EFL Education

Welcome to EFL Education!

The EFL education department is concerned with the teaching and learning of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in schools. During their studies, student teachers gain fundamental knowledge and skills for teaching EFL in various schools: primary, secondary as well as vocational education. Core issues of the curriculum are communicative language teaching, language learning theory, methods and approaches to EFL education, digitalization, diversity and inclusion. All classes in our department are committed to the idea of nurturing the reflective practitioner as well as encouraging continuous professional development.

Our research is committed to school-based EFL education and teacher development. In particular, we are dedicated to linking our evidence-based research with practical classroom teaching. All our research projects follow an interdisciplinary approach and are conducted in collaboration with colleagues from related disciplines. The focus of our current research projects are: EFL education at primary and secondary level, digital media in language education, inclusive EFL education, professional development of EFL teachers, multilingualism, content and language integrated learning, and literature and film in EFL education.


1st digital EFL Education Team Meeting

In times of Corona, the EFL Education Team conducted its first online meeting to discuss new (digital) ways and options of cooperation, workflow, and forthcoming university teaching. A start was made to push frontiers.

Substitute Professorship at the Bergische Universität

The EFL Education Team is proud to announce that Katja Heim takes on a substitute professorship at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal. She will teach and work in the Wuppertal TEFL Team in the forthcoming summer and winter semesters.

Bitte beachten: Es gelten neue fakultätsweite Regeln und Fristen für die Abgabe von Arbeiten in der derzeitigen Corona-Virus SARS-CoV-2 Zeit.

Diese Regelungen für BA-, MA/MEd-Arbeiten und Hausarbeiten der Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften (Stand: 23.03.2020) finden Sie unter:
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Update Post-Exam Review: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Due to Corona-Virus SARS-CoV-2, the Post-Exam Review: Teaching English as a Foreign Language will be postponed. 
You will be informed as soon as a new date has been set. 

Nutzung von Digitalisierungspotenzialen in der Englischlehrerbildung (Potentials of Digitalization in EFL Teacher Education)

In the light of digitalisation, aspiring teachers face the challenge of integrating digital tools in the EFL classroom. This project addresses this issue by providing students with the resources to develop new ideas for TEFL in the digital era... 

Here is an interview that provides more information on the project.

Guest Lecture, Saarbrücken – CLIL

On February 7, 2020, Dr. Julian Sudhoff was invited to hold a guest lecture and workshop at the LPM Saarbrücken ...

Tag der Bildungsforschung, UDE - Teaching English in Primary Schools

On February 5, 2020, Prof. Dr. Eva Wilden contributed to the Tag der Bildungsforschung at the University of Duisburg-Essen ...

Seminar, Münster - New Approaches to Teaching Literature and Culture in the EFL Classroom

From 3rd – 5th of February 2020, Dr. Luisa Alfes gave a seminar at the University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität) ...

Guest Lecture, Münster - Selected Aspects of SLA/ELT - CEFR

On January 15, 2020, Prof. Dr. Bernd Rüschoff was invited to hold a guest lecture at the University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität) ...

Mailing Address

University of Duisburg-Essen
Faculty of Humanities
Department of Anglophone Studies
EFL Education
Universitätsstraße 12
45141 Essen

How to find us

Campus Essen