Basic literature

Basic literature

The following selection of sources provides novice and advanced students with fundamental theories on the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language, as well as with information on how to conduct research in the respective field. The list makes no claim to completeness but merely serves as an orientation.


Introductory Literature:


Burwitz-Melzer, Eva, et al. Handbuch Fremdsprachenunterricht. 6th ed., Narr Francke Attempto, 2016.


Cameron, Lynne. Teaching Languages to Young Learners. Cambridge University Press, 2001.


Doff, Sabine, editor. Heterogenität im Fremdsprachenunterricht. Narr Francke Attempto, 2016.


Ellis, Rod. Understanding Second Language Acquisition. 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2015.


Elsner, Daniela. Kompetenzorientiert unterrichten in der Grundschule. Oldenbourg, 2015.


Grimm, Nancy, et al. Teaching English. Narr Francke Attempto, 2015.


Hallet, Wolfgang, and Frank Königs, editors. Handbuch Bilingualer Unterricht. Klett Kallmeyer, 2013.


Hallet, Wolfgang, and Frank Königs. Handbuch Fremdsprachendidaktik. 2nd ed., Kallmeyer, 2021.


Hedge, Tricia. Teaching and Learning in the Language Classroom. Oxford University Press, 2000.


Howatt, Anthony P.R., and H.G. Widdowson. A History of English Language Teaching. 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2008.


Hüllen, Werner. Kleine Geschichte des Fremdsprachenlernens. Erich Schmidt, 2005.


Lightbown, Patsy M., and Nina Spada. How Languages are Learned. 4th ed., Oxford University Press, 2013.


Mehisto, Peeter, and David Marsh. Uncovering CLIL. Macmillan Books for Teachers, 2008.


Mitchell, Rosamond, et al. Second Language Learning Theories. 4th ed., Routledge, 2019.


Richards, Jack C., and Theodore S. Rodgers. Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching. 3rd ed., Cambridge University Press, 2014.


Surkamp, Carola, editor. Metzler Lexikon Fremdsprachendidaktik. 2nd ed., J.B. Metzler, 2017.


Surkamp, Carola, and Britta Viebrock, editors. Teaching English as a Foreign Language. J.B. Metzler, 2018.



Literature for conducting research projects:


Doff, Sabine, editor. Fremdsprachenunterricht empirisch erforschen. Narr Francke Attempto, 2012.


Caspari, Daniela, et al., editors. Forschungsmethoden in der Fremdsprachendidaktik Englisch. Narr Francke Attempto, 2016.


Giesler, Tim, and Joanna Pfingsthorn, editors. Masters of Reflective Practice. Abschlussarbeiten in der Englischdidaktik. WVT, 2019.


O’Leary, Zina. The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. 3rd ed, Sage, 2017.