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Signing up for courses for WS 16/17

If you still need to sign up for English courses for next semester (in particular, in "Fachdidaktik"), please read the the information available here. (This information is not relevant for 1st semester students.)

Important information concerning our degree schemes 

Our degree schemes have recently been (re-)accredited. The new rules/requirements apply with immediate effect to all of our MA and MEd students (regardless of when they started their studies at the University of Trier). All BA and BEd students who started their studies with us in WS 2013/14 also study under the new regulations. Further information is available here.

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The Department of English Studies has four main sections: Language, Literature, Linguistics and Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language (TEFL). All four sections are essential to the department, and all have their own staff. Students doing English Studies as a main subject (major, Hauptfach) take courses in all areas except TEFL. Students doing a subsidiary subject (minor, Nebenfach) take courses in language and literature or language and linguistics.

All sections of the Department emphasize the interaction of language and culture and all teach both British and American studies.

Language courses are all taught by native speakers: they are mainly from Britain and America, but also, where possible, from other parts of the English-speaking world.

Literature courses cover a broad range of literatures in English - from Britain and North America through to the literatures of postcolonial nations and anglophone diaspora communities. British and American film, television and new media also form an additional important focus. The Centre for Canadian Studies and the Trier Center for American Studies (TCAS) allow students to specialise in north American literature and culture, and to obtain an additional certificate in Canadian Studies.

Linguistics courses give special emphasis to applied linguistics. Staff have expertise in varieties of English as a world language, language teaching, sociolinguistics and computer-assisted corpus analysis. The Department has always had a strong interest and expertise in the history of English and medieval studies.

TEFL courses focus on both theoretical and practical aspects relevant for future teachers of English. A newly appointed professor of TEFL will take up his position in April 2017.

An additional certificate can also be obtained in teaching language to adults (Fremdsprachliche Erwachsenenbildung).

Although the number of students has rapidly increased in the last few years, the staff attempt to avoid the anonymity which students complain of at other universities. Staff  know many of their students by name and try to deal with students on an individual basis.

Study abroad. The department has partnerships with universities in other countries, where students can study under different agreements. These include universities in Great Britain, Ireland, USA, Canada and Australia (and also Greece, Hungary and Turkey). For initial information, go to the web pages of the International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt).

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

16.12.2016: Frauenbilder in Games of Thrones

16.12.2016: Frauenbilder in Games of Thrones

January 2017: Informationsveranstaltung ERASMUS-Austausch

January 2017: Informationsveranstaltung ERASMUS-Austausch

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    Past Events

    Past Events

    29.11.2016: How Did East Asians Become Yellow?

    29.11.2016: How Did East Asians Become Yellow?

    24.11.2016: Kanada-Nachmittag

    24.11.2016: Kanada-Nachmittag

    24.11.2016: Canadian 19th-Century Historical Narratives

    24.11.2016: Canadian 19th-Century Historical Narratives

    09.11.2016: Before or after the verb

    09.11.2016: Before or after the verb

    07.07.2016: The Diversity of Britain

    07.07.2016: The Diversity of Britain

    06.07.2016: Semantic Transparency in English Compound Nouns

    06.07.2016: Semantic Transparency in English Compound Nouns

    23.06.2016: Die Versuchung, zu verzweifeln

    23.06.2016: Die Versuchung, zu verzweifeln

    14.06.2016: The Dative Alternation in English as an L2

    14.06.2016: The Dative Alternation in English as an L2

    08.06.2016: This Is ... Where?

    08.06.2016: This Is ... Where?

    11.-14.05.2016: Wor(l)ds of Trauma

    11.-14.05.2016: Wor(l)ds of Trauma

    04.05.2016: The Typology of Truncation

    04.05.2016: The Typology of Truncation

    03.05.2016: Dreams and the Creative Process

    03.05.2016: Dreams and the Creative Process

    29.01.2016: Die besten amerikanischen Romane des Jahres 2015

    29.01.2016: Die besten amerikanischen Romane des Jahres 2015

    21.07.2015: Cultural Encounters

    21.07.2015: Cultural Encounters