Scholars at the Institute for English Language and Literature study the language, literature, and cultures of the Anglophone world in the broadest possible sense. They study literature written in the English-speaking world from the 8th century onward, but excluding North America. The major emphases at the Institute are the medieval period, the early modern period, the postcolonial world, literary theory, and cultural studies.
In the field of English linguistics, scholars study the English language in all its global varieties at all levels of linguistic description. In particular, our focus at the Institute is on the study of the grammatical structures of the English language and the historical development of English both with regard to variations in usage as well as in various social settings.
Teaching methodology for English as a foreign language is another important subject handled at the Institute. The aim is to provide a theoretical framework for concepts of teaching and learning and to enable teachers to benefit from the latest research as well as to conduct practice-oriented research at the Institute. It is a crucial component in training university students to become secondary school foreign language teachers.