.bifie.at/node/307 [2014-03-06].
  • Schneider, P., Wanka, R. & Rössl, B. (2009): Sprachstandsfeststellung mit dem BESK-DaZ, in S. Breit (ed.), Handbuch zum BESK-DaZ. Salzburg: BIFIE, 9–22. Available online: https://www.bifie.at/node/307 [2014-03-06].
  • Stadlmair, M. & Wanka, R. (2011): Leitideen zur sprachlichen Förderung, in S. Breit (ed.), Handbuch zum BESK, Version 2.0. Salzburg: BIFIE, 54–58. Available online:  https://www.bifie.at/node/310  [2014-03-06].
  • Wanka, R. (2008): Funktionsverbgefüge im Deutschen und Englischen. Unpublished thesis, Wuppertal, Germany.
  • Wanka, R. (2011): Qualitätssicherungsmaßnahmen, in S. Breit (Hrsg.), Handbuch zum BESK, Version 2.0. Salzburg: BIFIE, 59–69. Available online: www.bifie.at/node/310 [2014-03-06].
  • Wanka, R. (2011): Qualitätssicherungsmaßnahmen, in S. Breit (ed.), Handbuch zum BESK-DaZ, Version 2.0. Salzburg: BIFIE, 66–69. Available online: https://www.bifie.at/node/311 [2014-03-06].
  • Wanka, R., Rössl, B. & Stadlmair, M. (2011): Sprachstandsfeststellung mit dem BESK, in S. Breit (ed.), Handbuch zum BESK, Version 2.0. Salzburg: BIFIE, 33–53. Available online: https://www.bifie.at/node/310  [2014-03-06].
  • Weiland-Breckle, H., Strassburger, L., Wanka, R. & Schumacher, P. (2019): Ph[o:]nix – an educational board game for phonetics and phonology. Linguistische Berichte 257, 115–128. Buske.

Lecture

2018/07: „Interpretation von Numerus am Nomen im L1-Erwerb“, Empirical Research Colloquium (Prof. Petra Schumacher), University of Cologne, Germany.

2016/12: „LiSe-DaZ®“, Empirical Research Colloquium (Prof. Petra Schumacher), University of Cologne, Germany.

2016/10: Poster: „Interpretation von Numerusmarkierungen in der Sprachentwicklung”, Staps – Linguistic Conference for doctoral student, Cologne, Germany.

2016/10: „Interpretation verschiedener Numerusinformationen im frühen Erwerb“, Workshop „Forschung zu Spracherwerb und Sprachdidaktik“ (Prof. Annemarie Saxalber / Prof. Ulrike Domahs), Free University of Bozen, Italy.

2016/06: „Interpretation von Numerus am Nomen im Spracherwerb“, seminar „Numerus“ (Prof. Elisabeth Löbel), University of Cologne, Germany.

2016/06: „Interpretation von Numerus am Nomen im Spracherwerb“, seminar „Spracherwerb und Sprachwandel“ (Jun.-Prof. Agnes Jäger), University of Cologne, Germany.

2016/05: „Interpretation von Numerus am Nomen im Spracherwerb – Pilotstudie“, Empirical Research Colloquium (Prof. Petra Schumacher), University of Cologne, Germany.

2016/05: „Interpretation von Numerus am Nomen – Spracherwerb experimentell“, seminar „Linguistische Evidenz“ (Dr. Johanna Mattissen), University of Cologne, Germany.

2015/11: „Interpretation von Hinweisreizen für Numerusmarkierungen am Nomen in der Sprachentwicklung“, Colloquium (Prof. Ulrike Domahs), Faculty of Education, Free University of Bozen, Italy.

2015/07: „Interpretation of different cues for number marking in language development“, CCLS - 2015, University of Cologne, Germany.

2015/02: „Interpretation of different cues for number marking in language development“ in Linguistic Research Colloquium (Prof. Petra Schuhmacher), University of Cologne, Germany.

2011/04: „Erst- und Zweitspracherwerb – Sprachtheoretisches Basiswissen für die pädagogische Praxis“, Tagung für Tageseltern 2011, Salzburger Hilfswerk+, Austria.