Teaching and Research
Research & Development in the section of "Teaching English as a Foreign Language" (TEFL) and Applied Linguistics focus on Applied Linguistics and SLA (Second Language Acquisition), EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Methodology, Computer Assisted & Technology-enhanced Language Learning (CALL & TELL), and Corpus Linguistics. Further areas of expertise are psycholinguistics, bilingualism, content and language integrated learning (CLIL) and language acquisition at primary (elementary) school levels. In addition, we co-ordinate the school practice and area & cultural studies (Landeskunde) elements of the curriculum at the Department of English.
Components of TEFL include the concept of method/postmethod, competences, skills, vocabulary teaching, grammar teaching, intercultural learning, teaching culture and literature, media, content and language integrated learning, heterogeneity/differentiation, materials development/evaluation, and testing/assessment.
Part of the profile of our section is the continuing co-operation in Council of Europe projects and in European Union sponsored projects, such as LEONARDO, etc. In addition, the head of the section, Prof. Dr. Bernd Rüschoff, is the President of AILA – the International Association for Applied Linguistics and the President of GAL – the German Association for Applied Linguistics. He is a past-president of EUROCALL – the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning; he is also a member of the Executive Council of the Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik (German Association of Applied Linguistics). A large number of publications have resulted from the activities of this section, some of which can be viewed online.
Apart from cooperations with publishers and media production companies, our section is involved in additional projects, such as the READERS project dealing with the development of a strategy trainer for reading and text comprehension skills (joint R & D with the Bergische Universität-GH Wuppertal (Prof. Dr. Wolff). This project is financed by the Universitätsverbund Multi Media NRW.
Our wide range of research is also reflected in our teaching. At the undergraduate and graduate level, we offer a wide variety of seminars in all major fields of Applied Linguistics and EFL-Methodology, approaches to SLA, school practice, intercultural learning, bilingualism, language acquisition at primary (elementary) school levels, area & cultural studies and related topics.