Anika Kirschbaum (JMU Würzburg)
The decision about “European Education in School” of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the States in the Federal Republic of Germany declares that every subject in school has to make a contribution to making the European dimension accessible to students. Furthermore, curricula (Lehrpläne) as well as education plans (Bildungspläne) should contain concrete goals, themes and references to appropriate learning contents, exercises and certain attitudes.
The aim of this dissertation is to demonstrate in which ways EFL textbooks can help to make the European dimension accessible to students and therefore make a contribution to the concept of European Education in schools. Thus, a qualitative analysis on contents of EFL textbooks referring to Europe will be undertaken.
In this context, EFL textbooks are an important medium as they are subject to the contents of curricula and education plans and therefore contribute to putting educational standards and underlying educational goals from theory into practice.
Additionally, the theoretical concept of “European Education” will be analyzed and discussed in relation to other didactic approaches such as global and transcultural learning.