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Team Tefl University of Potsdam
Photo: K. Fritze

Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the University of Potsdam

Welcome to the TEFL section of the Department of English and American Studies!

The TEFL section 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 English teachers – from primary to secondary schools – will be introduced to theories and concepts about language learning in order to understand how (foreign) languages are learned and how the language learning process of learners 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. Our seminars and practical courses also help students to apply their theoretical knowledge by developing tasks or materials for language learning or 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 and secondary school education, using media (e.g. tablet PCs) in foreign language learning, inter- and transcultural approaches, genre- and drama-based language learning and others. Please refer to our individual pages, our projects and services to learn more about the research conducted at our department. 

News and Dates

  • 1 April, 2018 - 5 May, 2019: Registration for "Schulpraktische Studien Englisch" winter term 2019/20 via Moodle.
  • 1 April, 2019 - 15 August, 2019: Enrolment for Academic Essays (Modularbeiten)
  • Every second Monday: Offenes Fremdsprachendidaktisches Kolloquium