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Digitization and intercultural media formation in international teaching and research collaborations in DaF/DaZ 

In this project, a teaching and research cooperation between Hankuk University Seoul, South Korea and the DaF (GFL: German as a Foreign Language)/DaZ (GSL: German as a Second Language) Didactics and DaF/DaZ Linguistics working area at the Institute of German Studies at the University of Potsdam will be further developed and established. It includes an online exchange of students in the framework of joint videoconferences, the conceptualization of a joint series of events on the effects of intercultural particularities on the teaching of DaF (GFL), and the joint development of digital teaching materials for the formation of strategies of leading conversations and opening them. The first exchange of these event series took place in January 2023 with five speakers and four specialist lectures from Japan, Mongolia, South Korea and Taiwan in exchange with DaF students of the University of Potsdam on the challenges of teaching DaF at an East Asian university. The next workshop is scheduled for January 2024. 

The material development is part of the so-called "Mausprojekt", an international platform project for DaF teachers with 30 participating teachers in currently 13 countries on three continents and includes the development and implementation of a procedure for the automatic text capture of learners in order to integrate them perspectively into a learner corpus.  At https://maus-reisen.de you will find the website of the "Mouse Project".

This project aims a more institutionalized cooperation among institutes and faculties and a related student exchange.

Project partners: Torsten Andreas, Christoph Schroeder and Christian Horn from Hankuk University Seoul, South Korea.)


Spontaneous Language Production of Japanese Learners in DaF Classes 

This project elicits and investigates spontaneous oral statements made by Japanese learners in DaF classes. To this end, suitable task formats are developed that can be used directly in the classroom and at the same time elicit as spontaneous as possible learner language utterances. These are documented by means of audio and video analyses and supplemented by pre- and post-tests as well as subjective learner data. As linguistic subjects, the focus was initially on the realization of verb conjugation structures and the encoding of spatial relations. The learner-learner interaction is currently being investigaed. Furthermore, a corpus of oral learner language (JaDe corpus) is created from the data. 

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Language education and promotion in a multilingual context (UP Network for Sustainable Teacher Education, DAAD programme “Lehramt. International”)

The project combines two demand-oriented courses of study, which are linked to different phases in the teacher training program: 

  • a seminar on language-sensitive specialist teaching as part of the practical semester Master Teaching (abroad)
  • a digital service-learning offer for language training and promotion of students for pupils of German schools abroad cooperating with the ZeLB.

Current status of the project: 

Since the winter semester 2021/22, two seminars from the DaF/DaZ area and from the inclusive German didactics have been cooperating. While one seminar tends to prioritize language education, the other one emphasizes language support. However, both seminars deal with the processes of reading, speaking, writing, presenting and listening. The aim of this seminar project is to support students in the language-systematic as well as language-pragmatic field of German in all subjects. Teaching materials of the project will be collected digitally and made available to the participating schools. In addition, if interested, a workshop can be offered for teachers, in close consultation with the lecturers and their needs, in which the teaching materials used are also reflected.

Project partnersTorsten AndreasManuela Hackel, and Winnie-Karen Giera 

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