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Ekaterina Tsvetkova (PhD student of Prof. Dr. Sabine Arndt-Lappe)

Use of that-clauses by learners of English

In this talk Ms Tsvetkova is going to…

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Gastvortrag von Andreas Weilinghoff (TU Dortmund):

Seeking patterns in language: Using ASR technology for linguistic studies

14. Mai 2021, 12:00 -…

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Juniorprof. Dr. Katharina Zahner-Ritter (Universität Trier, Phonetik)

How infants learn to detect word-like units in speech: The role of prosodic…

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Gastvortrag von Prof. Dr. Dagmar Divjak & Dr. Petar Milin (University of Birmingham),
Projektleiter*innen des Forschungsprojekts
Out of Our Minds:…

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https://ebbert09.wixsite.com/lang901/american-stereotypes

In winter semester 2020/2021, students in Carol Ebbert-Hübner's seminar Lang 901 completed…

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Sie haben unser Literaturgespräch zu den englischen Lieblingsromanen am 5.2.2021 verpasst?

Kein Problem, hier finden Sie die Aufzeichnung der…

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Please note that as a result of the coronavirus situation all personal office hours have been cancelled with immediate effect. Please contact staff by…

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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.

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.