Prof. Dr. Theresa Summer

Jr.-Prof. of English Language Education
Juniorprofessur für Fachdidaktik Englisch
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Contact

Raum 00.03
An der Universität 9
96047 Bamberg

theresa.summer(at)uni-bamberg.de

    Office hours / Sprechstunde

    Tuesdays from 12-13hrs (online) and by appointment.
    Please register via email.

    CV

    • Since April 2021: Jr-Prof. of English Language Education (Fachdidaktik Englisch), University of Bamberg (W1 with tenure track W2)
    • August 2016-March 2021: Lecturer of English Language Education, University of Würzburg (Abordnung)
    • 2018: University Teaching Certificate (Zertifikat Hochschullehre der Bayerischen Universitäten)
    • April 2018-July 2018: Parental leave, birth of my second child
    • January 2016-July 2016: Parental leave, birth of my first child
    • 2012-2015: Secondary school teacher of English and Music (Realschule in Großostheim; Hösbach)
    • 2012: Second state examination (English and Music, Realschullehramt)
    • 2010-2012: Teacher training programme in Bavaria (Referendariat)
    • 2010: PhD (Dr. phil.) in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, University of Würzburg, Bildungsforschungspreis 2012
    • 2007-2010: PhD student and lecturer at the University of Würzburg, full-time scholarship sdw (Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft), guest lecturer and visiting scholar in London, Auckland, Hong Kong
    • 2007: First state examination (English and Music, Realschullehramt)
    • 2002-2007: Studies in English and Music for secondary school teaching at the University of Würzburg and Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg, sdw scholarship, Erasmus term in Barcelona (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), international TEFL certificate in Prague
    • 2001: European Baccalaureate, European School in Culham (Oxfordshire)

    Research interests

    • Pop/media culture
    • Critical language pedagogy and taboos
    • Global education and ecopedagogy
    • Grammar education

    Publications

    Books

    • Summer, Theresa (in preparation). Pop Culture in English Language Education: From Theory to Practice. Erich Schmidt Verlag.
    • Summer, Theresa (2011). An Evaluation of Methodological Options for Grammar Instruction in EFL Textbooks: Are Methods Dead?, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter.

    Edited volumes

    • Ludwig, Christian & Summer, Theresa (Eds.) (in preparation). Taboos and Challenging Topics in Foreign Language Education.
    • Summer, Theresa (Ed.) (2019). Culture and Literature in EFL Education: Relating Theory to Practice. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
    • Eisenmann, Maria & Summer, Theresa (Eds.) (2012, 2013: 2nd ed., 2013: 3rd ed.). Basic Issues in EFL Teaching and Learning, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter.

    Edited journals

    • Summer, Theresa (Ed.) (2020). Englisch 5-10 [Pop Culture], Heft 49. Friedrich Verlag, Hannover.
    • Summer, Theresa (Ed.) (2018). Englisch 5-10 [Pronunciation], Heft 41. Friedrich Verlag, Hannover.
    • Summer, Theresa (Ed.) (2016). Englisch 5-10 [Celebrities], Heft 34. Friedrich Verlag, Hannover.

    Contributions

    • Summer, Theresa (2021). Eco-songs in foreign language education. In Valentin Werner & Friederike Tegge (Eds.), Pop Culture in Language Education: Theory, Research, Practice (pp. 136-150). London: Routledge.
    • Summer, Theresa (2020). Grammar Education in the Global Village: A Guideline for Grammar Activity Design. In Roland Ißler & Uwe Küchler (Eds.), Impulse zur Fremdsprachendidaktik – Issues in Foreign Language Education, (pp. 305-336). Bonn: V&R unipress.
    • Bastkowski, Martin & Summer, Theresa (2020). Grammatik bewegungsreich vermitteln: Wie sich sprachliche Phänomene motivierend einführen lassen. Englisch 5-10, 51, pp. 24-29.
    • Summer, Theresa (2020). Multimodal Literature in ELT: Theory and Practice. CLELEjournal 8 (20), pp. 52-73. (with Maria Eisenmann) http://clelejournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Multimodal-Literature-in-ELT-Theory-and-Practice-CLELE-8.1.pdf
    • Bastkowski, Martin / Brose, Claudia / Kuty, Margitta / Raith, Thomas / Straeter-Lietz, Claudia / Summer, Theresa (2020). The Ingredients of a Good English Lesson: Was eine gute Englischstunde ausmacht und wie man sie plant. Englisch 5-10, 50, pp. 30-33.
    • Summer, Theresa (2020). Teaching pop: Pop culture literacy im Englischunterricht. Englisch 5-10, 49, pp. 28-31.
    • Summer, Theresa (2019). Romeo and Juliet goes pop: developing literature-related competences through illustrated texts, videos, and songs. In Eisenmann, Maria (Ed.). Teaching the Bard Today – Shakespeare-Didaktik in Forschung und Lehre (pp. 163-187), Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
    • Summer, Theresa (2019). Integrating Authentic Texts from Pop Culture in EFL Education. In: Summer, Theresa (Ed), Culture and Literature in EFL Education: Relating Theory to Practice (pp. 149-175). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
    • Summer, Theresa (2018). Fostering Gender Competence through Music Videos in Foreign Language Education. In Eisenmann, Maria & Ludwig, Christian (Eds.), Queer Beats: Gender and Literature in the EFL Classroom (pp. 39-66).  Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
    • Summer, Theresa (2018). Pronunciation training: Effektive und kreative Ausspracheförderung im Englischunterricht. Englisch 5-10, 41, pp. 28-31.
    • Summer, Theresa (2018). An Analysis of Pop Songs for Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Bridging the Gap Between Corpus Analysis and Teaching Practice. In Valentin Werner (Ed.), The Language of Pop Culture (pp. 187-209). New York: Routledge.
    • Summer, Theresa (2017). Speak with me! Mit einfachen Strategien kommunikative Kompetenzen fördern. Englisch 5-10, 39, pp. 28-31.
    • Summer, Theresa (2016). Tasks und kompetenzorientierte Lernaufgaben: Theoretische Grundlagen und Konzeption für die Praxis. Englisch 5-10, 34, pp. 28-32.
    • Summer, Theresa (2016). Lehr-/Lernmaterialien und Medien zum Grammatiklernen. In Eva Burwitz-Melzer, Grit Mehlhorn, Claudia Riemer, Karl-Richard Bausch & Hans-Jürgen Krumm (Eds.), Handbuch Fremdsprachenunterricht (pp. 448-452). 6th ed. Tübingen: A. Francke.
    • Summer, Theresa (2016). Verfügen über sprachliche Mittel: Grammatik. In Eva Burwitz-Melzer, Grit Mehlhorn, Claudia Riemer, Karl-Richard Bausch & Hans-Jürgen Krumm (Eds.), Handbuch Fremdsprachenunterricht (pp. 126-131). 6th ed. Tübingen: A. Francke.
    • Summer, Theresa (2015). Music and CLIL: Potentiale für inhaltsorientiertes Englischlernen mit Musik. Englisch 5-10, 31, pp. 30-33.
    • Summer, Theresa (2012). Introduction: From Method to Postmethod. In Maria Eisenmann & Theresa Summer (Eds.), Basic Issues in EFL Teaching and Learning (pp. 1-14). Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter.
    • Eisenmann, Maria & Summer, Theresa (2012). Oral Tests: Preparing and Testing Students. In Maria Eisenmann & Theresa Summer (Eds.), Basic Issues in EFL Teaching and Learning (pp. 415-428), Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter.
    • Summer, Theresa (2011). Many Kinds of Minds = Many Approaches? Individual Learner Differences and Task-based Language Teaching. In Maria Eisenmann, Maria (Ed.), Differenzierung im Englischunterricht (pp. 56-72). Eichstätt: Eichstaett Academic Press.
    • Summer, Theresa (2010). Key Concept: Learner Autonomy, Profil, 2, pp. 7-10. opus.bibliothek. uni-wuerzburg.de/volltexte/2010/4992/
    • Summer, Theresa (2010), The Role of English Songs in Students’ Lives: A Survey Report. In Gabriele Blell & Rita Kupetz (Eds.), Der Einsatz von Musik und die Entwicklung von Audio-Literacy im Fremdsprachenunterricht (pp. 317-329). Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang.
    • Summer, Theresa (2009). Teaching Grammar through Songs: Theoretical Claims and Practical Implications, VIEWS (Vienna English Working Papers) 18 (3), pp. 225-227. anglistik. univie.ac.at/views/
    • Summer, Theresa (2021). Applying Ecomusicology to foreign language education. Ecozon@ 12 (1), pp. 50-65. https://ecozona.eu/article/view/3857/4923
    • Summer, Theresa (2021). Digital competence in a global world. In Christiane Lütge & Thorsten Merse (Eds.), Digital Teaching and Learning: Perspectives for English Language Education, (pp. 185-206). Tübingen: Narr.

    Reviews

    • Summer, Theresa (2020). Mit bewegten Bildern Kreativität wecken: Abwechslungsreiche Anregungen für die Filmarbeit im Unterricht. Englisch 5-10, 52, p. 39.
    • Summer, Theresa (2020). Let’s play some games: Kommunikative Wortschatzspiele für den Englischunterricht. Englisch 5-10, 49, p. 39.
    • Summer, Theresa (2014). Review: Ahrens, Rüdiger (Ed.) The Construction of the Other in Early Modern Britain: Attraction, Rejection, Symbiosis, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2013”. In: Renaissance Quarterly, 67 (4), pp. 1373-1375.
    • Summer, Theresa (2010). Review: Delanoy, Werner & Volkmann, Laurenz (Eds.). Future Perspectives for English Language Teaching, Heidelberg: Winter, 2008. In Rüdiger Ahrens & Heinz Antor (Eds.). Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies, 21(2), pp. 233-235.

    Teaching Materials  

    • Summer, Theresa (2020). A druidess foretells the future: Bei einem Laufdiktat das will-future entdecken und neue Strukturen variantenreich trainieren. Englisch 5-10, 51, pp. 8-10.
    • Summer, Theresa (2020). Sorry, I left my book at home: Classroom phrases aus einem Hörtext erwerben, üben und sichern. Englisch 5-10, 50, pp. 4-6.
    • Summer, Theresa (2020). What does Covid-19 really teach us? Lerneinheit für die Klassen 9 und 10. Friedrich Verlag. https://www.friedrich-verlag.de/bildung-plus/gesundheit-und-schule/corona-virus-schule/covid-19-what-does-it-really-teach-us/
    • Summer, Theresa (2020). An App a Day: Edu-Apps ausprobieren und präsentieren. Englisch 5-10, 49, pp. 4-7.
    • Summer, Theresa (2020). So many things! Wortschatz zu everyday objects spielerisch trainieren. Englisch 5-10, 49, pp. 8-11.
    • Summer, Theresa (2020). Tough boys and weak girls? Anhand von Werbespots gender stereotypes kritisch hinterfragen. Englisch 5-10, 49, pp. 24-27.
    • Schulbuch Red Line 3 Bayern (co-author), Stuttgart: Klett, 2019.
    • Workbook Red Line 3 Bayern (co-author), Stuttgart: Klett, 2019.
    • Summer, Theresa (2019). A greener Christmas: Ein Video über nachhaltige Weihnachten drehen. Englisch 5-10, 48, pp. 12-15.
    • Workbook Red Line 2 Bayern (co-author), Stuttgart: Klett, 2018.
    • Summer, Theresa (2018). Localise the tenses! Zeitformen wiederholen und im Klassenzimmer verorten. Englisch 5-10, 44, pp. 4-7.
    • Summer, Theresa (2018). Let’s Write a New Hit! Einen eigenen Pop Song schreiben. Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch (152), pp. 12-15.
    • Summer, Theresa (2018). The secret house party: Besonderheiten der englischen Aussprache erkennen und trainieren. Englisch 5-10, 41, pp. 12-15.
    • Chowanetz, Elisabeth & Summer, Theresa (2018). English around the world: Sprachvarianten erkennen und Englisch als Weltsprache erfahren. Englisch 5-10, 41, pp. 16-19.
    • Summer, Theresa (2017). Intercultural encounters – Anhand von Lernaufgaben interkulturelle Kompetenzen zu den Themen Begrüßung, Essen und Umgangsformen im alltäglichen Leben entwickeln (Klasse 6/7) RAAbits Englisch Mai.
    • Summer, Theresa (2017). Activities in NYC: Ein Video über New York sehen und verstehen. Englisch 5-10, 38, pp. 4-7.
    • Summer, Theresa (2016). Holy Fudge and Fiddlesticks! Englische Schimpfwörter verstehen und kreativ umgehen. Englisch 5-10, 36, pp. 14-17.
    • Summer, Theresa (2016). Music celebrities: einen Musikstar erraten und präsentieren. Englisch 5-10, 34, pp. 4-7.
    • Summer, Theresa (2016). Emma Watson: HeForShe Campaign – eine überzeugende Rede halten. Englisch 5-10, 34, pp. 20-23.
    • Summer, Theresa (2016). Für Zwischendurch: Celebrity quiz cards. Englisch 5-10, 34, pp. 36-37.
    • Summer, Theresa (2016). Let’s do magic! Einen Zaubertrick lesen, einüben und vorführen. Englisch 5-10, 33, pp. 4-7.
    • Summer, Theresa (2015). I wanna be the next superstar! – Mit superstar- und judges-Karten kommunikative Kompetenzen üben. Englisch 5-10, 31, pp. 36-39.
    • Summer, Theresa (2015). Talking about Music: Interactive Speaking Tests. Englisch 5-10, 31 (3), pp. 32-35.
    • Summer, Theresa (2015), A blog post: Jackson and Mozart. Reading, speaking und writing skills trainieren.Englisch 5-10, 31 (3), pp. 12-15.
    • Summer, Theresa (2015). Shopping food at Camden Lock Market: Vokabular und chunks zum Thema take away food im interkulturellen Kontext kommunikativ anwenden. Englisch 5-10, 29, pp. 16-19.
    • Summer, Theresa (2014). Telling the time in English: Die Uhrzeiten benennen und in kommunikativen Situationen anwenden können. Englisch 5-10, 26, pp. 8-11.
    • Summer, Theresa (2014). Time to play UNO’clock: Mit einem Kartenspiel die Uhrzeiten festigen. Englisch 5-10, 26, p. 36.

    Current projects

    • Pop/media culture in English education: Learners today encounter various symbolic resources through digital media and pop culture. In this research project pop and media culture is investigated to explore the importance of developing pop culture literacy in English language education. This includes the development of a pop culture discourse, and an exploration of the pedagogic potential of pop culture artefacts such as songs, multimodal literature, and film as well as implications for educational practices.
    • Taboos and challenging topics in foreign language education: Due to the omnipresence of taboos and challenging topics in learners’ lives through social media particularly, this project aims to investigate the potential of such topics for foreign language education. Taboos, often described through the acronym PARSNIP (politics, alcohol, religion, narcotics, sex, isms, and pork), become apparent in language, communication, (pop) culture, and various areas of everyday life. As such, this research project aims to explore this topic empirically, from the perspective of learners and university students. The aim is to develop a pedagogic concept for dealing with taboos in foreign language and teacher education.
    • Global education and ecopedagogy: Bringing about a world of greater justice is one of the key goals of education. In this context, foreign language education also plays an important role in developing learners’ global competence and fostering critical environmental literacies. The aim of this project is to investigate the potential of different types of artefacts such as songs and picturebooks to examine their capacities for fostering various competencies among learners of English.

    Presentations & workshops

    • Literary canon versus YouTube channels? Hunting for YouTube shorts in ELT (online symposium: Born-digital Texts in the Foreign Language Classroom, Freie Universität Berlin & University of Hertfordshire, 16.01.2021*)      
    • Moving on: Grammar in motion and competence-based (guest lecture at the University of Jena, Laurenz Volkmann, 02.12.2020*)
    • Those who must (not) be named!? – Addressing taboo topics in the light of critical language pedagogy (with Christian Ludwig, online symposium: Taboo topics in foreign language education, University of Würzburg, 13.11.2020)
    • A survey of learners’ perspectives on integrating taboo topics in English language education (with Jeanine Steinbock, online symposium: Taboo topics in foreign language education, University of Würzburg, 13.11.2020)
    • University students’ perspectives on addressing taboo issues in language teacher education (with Christian Ludwig, online symposium: Taboo topics in foreign language education, University of Würzburg, 13.11.2020)
    • What happened when we all stopped? Environmental learning through digital picturebooks in times of crisis (LiLLT/Literature in Language Teaching and Learning, online symposium: Taking literature online in times of crisis, 23.10.2020*)
    • ‘What have we done to the world?’ Environmental learning through eco-songs (workshop, 5. TEFL Day 2020: Environmental learning in the EFL classroom, University of Würzburg, 05.03.2020*)
    • Let’s take pop songs seriously! Developing gender competence and environmental awareness through pop songs (guest lecture at the lecture series: Applied Linguistics by Valentin Werner, University of Bamberg, 24.06.2019*)
    • Multimodal teenagers’ literature: potential for the EFL classroom and students’ perceptions (guest lecture in the lecture series: Reading in the classroom, reading for the world by Maria Eisenmann & Catrin Gersdorf, University of Würzburg, 06.11.2019*)
    • Exploring environmental (in)justice in EFL education through pop culture artefacts (symposium Teaching for Environmental Justice: Environmental Education and the EFL Classroom, University of Würzburg, 09.02.2019*)
    • Crossing borders through literature: potentials of multimodal teenagers’ literature (with Maria Eisenmann, conference Language Education across Borders, University of Graz, 10.12.2017)
    • A method guide for teaching Shakespeare: graphic novels, films, music, and songs (Shakespeare conference, Burkardushaus Würzburg, 24.11.2017*)
    • An analysis of pop songs for teaching English as a foreign language (Workshop: Pop culture in Linguistics; ISLE4/International Society for the Linguistics of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland, 21.09.2016*)
    • A method guide for teaching Shakespeare: graphic novels, films, music and songs (Shakespeare conference „Macht, Intrigen, Krisen und Skandale – The Bard will teach you“, at „Der Wolfsburg“, 31.10.2015*)
    • Grammar teaching and testing today: Challenges and ways forward (GMF-regional conference, University of Augsburg, 09.10.2015*)
    • Grammar teaching in the global village: Get it right (guest lecture at the lecture series „Impulse zur Fremdsprachendidaktik – Issues in Foreign Language Education“, Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 17.11.2014*)
    • Intercultural tasks for basic users of English (GMF Bundeskongress, Frankfurt, 22.3.2014)
    • How to Design Creative, Communicative and Engaging Grammar Activities: Principles for Task Design (Workshop, Realschultag Englisch, Würzburg, 28.02.2013*)
    • Designing Song-based Tasks for the EFL Classroom (Realschultag Englisch, Freising, 31.3.2011*)
    • Are Drills Dead? The Role of Grammar Exercises in EFL Textbooks (poster presentation, DGFF-Kongress, Leipzig, 30.9-3.10.2009)
    • Presentation PhD project (Bayerische Tagung für Fremdsprachenlehrer GMF, Nürnberg, 23. - 24.9.2009)
    • Many Kinds of Minds = Many Approaches? Individual Learner Differences and Task-Based Language Teaching, (Conference „Differenzierung im Englischunterricht“, Erlangen-Nürnberg, 12. - 13.3.2009)

    (* = invited)

    Functions

    Conferences and events

    • TEFL lecture series
      • “English in primary education: Concepts, research, practice”, summer term 2021 (University of Bamberg, in cooperation with the project WegE)
    • Symposium on Taboo topics
      • Part 2: Mental health (forthcoming) (with Maria Eisenmann and Christian Ludwig): Symposium & TEFL Day at the University of Würzburg, 26.-27. November 2021
      • Part 1: Taboo topics in foreign language education, November 2020 (with Christian Ludwig)
    • DGFF-Kongress “Sprachen, Kulturen, Identitäten - Umbrüche durch Digitalisierung”, 25.-28. September 2019 at the University of Würzburg (co-organiser)

    Memberships

    • AKED: Arbeitskreis der Englischdidaktikerinnen & -didaktiker an bayerischen Universitäten
    • Deutscher Anglistenverband
    • DHV (Deutscher Hochschulverband)
    • DGFF (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fremdsprachenforschung)
    • E&M (Verband Englisch & Mehrsprachigkeit)