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Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Primary School)

Welcome to the TEFL section (for primary schools) of the Department of English and American Studies!

TEFL deals with a variety of issues concerning the teaching and learning of the English language, literatures and cultures of English-speaking countries. In our courses and seminars future  primary school teachers of English will be introduced to theories and concepts about early language learning in order to understand how (foreign) languages are acquired at an early age and how the language learning process can be monitored, supported and assessed. Moreover, our students learn how to design the language learning classroom and develop their language learners’ intercultural communicative competence. Seminars and practical courses help students to apply their theoretical knowledge by developing tasks or materials for language learning or by experimenting with various media to assist language learning processes. It is our aim to assist students’ own learning processes and to help them become reflective practitioners who use their own learning and teaching experiences in order to continually reflect about their own practices as English language teachers. 

Our research interests cover a variety of language learning areas like teaching the English language, literatures and cultures, primary school education, using modern media in foreign language learning, inter- and transcultural approaches and others. Please, refer to our individual pages, our projects and services to learn more about the research conducted at our department.

Photo: Jan Alexander Ernst