Michelle Zirkel

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Room 03.19, Luitpoldstr. 19, D-96052 Bamberg

E-Mail: michelle.zirkel(at)uni-bamberg.de

Office hours

Tuesdays from 11-12 am (online, by appointment via e-mail)

During semester breaks: by appointment via e-mail.





Curriculum Vitae

since January 2022: Lecturer and Research Assistant at the Department of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Fachdidaktik Englisch), University of Bamberg

2021: First State Examination (English and Spanish, Gymnasiallehramt); Bachelor of Arts with Distinction (Spanish, English and American Studies)

February 2021-September 2021: Teaching Assistant at Irish Studies Würzburg (ISWÜ) and Academic Tutor, involved in the project of “WueGlobal - Writing, Learning, Digital Connection”, University of Würzburg

April 2020-March 2021: Student Research Assistant at the Department of Teaching English as a Foreign Language, University of Würzburg

2019: Foreign Language Assistant at Glenstal Abbey School, County Limerick (Ireland)

2018-2019: Erasmus+ Term in Spain (Universidad de Zaragoza)

October 2017-January 2022: Academic Tutor at the Department of Teaching English as a Foreign Language, University of Würzburg

2017-2018: Erasmus+ project at Glenstal Abbey School in County Limerick (Ireland) and at Collège du Servois in La Chapelle-en-Serval (France)

2014-2021: Studies in English, Spanish and French for secondary school teaching, University of Würzburg

Research Interests

Learning with (Web) Apps / Digital Media in general

Irish Studies in the EFL classroom

Virtual Reality in the EFL classroom

Inter-, transcultural and global education

Popular Culture in the EFL classroom

Pragmatics in the EFL classroom

Interdisciplinary Teacher Education


DGFF (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fremdsprachenforschung)

EFACIS (The European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies)

IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language)

ISWÜ (Irish Studies Würzburg)


Grund, R., & Zirkel, M. (2022). Leseverstehen mithilfe von song lyrics überprüfen: Grundlegende Überlegungen, Aufgabenformate und ein Beispieltest zum Song Hero of War der Band Rise Against. Englisch 5-10, 58. 30-32.

Judaschke, M. & Zirkel, M. (2022). This will get better: Mithilfe des Songs I Beg to Differvon Billy Talent das Thema mentale Gesundheit in den Fokus rücken. Englisch 5-10, 58. 10-13.

Zirkel, M. (forthcoming). The potential of picturebooks in primary ELE: Fostering language skills and addressing pressing concerns of modern-day society. In: Böttger, H. & Summer, T. (eds.), English in primary education: concepts, research, practice. Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press.

Conferences, Guest Lectures, Presentations, and Workshops

Northern Irish songs in the EFL classroom: theoretical justification and practical suggestions (Talk). IATEFL 55th International Conference & Exhibition, Belfast. 17.-20.05.2022.

Songs in ELT: A survey on university students’ beliefs and their experiences in English lessons (Talk with Theresa Summer and Regina Grund). Anglistentag, Universität Mainz. 02.-05.09.2022.