Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

CV

 

Junior Professor Dr. Tomas Kos

Date and country of birth: 17.04.1976, Czech Republic

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Fachdidaktik Englisch
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin
Tel.: +49(0)15231925024

E-Mail: tomas.kos@hu-berlin.de

 

An applied linguist with a solid research background and 25 years of teaching experience at university, secondary, and primary school levels in various countries. I am interested in developing a career that combines teaching and research while maintaining my interest in foreign and second language classroom research.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

University of Lancaster, UK (2013-2017)

Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics by Thesis and Coursework program

Thesis: ‘Peer interactions in mixed-age English as a foreign language (EFL) secondary school classrooms in Germany.’ Supervisor: Dr. Jenefer Philp.

Modules completed: Task-Based Language Teaching, Qualitative Methods for Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Critical Approaches to Social Data for Applied Linguistics, Classroom Research Quantitative Data Analysis for Applied Linguistics, New Directions in Language Analysis

 

University of Sheffield, UK (2006-2009)

MA in Advanced Japanese Studies

Thesis and annotated translation: ‘Abilities and skills demanded in contemporary Japanese society’

Modules included English to Japanese translation, Japanese to English translation, Writing in Japanese  

 

University of Liberec, CR (1994-1999)

MA in Education (German language/History)

Thesis title: ‘Grammar teaching at the early stages of learning German as a foreign language’

Modules included Syntax, Morphology, Semantics, Phonetics, Didactics, Child Psychology, Pedagogy  

               

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Junior-Professor, Humboldt University to Berlin, Department of English and American Studies, English Language Education (September, 2021 - now)

  • Teaching seminars related to English education didactics
  • Research in the field of EFL and CLIL teaching in primary, secondary, and high schools
  • Participation in research networks focusing on multilingual education
  • Development of pre-service and in-service teacher education programs
  • Development of new course modules for language teaching
  • Administrative responsibilities as directed by the Head of the Faculty

 

Researcher, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Department of

Primary Education (April, 2021-August, 2021)

  • Teaching seminars related to English education didactics
  • Research in the field of EFL teaching in primary schools
  • Administrative responsibilities as directed by the Head of School

 

Researcher/Lecturer with special responsibilities, University of Leipzig, Germany, Department of

Primary and Pre-Primary Education (August, 2019-present)

  • Teaching seminars related to English and general education didactics
  • Tutoring students during a school internship
  • Development of new course modules for primary school language teaching
  • Research in the field of EFL teaching in primary and secondary schools
  • Administrative responsibilities as directed by the Head of School

 

Classroom teacher, Freie Alternativschule Dresden, Germany (August 2015 – July 2019)

  • Classroom teaching of a 4-6 mixed-age class
  • Teaching English as a foreign language
  • Teaching German as a first language, Project learning, History, Geography and PE
  • Designing English course materials and syllabi
  • Organizing school events and projects

 

Instructor of German as a foreign language, TU Dresden, Germany (April-July, 2018)  

  • Teaching German as a foreign language (4 hours a week)
  • Student assessment

 

Classroom teacher, Schkola, Ebersbach, Germany (January 2009 – July 2014)

  • Classroom teaching of a 7-9 mixed-age class
  • Teaching English as a foreign language to classes 4-10
  • Conducting English and Czech language teachers’ training
  • Designing English course syllabi and materials
  • Organizing school events and projects

 

English language teacher, Sasaguri, Japan (April 2002- August 2009)

  • Teaching English as a foreign language to at primary and secondary public schools
  • Planning and facilitating educational meetings related to language teaching
  • Conducting routine teachers’ training
  • Translating and interpreting between Japanese and English
  • Coaching a secondary school table tennis team

 

Lecturer of English and German language, National Taiwan University, Taiwan (July 2000-March, 2001)

  • Teaching German and English language
  • Assisting with program development and students’ assessment
  • Instructor training, coordinating and planning of university cultural events

 

 

TAUGHT UNIVERSITY COURSES

 

  • Grundkurs – Einführung in die Fachdidaktik Englisch
  • Masterkolloquium
  • Teaching through peer interaction
  • Topic-based language teaching
  • Planning for the Primary EFL Classroom
  • Methods and Techniques for the Communicative Language Classroom
  • Literature, Culture and Media in the Primary English Classroom
  • Teaching Practicum
  • Exploring Connections between Interaction and Learning
  • Academic Writing in English
  • German Grammar
  • German Conversation for Beginners
  • Academic Writing in German

 

 

RESEARCH SKILLS

 

  • Mixed-method research methodology and uses
  • Classroom research methodology and uses
  • Planning, piloting, classroom observation, note-taking, video, and audio-recording, interviewing
  • Skills in transcription and computer-assisted quantitative and qualitative data analysis software SPSS, R, NVivo and Atlas-ti
  • Designing and analyzing questionnaires

 

 

AWARDS

 

  • TOEFL award for student research at the Task-based Language Teaching conference in Loewen, Belgium, 2016

 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

  • Peer collaboration among young learners and young adolescents in FL language classrooms
  • Collaborative writing among young learners and young adolescents in FL language classrooms
  • Teacher and peer mediation in primary and secondary school FL classrooms
  • Connecting language learning and peer relationships during peer interactions in primary and secondary school FL classrooms
  • Teaching practices in mixed-age and mixed-ability classrooms
  • Content and language integrated learning (CLIL) in primary and secondary school FL classrooms
  • Tasks – to what extent and how they work for foreign language primary and secondary school learners
  • Multilingual and plurilingual teaching practices
  • Learner autonomy and agency

                            

                                                                                       

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 1 (2006)
  • Table tennis coach