Professorship for English Didactics

Organisational unit: Section

Organisation profile

The Department of Didactics of English deals with a variety of aspects of teaching and learning English as a foreign language in education. The emphasis is on primary and secondary schools (Grund-, Haupt- und Realschulen), but vocational schools (Berufsbildende Schulen) and further education as well as ongoing professional development are also important fields of work in the following areas: research and teaching in the field of teacher training, methods and approaches of English teaching in view of their role in teaching the English language, English language literature and cultures. The focus of our research is on foreign language teaching and learning with digital media and video-based teaching research.

Teaching and research in the department is concerned with the roles of learners and teachers in the English teaching and learning process and the consequences of this for the design of learning environments, learning materials, tasks and exercises. Our seminars aim to familiarise future teachers with relevant theoretical concepts and evidence-based methods of foreign language teaching and to systematically develop their competences. For this purpose, for example, teaching materials are analysed and materials and lesson plans are developed. Current issues regarding standards and curriculum development are taken into account. In cooperation with campus schools, innovative seminar concepts are realised, which enable a continuous exchange of theory and practice. The seminars also contribute to the development of students' diagnostic skills, by looking at current approaches to learning assessment, especially the European Language Portfolio and forms of digitally supported, adaptive practice and testing. The teaching content focuses on dealing with heterogeneity in foreign language teaching, teaching intercultural communicative competence and constructing digitally supported teaching and learning settings. The Department of English Didactics cooperates closely with the Future Centre for Teacher Education at Leuphana University and is an innovation leader for teaching projects such as the multi-perspective teaching videodatabase Multiview ( or the use of a video conference system in cooperation with the Jesteburg Secondary School. Within the framework of a permanently established, multi-phasic and multi-institutional development team consisting of university teachers, university students, representatives of the teacher education seminar and external experts, new formats for teacher training are jointly developed and researched.

Research and development areas at a glance:

  • Computer Assisted Language Learning (multimedia teaching and learning scenarios, intelligent tutorial systems, artificial intelligence, chatbots)
  • Promotion of receptive and productive orality
  • Project-based learning didactics
  • Drama techniques in the EFL classroom
  • Playful approaches (analog and digital game development)


Computer Assisted Language Learning, Web 2.0 in the EFL Classroom – Tasks, Methods, Scenarios, Project Work, Drama Techniques, Foreign Language Learning on Primary Level,
Teacher Training Research

  1. 2021
  2. Taking ICALL to task: Blending form-focus & task-based foreign language learning

    Carolyn Blume (Speaker), Detmar Meurers (Speaker) & Torben Schmidt (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationConference PresentationsResearch

  3. Individual difference predictors of L2 learning at the syntax/semantics interface

    Diana Pili-Moss (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationConference PresentationsResearch

  4. Zeitschrift für Fremdsprachenforschung (Journal)

    David Gerlach (Editor) & Torben Schmidt (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor of journalsResearch

  5. 2020
  6. Automatization of comprehension in adult L2 learning

    Diana Pili-Moss (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lecturesResearch

  7. Round Table: Education, Sustainability, and Digitalization 2020

    Torben Schmidt (Participant)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an academic or articstic eventConferencesResearch

  8. Landessprachentag Niedersachsen 2020

    Torben Schmidt (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationConference PresentationsResearch

  9. Reflexionskompetenz in der Fremdsprachenlehrer*innenbildung – Theorien, Konzepte, Empirie

    Bianca Roters (Speaker), Carolyn Blume (Speaker), David Gerlach (Speaker) & Torben Schmidt (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationConference PresentationsResearch

  10. Reflexionskompetenz in der universitären Englischlehrkräfteausbildung durch Peer-Feedback-basierte E-Portfolioaufgaben fördern – Konzept und empirische Begleitforschung

    Gitte Köllner (Speaker) & Torben Schmidt (Coauthor)


    Activity: Talk or presentationtalk or presentation in privat or public eventsResearch

  11. Digitalkonferenz: Fremdsprachenlernen im digitalen Zeitalter

    Torben Schmidt (Plenary speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationConference PresentationsResearch

  12. Teach About US - Innovative Ways of Teaching English: The Election Project 2020

    Joannis Kaliampos (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lecturesTransfer

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