Developing the artistry of the teacher in Steiner/Waldorf Education (Part II)

Foreign Language Teacher Education at Freie Hochschule Stuttgart (Waldorf Teachers College)


  • Peter Lutzker Freie Hochschule Stuttgart



Steiner/Waldorf foreign language teacher education, Sense for language, Linguistic-kinesic behaviour, performative approaches to teacher education,, Performative approaches to teacher education, Performative approaches to literature, Literature in foreign language learning, Foreign language teaching as an art


After describing the general Steiner/Waldorf teacher education program in the previous article (Part I), this article will examine the additional courses specifically required for teaching English as a foreign language. It considers Rudolf Steiner’s concept of a specific ‘sense for language’ as a basis for a performative approach to foreign language teaching and learning and discusses the implications of research on linguistic-kinesic behaviour for foreign language learning and for teacher education at Freie Hochschule Stuttgart (Waldorf Teachers College). It describes performative approaches to teaching poetry and prose fiction and explains the central role which both authentic literature and different forms of informal learning play in Steiner/Waldorf foreign language teaching and learning. Finally, it discusses a Steiner/Waldorf approach to teaching literature rooted in an understanding of teaching as an art.

Author Biography

Peter Lutzker, Freie Hochschule Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Peter Lutzker studied Music and Literature in the United States and Germany. After first working as an orchestra musician, he then studied Steiner/Waldorf Education and became a high school teacher for Music and English in Waldorf Schools in Germany from 1986-2011. From 1991 on, he has been active as a teacher educator in different European countries including Germany, Hungary, Russia and England. Since 2010, he has been a Professor at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart (Waldorf Teachers College). In 2019 he was appointed an Honorary Professor at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. He has written numerous articles and books in English and in German, including “Der Sprachsinn: Sprachwahrnehmung als Sinnesvorgang” 2nd ed. (2017), and the “The Art of Foreign Language Teaching: Improvisation and Drama in Language Learning and Teacher Education” 2nd ed. (2022).


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