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Supplementary Program

Bilingual Teaching and Study


Degree Supplementary Program
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language German
Admission restrictions none
Further information Website (German only)

Short profile

The “Bilingual Teaching and Study” program is a certificate course that can be completed in addition to a regular teaching degree. It is designed for students of English and a non-language subject who are interested in teaching this subject in English.

Through the courses offered and additional program requirements, students can deepen their theoretical knowledge of second language acquisition, of the principles and practices of bilingual education and of research in this field. Core questions explored throughout the program include: How are languages learned or acquired? How can a foreign language be used to teach non-language subjects? How can bilingual teaching practice be enhanced through research?

To obtain the certificate, students must complete four courses, a four-month stay abroad, a four-week internship at a bilingual school (including a final report) and an oral examination. Details regarding all program requirements can be found on the website of the AG-Diversitätsstudien (German only).

Knowledge and skills

In addition to studying English and a non-language subject (e.g., History, Art, etc.), students must be enrolled in the M.A. in Education at TU Dortmund University or another university in North Rhine-Westphalia. Already practicing teachers who studied English and a non-language subject are also welcome to enroll.

Professional fields

Students who have completed the program will be equipped to teach their non-language subject in English in the school category for which they have earned their teaching degree. Students will receive a certificate upon completion of the program, which is awarded in addition to the degree of Master of Arts in Education.

Because of the increasing number of schools in North Rhine-Westphalia offering bilingual programs and paths, the “Bilingual Teaching and Study” certificate can be an advantage when applying for teaching posts.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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