Prof. Dr. Karen Glaser

Prof. Dr. Karen Glaser


Grundschuldidaktik Englisch
Haus 3
Marschnerstraße 31, Raum 118
04109 Leipzig

Telefon: +49 341 97-31855


I am Professor of Teaching EFL in Primary School / Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) at Leipzig University, Germany. I hold a PhD in English Applied Linguistics from Leuphana University Lüneburg/Germany, an MA in TESL from Kent State University, Ohio/USA, and an MA in English and Applied Linguistics from TU Dresden/Germany. My research interests include interlanguage pragmatics, classroom interaction, L2 literacy acquisition, and digital media in TEFL. I have authored the monograph 'Inductive or Deductive? The Impact of Method of Instruction on the Acquisition of Pragmatic Competence in EFL', and my papers have appeared in edited volumes and international peer-reviewed journals such as Intercultural Pragmatics and Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition. I function as the reviewer for a number of international journals on applied linguistics and language teaching such as Language Teaching Review, Pragmatics, System, or Modern Language Journal.

Berufliche Laufbahn

  • seit 04/2022
    Leipzig University, Department of Primary and Pre-Primary Education: Professor of TEYL/TEFL in Primary School (Grundschuldidaktik Englisch)
  • 10/2015 - 03/2022
    Leipzig University, Department of Primary and Pre-Primary Education: Junior Professor of TEYL/TEFL in Primary School (Grundschuldidaktik Englisch)
  • 10/2014 - 09/2015
    University of Potsdam, English Department: Visiting Professor (Vertretungsprofessorin) of Present-Day English Language and Linguistics
  • 10/2011 - 06/2014
    Leuphana University Lüneburg, Institute of English Studies: PhD Degree in English Applied Linguistics (Topic: Inductive or Deductive? The Impact of Method of Instruction on the Acquisition of Pragmatic Competence)
  • 10/2007 - 09/2014
    Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz), English Department: English Language Program Coordinator; English Language Instructor in the BA, MA, and Magister programs
  • 04/2006 - 09/2007
    Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), English Department: English Language Instructor in the Magister, Teacher Training, MA and BA programs
  • 01/2006 - 04/2006
    Kent State University, Ohio/USA, TEFL Certificate Program: TEFL teacher educator in Linguistics, Pedagogical Grammar, and CALL; Teaching Practicum Mentor
  • 08/2004 - 12/2005
    Kent State University, Ohio/USA: Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL); Instructor in English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor at KSU's ESL Center


  • 10/1998 - 07/2004
    TU Dresden: Master’s Degree (Magister) in English Linguistics, Applied Linguistics (specialization: Teaching ESP), and Mass Communications

I am active in the following research areas:

  • Classroom Interaction and Classroom Discourse Competence
  • Interlanguage Pragmatic Development
  • Digital Tools in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching
  • Literacy Development the Primary EFL Classroom
  • Developmental Sequences in the Acquisition of Negation Structures in L2 English
  • Language Teacher Training Development

  • Glaser, K.
    Enhancing the role of pragmatics in primary English teacher training
    Glottodidactica - An International Journal of Applied Linguistics. 2018. 45 (2). S. 119-131
    Details ansehen
  • Glaser, K.
    Instruction-giving in the primary English classroom – creating or obstructing learning opportunities?
    In: Lenz, F.; Frobenius, M.; Klattenberg, R. (Hrsg.)
    Classroom Observation: Researching Interaction in English Language Teaching. Frankfurt/M.: Peter Lang. 2020. S. 57-83
    Details ansehen
  • Limberg, H.; Glaser, K. (Hrsg.)
    Pragmatische Kompetenzen im schulischen Fremdsprachenunterricht
    Berlin: Peter Lang. 2020
    Details ansehen
  • Glaser, K.
    Enhancing pre-service teacher training through inquiry-based learning. An analytic-reflective classroom videography assignmnet in the English teaching practicum.
    In: Thomson, K. (Hrsg.)
    Classroom discourse competence: Current issues in language teaching and teacher education. Tübingen: Narr. 2022. S. 175-188
    Details ansehen
  • Glaser, K.
    Scaffolding creative writing in the Primary EFL Classroom: Exploring the role of picture dictionaries and composition guidelines in the creation of Elfchen poems.
    In: Frisch, S.; Rymarczyk, J. (Hrsg.)
    Current Research into Young Foreign Language Learners‘ Literacy Skills. Frankfurt/M.: Peter Lang. 2021. S. 257-287
    Details ansehen

weitere Publikationen

I have experience in teaching ESL/ EFL to young learners, teenagers and adults in various contexts as well as experience in teaching linguistics and language pedagogy courses at the university level, both in Germany and the US. I have been functioning as supervisor for BA, MA, State Examination as well as PhD theses, and I'm active in in-service teachers' professional development.

  • The following is a selection of my most recent courses:

    Eine Auswahl meiner aktuellsten Seminare und Vorlesungen:

  • Planning for the Primary EFL Classroom

    Seminar for primary EFL teacher trainees

  • Planning for the EFL Classroom

    Seminar for secondary EFL teacher trainees

  • TEFL: From Theory to Practice

    Seminar for secondary EFL teacher trainees

  • Methods and Techniques for the Communicative Language Classroom

    Seminar for EFL teacher trainees

  • Understanding the Primary EFL Classroom

    Seminar for primary EFL teacher trainees

  • EFL Teaching Practicum

    School teaching practicum for pre-service EFL teacher trainees

  • Introduction to Foreign Language Teaching

    Lecture for primary EFL teacher trainees