Karsten Schmidtke-Bode

Dr Karsten Schmidtke-Bode

Lecturer in Linguistics ("Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben")
Leipzig University
Department of British Studies
Beethovenstr. 15 | 04107 Leipzig

Previous positions

Lecturer in English Linguistics and Language Practice | Departmental Erasmus Coordinator
Department of English and American Studies, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
[April 2019 - September 2023]

Researcher (post-doc) in the ERC-funded project Explaining grammatical universals
Leipzig University (Principal investigator: Prof. Martin Haspelmath) [July 2016 - March 2019]

Interim professor of English linguistics, Department of English and American Studies,
Friedrich Schiller University Jena [September 2015 - July 2016]

Lecturer, Department of English, CAU Kiel [2015]

Academic staff ('Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter'), Department of English and American Studies, Friedrich Schiller University Jena [2010-2014]

Academic visitor, Research Centre of English and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge (UK) [2008-2009]

Academic staff in the research project Principles of Linearization in Complex-Sentence Constructions (Principal investigator: Prof. Holger Diessel; funded by a grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG)) [2007-2010]

Academic education

2014: Ph.D. in English Linguistics (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)

2007: M.A. in English Linguistics, Teaching German as a Foreign Language and Intercultural Business Communication (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)

2006: Leipzig Spring School on Linguistic Diversity (MPI and University of Leipzig)

2004-2005: Visiting student of General Linguistics (Department of Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley (USA))

2003: Summer Academy on Teaching English as a Foreign Language (University of Luton (GB))

2002: Summer Course on The Language and Culture of Great Britain (Southampton English Language Centre (GB))


2002-2007: Scholarship recipient of the German Academic Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)

Practical experience

2022: Co-founder of English Abilities (YouTube channel and website for pro tips and learning materials on English for advanced learners) WEBSITE

2005: Internship with KHUSHII (Kinship for Humanitarian, Social and Holistic Intervention in India) in New Delhi and Neemrana, India (Work in urban and rural development projects, consultant in a case study on possibilities and limitations of computer-based learning in Neemrana)

2005: Practical training as teacher of German as a foreign language (Department of German, University of California at Berkeley (USA))

2002-2006: Translator and interpreter (German-English) for several local companies