German as a Foreign Language and Language for Specific Purposes

Our academic chair has five primary areas of focus:

  • Professional communication is an increasingly key focus of our research and teaching. As such, our research is dedicated, in part, to developing new materials for teaching languages for special purposes.
  • The linguistics of languages for special purposes is a further focus. One central aspect of this is modeling these languages and specialist communication using von Roelcke’s (2022) model of language economy and communicative efficiency.
  • Linguistic variation is a key issue in the field of German as a foreign language and not only with regards to technical communication. Knowledge of the historical, regional, and social variation of the German language is critical to a better understanding of German and other languages.
  • Acquiring and using a foreign language always entails engaging with foreign cultures. Our academic chair has two main areas of research here: Analyzing and interpreting literary texts and reflecting on individual languages (such as Latin, English or French) in the German-speaking world in the past and present.
  • Our master’s program in German as a Foreign Language is not only characterized by its research focus. We also aim to prepare students for later careers in a number of important fields.