Michael Hofer-Robinson studied German Philology (BA) and German as a Foreign and Second Language (MA) at the University of Vienna. He has taught in higher education institutions, like the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the Diplomatic Academy Vienna and Trinity College Dublin. In 2016, his monograph „Integration, das sind die Anderen“ was published.
In 2017, a law was introduced in Austria that makes it compulsory for refugees to learn Austrian values and to pass a value-test – failing can result in losing financial support from the state. Values are now an essential part of the official integration process and have been incorporated into language classes. In my research I will explore the language used in a range of texts that teach values to people, including specially designed teaching material and curricula, the new integration law itself and statements from other institutions that were given during the process of designing this law.