DCJA001 Foreign Language Didactics as a Scientific Discipline

Faculty of Education
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. Mgr. Světlana Hanušová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Věra Janíková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Světlana Hanušová, Ph.D.
Department of German Language and Literature – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Helena Rytířová
Supplier department: Department of German Language and Literature – Faculty of Education
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to enable an insight into foreign language didactics as an independent discipline and understand complex issues related to foreign language teaching.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, a student will be able to:
explain the development of aims, content and methods of foreign language teaching;
explain the current approach to foreign language teaching;
outline the didactic basis of their dissertation research.
  • The focus is on the definition of foreign language didactics in two ways: 1. diachronic, which focuses on the development of approaches and methods in foreign language teaching and learning 2. synchronic, which deals with current approaches to foreign language teaching and learning. Main topics:
  • Concepts and objects of foreign language didactics, its structure.
  • Methods and approaches to foreign language teaching.
  • Characteristic features of post-communicative era in foreign language teaching.
  • Research in foreign language didactics.
    required literature
  • BROWN, H. Douglas. Teaching by principles : an interactive approach to language pedagogy. 3rd ed. White Plains: Pearson Education. xvii, 569. ISBN 9780136127116. 2007. info
  • Approaches and methods in language teaching : a description and analysis. Edited by Jack C. Richards - Theodore S. Rodgers. 7. vyd. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. viii, 171. ISBN 0521320933. 1991. info
    recommended literature
  • Hall, G. (ed) Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching. Taylor & Francis Ltd, 2016
  • Handbuch Fremdsprachenunterricht. Edited by Karl-Richard Bausch - Hans-Jürgen Krumm - Eva Burwitz-Melzer - Grit M. 6., völlig überarbeitete u. Tübingen: A. Francke Verlag. xxi, 692. ISBN 9783825286552. 2016. info
  • DECKE-CORNILL, Helene and Lutz KÜSTER. Fremdsprachendidaktik : eine Einführung. 2., durchgesehene Auflage. Tübingen: Narr Verlag. xii, 291. ISBN 9783823368656. 2014. info
  • WESKAMP, Ralf. Fachdidaktik: Grundlagen und Konzepte : Anglistik, Amerikanistik. 1. Aufl. Berlin: Cornelsen. 240 s. ISBN 3464006352. 2001. info
Teaching methods
lecture, class discussion
Assessment methods
Examination. Students submit a seminar paper in which they discuss the didactic basis of their dissertation projects. Discussion.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught each semester.
The course is taught: in blocks.
The course is also listed under the following terms autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022.
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