Dr Christine Biebricher

MA (Newcastle) , PhD (Ludwigsburg)


Dr Christine Biebricher is a Lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Christine, a trained secondary school teacher, has been in language education in Germany, Spain, and in New Zealand. She worked in pre-service and in-service teacher education focusing particularly on TEFL/TESOL in Germany and in New Zealand.

Before joining the Faculty of Education and Social Work Christine led a Ministry of Education funded project (International Languages Exchanges and Pathways) supporting New Zealand in-service teachers through professional development in their language teaching and worked closely with individual schools and teachers receiving Asian Language Learning in Schools (ALLiS) funding.


Research | Current

Christine’s research focuses on teaching and learning additional languages/EFL/ESL. Her research interests include reading in a foreign language, literacy development in the first and second language, teacher beliefs, teacher professional development, professional identity development and intercultural understanding.

Current Projects

  • Enhancing the intercultural capability of studnets of additional languages in New Zealand’s intermediate schools (TLRI funded project)
  • Developing language teacher identities – Teaching Mandarin in a primary school

Teaching | Current

  • EDCURRIC 706: Researching Practice in the Second Language School Classroom
  • EDPROFST 318: Language Teaching for ESOL: An Introduction

Graduate Diploma in TESSOL:

  • EDPROFST 372: Language Learning through Tasks
  • EDPROFST 379: Materials Design

Postgraduate supervision

  • Doctoral supervision: An investigation into the self-efficacy levels of educators teaching English Language Learners in mainstream classes – Mageshni Narain
  • Doctoral supervision: Embedding Assessment as Learning (AaL) in EFL Writing Classroom: Effects on Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency in Argumentative Texts –Xiaoyu Zhang
  • Masters supervision: How Does Students’ Reticence affect Teachers’ Questioning Practice? A Study of Teachers’ Questions in English as Foreign Language (EFL) Classrooms in a Chinese University Setting – Teng Fei

Areas of expertise

Language Teaching Methodology, Teaching English in a Second/Foreign Language (TESOL/TEFL), Extensive Reading, Literacy Development, Teaching as Inquiry

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Biebricher, C. (2016). Referenzarbeiten: Biebricher, Christine (2008). Lesen in der Fremdsprache (Representation of the reference work: Biebricher, Christine (2008). Reading in a foreign language). In D. Caspari, F. Klippel, M. K. Legutke, K. Schramm (Eds.) Forschungsmethoden in der Fremdsprachendidaktik: Ein Handbuch (Research methods in foreign language didactic: A handbook) (pp. 410-414). Tübingen, Germany: Narr Francke Attempto.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34606
  • Howard, J., Biebricher, C., Tolosa, C., Scott, A., & East, M. (2016). Principles and beliefs behind teachers’ existing intercultural language teaching practices. New Zealand Language Teacher, 42, 31-43. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33297
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Constanza Tolosa, Martin East
  • Biebricher, C. (2015). Effects of a professional development programme on New Zealand Language teacher beliefs and teaching practice. The Asian Conference on Language Learning 2015: Official Conference Proceedings Kobe, Japan: IAFOR.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34210
  • Biebricher, C. (2012). Literacy and Teaching Reading in English as a Foreign Language. Anglistik, 23 (1), 107-117.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34577
  • Biebricher, C. (2010). Welcome to New Zealand - Kia Ora Aotearoa! Unterrichtsvorschlag für die dritte oder vierte Grundschulklasse. Praxis Grundschule, 05/2010, 28-33.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/17486
  • Biebricher, C., & Appel, J. (2010). Was sagt die Forschung?: Ergebnisse zum Zweitspracherwerb. Praxis Grundschule, 09/2010, 14-16.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/17487
  • Biebricher, C. (2009). Extensives Lesen auf Englisch: Theoretische Grundlagen und praktische Auswirkungen im Rahmen eines extensiven Leseprojekts. In J. Hollm (Ed.) Lektüredidaktik und Literaturvermittlung im Englischunterricht der Sekundarstufe I (pp. 89-109). Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12925
  • Biebricher, C. (2008). Lesen in der Fremdsprache. Eine Studie zu Effekten extensiven Lesens. Tübingen: Gunter Narr. Pages: 328.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12105

Contact details

Alternative contact

Extension number: 48229

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 555
New Zealand