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Nils Jaekel, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, ESL/World Language Education


Dr. Nils Jäkel received his teaching degree in English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Social Sciences (2008) and German as a Second Language (2009) from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He earned his teacher licensure at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield, UK, in 2010. Returning to Germany, Nils started his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics / Second Language Acquisition at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. In 2015, he received his Ph.D. investigating language learning strategies comparing students in bilingual content-based classrooms and regular EFL classrooms. His research interests include content-based language acquisition in WL and ESL, early L2 acquisition, ELL’s summer regression, individual differences in L2 acquisition particularly language learning strategies and self-efficacy in language learning and teacher education.

Nils has taught a variety of courses including Exploring Individual Differences in the L2 Classroom, Teaching Content and Language Integrated Learning, Introduction to EFL didactics, Teaching short stories in the foreign language classroom, Teaching foreign languages through songs and film. Currently, Nils teaches ESL and ELA methods courses and supervises interns in World Languages and ESL. 



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  • A419 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex
  • Phone: 865-974-4185
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