At TU Braunschweig, our teaching and research in English Linguistics focuses on the psycho- and sociolinguistic study of English in multilingual contexts. (What is Linguistics?).
In a globalized world, 'English' has diversified into World Englishes as well as learner and contact varieties. For most speakers, English is but one of the languages they speak, most often as a second or third language (L2 or L3). In our seminars, we discuss the structure and use of English in mental and social language contact situations, and the acquisition and processing of English as an L1, L2, and L3.
We present the central topics in English Linguistics and recent research findings in ways that reflect recent innovations in English Linguistics and that are interesting and useful for future teachers and linguists.
Our core curriculum centres on the following areas:
Introduction to Linguistics and the English Language
Descriptive and Contrastive Linguistics (German-English)
Theoretical Linguistics (Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics)
Language Acquisition (e.g. First and Second, Child and Adult, Bi- and Multilingualism)
Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics of English in Multilingual Contexts
In English Linguistics, our research and teaching links up to and is geared to the interests and needs of future teachers. If you study English to be a teacher, we will give you a solid grounding in the analysis of English, the acquisition of English and how languages interact in the minds and the lives of multilingual learners and speakers inside and outside the classroom. Our seminars provide the linguistic foundation for the courses you take in language teaching (Englische Sprache und ihre Didaktik).
We also offer courses as part of the Studienprogramm DaF/DaZ in which you can obtain extra qualifications and certificates for teaching German as a foreign or second language. We also maintain active contacts with the Linguistics section in the Department of German. We also have links with our colleagues at our Institute, who study multilingualism in literature and the media.
Not least, studying English linguistics at TU Braunschweig will qualify you to do a PhD or to continue research in psycholinguistics, language acquisition and applied linguistics.