Friederike Klippel worked as a teacher of English in Germany before continuing her studies at Victoria University in Wellington/ New Zealand. She then completed her PhD and her postdoc degree at Dortmund University. Since 1994 she has held the Chair of English Language Education (ELT/TESOL) at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. In 2008 she received an Honorary Doctorate.
She has published numerous books, edited volumes and articles on a wide range of aspects concerning English language teaching, among others Englischmethodik (1987), Keep Talking (1984; 27th printing 2011), Englischlernen im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert (1994), Englisch in der Grundschule (2000), Englischdidaktik (2007, with S. Doff), Schulsprachenpolitik und fremdsprachliche Unterrichtspraxis (2013, with E. Kolb and F. Sharp); she was editor of the journal Englisch (up to 2006), the online journal ForumSprache from 2008 to 2012 and remains editor of the monograph series Muenchener Arbeiten zur Fremdsprachenforschung MAFF (28 volumes from 2000 to 2013).
So far she has supervised 22 completed PhDs, two post-doc qualifications (Habilitation); twelve current doctoral students. Her research areas include language teaching methodology, the history of language teaching,classroom research, intercultural education, teacher education and professional development, and materials development. She has been a board member and vice chair of the German Association of Foreign Language Research (DGFF) for many years and acted as a reviewer and consultant in academic and political spheres. | March Interviewer: Isabela Villas Boas