School of Humanities

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is the study of teaching and learning the English language, and its literatures and cultures. Didactics research aims to chart, explain and optimise these processes. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Wuppertal generates knowledge about foreign language acquisition (e.g. the acquisition of written language, lexical learning with electronic dictionaries) and addresses questions of teacher professionalisation (e.g. the development of competences during school placements, the effects of school placements in English-speaking countries). Our studies contribute both to the advancement of theoretical models (e.g. of the bilingual mental lexicon) and to the development of new teaching methods. Detailed information about research projects in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) can be found on the pages of staff members.

Our courses cover the entire spectrum of school forms, from English education in primary schools up to advanced secondary levels. Central topics include theories of language learning, studies and models of the promotion of English learning through teaching methods and the didactic potential of content-based learning (e.g. using literature, film and digital text). In Wuppertal, research and teaching emphasise both traditional and inclusive English teaching, as well as bilingual teaching. Additionally, non-school-based language acquisition processes are also taken into consideration. Furthermore, the foundations and principles of school curricula are examined critically in the light of the latest approaches and discoveries about the conditions under which languages are learned. Theories and traditions pertaining to English as a school subject are also discussed.

Having completed the Two-Subject Bachelor of Arts programme, students in Wuppertal may take either the Master of Education (for all school forms) or the Master of Education in bilingual teaching (Higher Secondary). Further information on this innovative programme can be found here:



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