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TEFL Chair


(f.l.t.r. Dr. B. Klewitz, Dr. Ch. Falkenhagen, Y. Kleine, Prof. Dr. L. Volkmann, S. Spath, J. Honegger, Ch. Görtz)


Out now: Nancy Grimm, Michael Meyer & Laurenz Volkmann (2015). Teaching English. Tübingen: Narr. (More Information)


The didactics of Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language (TEFL/TESL) focuses on foreign language acquisition in the EFL classroom. TEFL also focuses on the methods of teaching the literature(s) and culture(s) of many English-speaking countries, including the USA, the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia, but also South Africa and India. TEFL features four interrelated disciplines:

  • Language Acquisition and Learning
  • Cultural Studies & Inter-/Transcultural Learning
  • Theory and Practice of Teaching Literature
  • Media Studies

Language Acquisition and Learning focuses primarily on the methods and problems of acquiring a foreign language.

Cultural Studies and Inter-/Transcultural Learning focuses on the teaching about cultures in connection with inter-/ transcultural learning. Instead of limiting our knowledge to area/regional studies and declarative knowledge, the focus is on the discussion and exchange of inter-/transcultural topics, questions and problems.

Literary Studies, in the context of TEFL, creates concrete theories, develops methods, and discusses intertextual/intermedial approaches to dealing with a wide range of texts (including songs, MVCs, film, digital media, etc.).

Media Studies is concerned with the existing educational media repertoire and the development of intertextual/intermedial teaching and learning scenarios. This includes the usage of digital media (Web 2.0 technology) which plays an increasingly important role in the classroom and beyond.

The TEFL Chair in the English Department of the FSU offers theoretical as well as hands-on teaching knowledge, insights, and competences for future teachers of English. In seminars, tutorials, and an internship lasting one semester (Jena Model of Teacher Training/Education), students can acquire skills and competence in all of the four major disciplines of TEFL. They will also be able to develop the skills necessary for planning, conducting, analyzing, and reflecting upon a wide range of teaching and learning scenarios. 

The TEFL Chair also combines current TEFL topics with research areas that focus on: early and primary foreign language teaching and learning, content language and integrated learning (CLIL), bilingual education, multilingualism, and current educational standards. This in addition to foci such as the impact of inter(national) education research findings on TEFL in Germany, inter/transcultural learning as well as school innovation, especially the usage and implementation of Web 2.0 technology.


Prof. Dr. Laurenz Volkmann


Dr. Charlott Falkenhagen
Yvonne Kleine
Sieglinde Spath


Jana Honegger
Dr. Bernd Klewitz
Trudy McMillin

Student Assistants:

Anne-Marie Krause
Jana Kuntermann


Christiane Görtz
Tel: 03641/9-44510
Fax: 03641/9-44512

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