Clare Maas

Degree: BA (Wales), MA (Wales), Dip TESOL (Trinity College London)

Clare Maas studied for her BA in Psychology and German Studies at the University of Wales, Swansea and Augsburg University, and her MA in German Studies and Literary Translation at the University of Wales, Swansea. She also holds post-graduate TESOL qualifications from Trinity College London. Before coming to Trier University in 2007, she taught English at two German secondary schools, and English for Specific Purposes at several language academies in the UK and Germany.

Main Areas of Teaching and Research


  • EAP
  • presentation skills
  • academic writing
  • translation studies
  • cultural studies
  • phonetics


  • practical application of SLA theories
  • feedback in EAP
  • translation in ELT
  • teacher development

Professional memberships

  • International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
  • the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing

Selected Publications

  • “Learner-Directed Feedback for EAP writing and academic skills”, ELT Journal (in review)
  • “Boreout: What it is and how to avoid it”, Modern English Teacher (July 2015), pp. 55-6.
  • “Are detailed objectives really necessary in lesson planning?”, The Teacher Trainer Journal (vol 29/1, 2015)
  • “(How) Should we inform learners of lesson & activity aims?” English Language Teacher Education and Development (vol 17, February 2015)
  • “Positive Feedback in the English Language Classroom”, Modern English Teacher (Oct 2011)

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