Postgraduate degree programme:

M.A. E-LINGO – Teaching English to Young Learners (Pre-school and Primary School)

What makes E-LINGO special? COVID-19 guidance Online chat for prospective students

E-LINGO is a part-time two-year post-graduate blended-learning master´s programme leading to a qualification in the teaching of English to young learners. It is an excellent form of professional development for pre-school and primary school language teachers. The E-LINGO master´s award also gives access to degree courses in teacher education and research at university level.

Applications for our new course starting in October 2020 are now open! The deadline has been extended until 30 June!

Should travel and other social distancing restrictions still be in place in October 2020, the university may consider possible remote formats of delivery for the first Face-to-Face meeting of the Winter Semester 2020.

Corona Virus Covid-19 guidance

Guidance for applicants – documentation for applications

Many prospective applicants may not be able to access all the necessary documents, as universities and other institutions are still adjusting to the new situation caused by the outbreak. Please send whichever documents you have with your applications – they do not need to be officially certified: missing documents can be submitted later.

Face-to-face meeting in October

Critical situations demand imaginative solutions and the University of Education is looking at ways to deliver the content of the introductory, campus-based Face-to-Face meeting online (remote delivery).

In line with current advice issued by the government, the University of Education in Freiburg has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Normally, our first two-day Face-to-Face meeting, scheduled for October 2020, takes place on-campus in Freiburg, Germany. However, in view of the unusual and critical situation we are facing due to the unprecedented spread of the Covid-19 virus, the university is currently looking at ways to deliver content online (remote delivery) should this prove necessary if national and international travel and other restrictions are still in place.

As the rest of the semester’s modules will be delivered online in distance-learning format, students will, as always with E-Lingo, be able to work from home, so that normal teaching will continue.

We will continue to regularly update these pages with the latest advice and guidance for applicants.


Online chat

For prospective students, we offer the opportunity to chat via Skype with one of our course advisors. Interested parties should e-mail Vivienne Mellor-Schwartze  ( Please send her your Skype contact name/tag, so that she can contact you and agree on a time slot.

What makes E-LINGO special?

E-LINGO is a well-established master´s programme, which has successfully qualified teachers of English for young learners for more than a decade. It has received excellent reviews and has been used as a model for other blended-learning teacher qualification courses. E-LINGO was developed on behalf of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung.

  • Acknowledges your work experience

    Previous work experience is one of the entry requirements and makes up 60 of the 240 credit points necessary to start the MA programme.

  • Blended learning

    A flexible post-graduate programme combining 5 x 2 days of face-to-face teaching sessions on-campus in Freiburg, Germany and distance-learning online.

  • Flexibility

    Part-time study allows you to combine academic study with work or other commitments. The majority of the programme is delivered online using the E-LINGO learning platform.

  • Integration of language and content

    Language skills and teaching methodology are developed simultaneously by completing coursework in English, supported by native speakers.

  • Theory and practice

    You will have the opportunity to develop research skills and gain practical experience through the combination of theory and practice. You will:

    • discuss recent theories of teaching language to young learners and consider how they can be applied in authentic contexts
    • analyse authentic classroom videos and teaching/learning resources for primary and pre-school education
    • cooperate to develop classroom research projects in authentic teaching contexts
    • participate in a two-week placement in a language classroom.
  • An international master´s programme

    The E-LINGO master´s award is fully Bologna-compatible, which means that it is recognized across Europe and respected world-wide.

    E-LINGO attracts students from all over the world. The programme enables you to gain insights into a range of teaching contexts and to share your experience with teaching professionals as well as students from diverse backgrounds.

What our students say


E-LINGO has qualified students from all over the world since 2005. Students evaluations have been excellent throughout. Two evaluation studies (Benitt 2015; Zibelius 2015) have confirmed that E-LINGO successfully qualifies students for the teaching of young learners.

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About the University of Education

The University of Education, Freiburg (in German: Pädagogische Hochschule, or PH for short) was founded in 1962 and gained university status in 1971. With approximately 4,800 students, it is the largest of six Universities of Education in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, which is known throughout Germany for the high quality of its education.

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