The project “Language Education and Support in a Multi-Lingual/Inclusive Context” is one of the 12 sub-projects of the ZeLB project “UP Network for Sustainable Teacher Education”, which is part of the DAAD-funded program “Lehramt.International“ (2021-24).
With flight, migration, and social differences, the linguistic heterogeneity of the student body in Germany is constantly increasing. Teachers must also consider the different language levels of their students in order to support subject-specific learning processes. Furthermore, the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (“Kultusministerkonferenz”) states in its recommendation “Bildungssprachliche Kompetenzen in der deutschen Sprache stärken” [in German only] of December 5, 2019, the goal of promoting educational language competencies not only in German lessons, but also in all subjects. In the training of teachers, the focus should thus also be on designing subject-specific lessons in a language-aware manner.
The project combines two demand-oriented offers, which are linked to different phases in the pre-service teacher education degree program:
- a seminar on language awareness in subject-specific teaching as part of the practical semester of the Master’s degree in pre-service teacher education (abroad)
- a digital service-learning offer for language education and support – by students for schools students of the German schools abroad cooperating with the ZeLB