Institute of English Languages and Literatures

The Ottilie-Wildermuth Visiting Chair of Teaching English as a Foreign Language

The Ottilie-Wildermuth Visiting Chair of Teaching English as a Foreign Language brings internationally renowned Literary and Cultural Studies or Linguistics scholars to the English Department at the University of Tübingen, where they will share their expertise in the areas of heterogeneity, diversity, inclusion, identity, language acquisition and language learning. The dialogues initiated by these visiting scholars will enrich the English Department and the newly established Tübingen School of Education by adding international perspectives to current approaches as to better support future teachers to deal with changing demands in the profession. In particular German teacher-training concepts are currently facing the challenges of inclusive schooling, increasing poly-culturalism, and global migration. The students will profit not only from the visiting professors’ expertise in their specific areas of pedagogical research but especially from their profound knowledge and experience of educational systems around the world. The students’ engagement with the visiting professors’ respective areas of research will generate particularly productive spin-offs for final Bachelor and Master theses. 

The broader relevance of the Visiting Chair resides in its cooperation with the TÜSE and other state teacher’s-training and professional qualification instances in Tübingen. The Visiting Chair will generate cross-disciplinary impulses connecting language teaching, education and migration studies, well beyond the disciplinary borders of English and American studies. The Visiting Chair will embed English teacher’s-training in Tübingen in a network of global relationships and emergent research projects and thereby contribute to the establishment of a resolutely international foreign language pedagogics in one of Germany’s oldest universities.

Wildermuth-Chair Summer term 2019: Dr. Amanda Naylor (York)

Dr Amanda Naylor is a Senior Lecturer in English and Education at the University of York, where she is the Programme Leader for the BA English in Education.  Amanda has taken up the Ottilie-Wiildermuth-Chair in the Teaching of English Language and Literature at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, from April to September 2019.   Her main research interests are the teaching of literature and poetry, teacher training and digital pedagogy. Amanda has experience of teaching and management in Secondary, Further and Higher Education settings. Amanda has been an Advanced Skills Teacher in English, Head of English in two comprehensive schools, a lecturer in FE and Subject Lead for the University of Hull PGCE English programme.

Amanda is involved in research projects on mobile and digital learning, teaching poetry post-16 and into exploring the potential of literary texts to enable international, intercultural dialogue about citizenship.  Her most recent publications are ‘Shakespeare, Turgenev (and Kalashnikov) in Siberia’ (2018) In Students, Places and Identities in English and the Arts and ‘Deep learning; Enriching teacher training through mobile technology and international collaboration in the  International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning.  She is editing a forthcoming book to be published by Bloomsbury later in the year, Transforming Teacher Education with Mobile Technologies, with Professor Kevin Burden of Hull University.

Wildermuth Lecture Summer 2019

Visiting Professor Dr. Amanda Naylor

(University of York, 3rd Ottilie Wildermuth Chair for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language)

„Using William Golding’s Lord of the Flies to Support International and Intercultural Dialogue about Citizenship"

Datum:  Montag, 06. Mai 2019,  18 Uhr c.t. HS37 oder R. 215 Neuphilologicum, Wilhelmstraße 50.

(Im Fall einer Raumänderung wird dies per Aushang bekannt gegeben).

Die Veranstaltungsankündigung als PDF finden Sie hier.

Welcoming Addresses

Prof. Dr. Andrea Weber, Prof. Dr. Uwe Küchler, Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer (English Department); Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bohl (Tübingen School of Education); StD’in Inge Straß (Staatliches Seminar)

StD’in Ellen Butzko (Regierungspräsidium Tübingen)
Introductory Words: Prof. Dr. Uwe Küchler

Im Anschluss wird es einen kleinen Empfang geben.


Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer        Prof. Dr. Uwe Küchler    Prof. Dr. Andrea Weber