At the Faculty of Education, courses are primarily taught in German.

On this page you will find an overview of the current English-language options. Step by step we are expanding our offer of courses in English. In addition to courses at the Faculty of Education, we also offer you the opportunity to attend courses at other faculties and institutes. You will find further information in the section of the particular course.

Modul 05-GSD-EN01: Teaching English at Primary Level 1

  • Lecture Introduction to Language Teaching at Primary School (only available in winter-term)
  • Seminar Planning for the Primary EFL Classroom (winter- & summer-term)
  • Seminar Methods and Techniques for the Communicative Language Classroom (winter- & summer-term)

Theories and individual prerequisites of language acquisition and language learning; theory and methodology of communicative foreign language teaching at elementary school including the measurement, evaluation and promotion of student performance; theory-based analysis of teaching and learning materials specific to primary school; theories, goals and strategies of language and intercultural learning and their implementation in elementary school English teaching.

Learning objectives:

  • knowledge of foreign language didactic goals, contents and methods appropriate to primary schools
  • ability to plan and evaluate English lessons on the basis of contemporary didactic principles
  • ability to compare one's own subjective theories with different foreign language didactic teaching models

Winter-term 10 ECTS (1 Lecture + 2 Seminars)

Summer-term 5 ECTS (2 Seminars)

Modul 05-GSD-EN02: Teaching English at Primary Level 2

  • Seminar Literature, Culture and Media in the Primary English Classroom
  • Seminar Understanding the Primary EFL Classroom

Theories, goals and procedures of literature, culture and media didactics; selected theories and research approaches to early foreign language learning; educational standards in the GS; address-related teaching techniques; planning of teaching sequences; initial testing, analysis and evaluation of selective teacher actions

Learning objectives:

  • Knowledge of the most important approaches in literary, cultural and media didactics and the ability to use these approaches in elementary school teaching
  • ability to select and efficiently use methods and media for foreign language learning in GS
  • ability to explore, plan and critically analyse the teaching of English

Winter-Term or Summer-Term 5 ECTS

05-GSD-SACH02.SE01 - Teaching Politics in Primary School

  • Seminar Teaching Politics in Primary School

In Great Britain in particular, political education is gaining in importance, which is reflected in the emphasis on children's rights and in school curricula. It is true that questions of democracy learning have already been extensively discussed in the classroom. However, a discussion of the citizenship education introduced in Anne Sliwka's primary school pedagogy is still pending. Citizenship education places civil society initiatives at the center of biographically oriented educational processes. It develops concepts of service learning in which children take on service-related tasks in the community and develop them further in the sense of community participation. During the seminar, students will research existing approaches and concepts of democracy learning in the subject lessons of elementary school. The results will be presented and further didactical considerations in the context of democracy learning and citizenship education will be developed.

Winter-Term 5 ECTS (English-friendly)

M1 Early Child Development I

  • Lecture Developmental Psychology
  • Seminar Developmental Psychology I
  • Seminar Developmental Psychology II

Getting to know theories of child development and learning to evaluate and integrate research findings critically

10 ECTS

Winter-Term

Examination: Written Exam (90 Minutes)

M2 Empirical Methods in Early Childhood Research I

  • Lecture Empirical Research Methods
  • Seminar Observation Methods
  • Training-Seminar Introduction to R

Repetition and consolidation of existing knowledge in experimental methods and statistics

10 ECTS

Winter-Term

Examination: Portfolio

 

M3 Developmental Psychopathology in Early Childhood

  • Lecture Developmental Psychopathology in Early Childhood
  • Seminar Current Research Topics of Mental Disorders in Early Childhood

Learning about psychological disorders in early childhood, diagnostic tools an intervention practices

5 ECTS

Winter-Term

Examination: Written exam (90 min)

M8 Early Childhood in Interdisciplinary Context

  • Lecture Early Childhood in Interdisciplinary Contexts
  • Seminar Accompanying Reading Course

Theories on early child development from different disciplinary perspectives; interdisciplinary contextualization of previous study content

5 ECTS

Winter-Term

Examination: Oral exam (30 min)

M5 Early Child Development II

  • Lecture Developmental Psychopathology in Early Childhood
  • Seminar Current Research Topics of Mental Disorders in Early Childhood

Getting to know theories of child development and learning to evaluate and integrate research findings critically

5 ECTS

Summer-Term

Examination: Written exam (90 min)

M11 Teaching and Supervising in Higher Education

  • Seminar Introduction to Academic Didactics
  • Seminar Preparation and Supervision

Getting to know theories of child development and learning to evaluate and integrate research findings critically

5 ECTS

Summer-Term

Examination: Portfolio

30-STE-PS5-01 - Internationalisation of School Education

  • Lecture Psychology of Learning and Instruction
  • Seminar Internationalisation of Education

The lecture provides an overview of essential theories, research findings and practices of learning and instructional psychology. Current international trends in the research and practice of learning and instructional psychology are given special consideration.

5 ECTS

Winter- and Summer-Term

Offers On Request

At the Herder-Institut, Erasmus students are welcome to take DaF (German as Foreign Language) and DaZ (German as Second Language) seminars from other faculties as well. You always have to ask the lecturers of the courses directly and then fill in a specific form. This means that there is no listing of courses. If you have any questions, please contact Silvia Dahmen.

In this section you will find information about the Institute of English Studies. You can find more information on the Institute's website.

All courses are taught in English, and you are basically free to choose which courses you want to take (unless they are completely overbooked). There are some restrictions on certain courses, such as the basic literature and culture courses (module numbers 1101 and 1102) and most of the courses in subject didactics - we do not recommend these courses for international students unless there is a particular reason why you need to take them. You can choose individual seminars of a module, it does not have to be all components (e.g. seminar + lecture + tutorial). Accordingly, the number of ECTS is reduced from 10 to 5.

We have listed a few courses for summer and winter semester as examples. The list of the past summer semester 2021 can be found here (scroll down a bit to see the English course descriptions). The list for the past winter semester 2020/2021 can be found here. Future semesters will have the same or similar modules, just sometimes different individual seminars).

If you are in Leipzig, just go to the lectures during the first week of the semester and talk to the lecturers there.  In case of another online semester, please write to the individual lecturers before the semester starts and ask them to enroll you in their course and inquire about the details of credit transfer. Information about our staff can be found here. Generally, you will receive 5 ECTS for a seminar or lecture if you either present a paper, write a portfolio, or take a written or oral exam (depending on the type of course), and 2 ECTS for simple attendance.

For more information on courses offered by the Institute of English Studies, please contact Dr. Dietmar Böhnke by mail.

In addition, you can also take courses offered by the Institute of American Studies. You can also find their courses in the course catalogs linked above. Further information can be found on the Institute's website.

04-ANG-1108 - English Studies at Primary School Level

Reading (close reading) and literary-critical discussion of essential texts of Anglophone children's literature; literary-historical classifications; mediation and development of cultural phenomena of the English-speaking world with special relevance for primary school children; discussion of related linguistic aspects as well as their diachronic and synchronic classification; subject- and occupation-oriented communication training, development of written language skills in thematic connection with the seminars, mediation and application of reception and presentation techniques.

10 ECTS

Winter-Term

  • Seminar Anglophone children's literature
  • Seminar Linguistic and cultural phenomena of the anglophone world for elementary school
  • Seminar Written Academic Discourse

04-ANG-1103 - Introduction to British Literatures and Cultures III

  • Lecture Culture (2 SWS)
  • SeminarCulture Studies (2 SWS)
  • Exercise Written Academic Discourse I (2 SWS)

In the lecture and the seminar, important moments and aspects of British (literary) history and the present are dealt with intensively and critically in alternating, specific topics. Referring to the contents of the lectures, the exercise teaches the basic knowledge of academic writing in the foreign language in an application-oriented way. The lectures are held in English. Course and examination work must be done in English.

10 ECTS

Winter-Term

04-ANG-1105 - British Literatures and Cultures: Key Issues

  • Lecture Culture Studies (2 SWS)
  • Seminar Literature (2 SWS)
  • Exercise Written Academic Discourse II (2 SWS)

In the lecture, central themes of the British Isles are treated intensively and critically examined from various perspectives. In the seminar, specific aspects of British literature and/or Modern English Literatures, e.g. genres, motifs, themes and epochs, are discussed and applied to concrete textual examples. In the tutorial, relevant topics in the fields of literary studies and cultural studies are prepared in a specialized manner and presented in independently written academic essays. The lectures are held in English. Course and examination work must be done in English.

10 ECTS

Winter-Term

04-ANG-1302 - Introduction to English Linguistics II

  • Lecture Varieties of English
  • Lecture Introduction to Diachronic Linguistics
  • Seminar Systems Linguistics

The lecture "Varieties of English" gives an introductory overview of the different types of varieties of (world) English: national, regional and social. The lecture "Introduction to Diachronic Linguistics" covers the main features of the linguistic history of English from Old English to Modern English. The seminar "Systems Linguistics" deepens the knowledge of morphology, semantics and syntax imparted in the lecture "Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics". The lectures are held in English. Course and examination work must be done in English.

10 ECTS

Winter-Term

04-ANG-1301 - Introduction to English Linguistics I

  • Lecture Introduction to Synchronous Linguistics
  • Exercise Phonetics/Phonology
  • Exercise Spoken academic discourse

The lecuture "Introduction to Synchronous Linguistics" introduces the basics of modern English linguistics and gives an overview of the main branches of the discipline. The exercise "Phonetics/Phonology" introduces the basics of phonetics and phonology. Among other things, the classification of speech sounds, the phonemes and intonation patterns of English and phonemic transcription are taught. The exercise: Language practice "Spoken academic discourse" teaches linguistic and social competence, introduces the use of media applications, practices text and event-based discussion and moderation in an intercultural setting.

10 ECTS

Summer-Term

04-ANG-1104-B - British Literatures and Cultures: Theory and Practice

  • Seminar Culture Studies (2 SWS)
  • Seminar Literature (2 SWS)

In the seminar Culture, central events and issues of British cultural history are discussed on the basis of theoretical approaches. In the Literature seminar, different English-language literary texts are analyzed on the basis of their specific genre characteristics and anchored in their respective historical context.

10 ECTS

Summer-Term

04-002-1106 - British Literatures and Cultures: New Approaches

  • Lecture Literature (2 SWS
  • Seminar Lituerature (2 SWS)
  • Seminar Culture Studies (2 SWS)

In the lecture, selected epochs relevant to English literary studies and their respective characteristics are discussed, with particular emphasis on the interrelationship between literature and the prevailing social worldview. In the associated seminars, current approaches in literary and cultural studies as well as their developments are treated in an application-oriented manner using suitable examples.

10 ECTS

Summer-Term

06 002 203 3 - Globalization, Europeanization and Social Security

Institute for Sociology - Website

Contact: E-Mail to Beatrice Fischer

  • Lecture
  • Seminar

10 ECTS

Winter- and Summer-Term

Prerequisite for Admission to the Examination: Presentation

Examination: Paper