This series is devoted to foreign language acquisition and teaching. The focus is on the acquisition of German as a foreign language and on the history of acquiring foreign languages in the German language area. Until the 18th century, Latin was the relevant foreign language taught in schools. In the 17th century, French became school subject, alongside with Italian and Spanish. Later, English was introduced, whereas other languages were rarely taught in the German language area. German was an important foreign language especially in Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.
Emphasis is laid on the history of language, language contact research, sociolinguistics and language didactics. This series deals with questions concerning grammar, lexicology and psycholinguistics, but also pragmatics (e.g. language etiquette), content (e.g. pictures of nations) and language politics.