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.
Nicholas McGuinn studied English Language and Literature at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he obtained the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. On leaving university, he worked in a range of secondary schools for 14 years before spending a year as Professional Officer for English with the newly formed National Curriculum Council. Over the past 28 years he has worked first at the University of Hull and latterly at the University of York. At both institutions, his main role was to run the secondary English teacher training courses. At York, Nicholas also helped to establish a Bachelor degree course in English and Education. He has been an external examiner for undergraduate, Masters and teacher-training courses in seven British universities. In 2009, he received a Vice Chancellor’s award for teaching and in 2014 was named as one of the Faces at Fifty, in celebration of the University of York’s 50th anniversary. He has worked with teachers of English around the world, including Japan, Pakistan and the Russian Federation. Nicholas is currently a member of two research groups: one based at York and the other at the Western University of Applied Science in Bergen, Norway. His current research interests include the teaching of citizenship, drama and literature. His most recent books are: The English Teacher’s Drama Handbook (2014) and Take Off into English Teaching (2017), both published by Routledge.