Language Studies and Didactics

The focus of the Language Department in teaching and research is on the "development of literal competencies" of all students in heterogeneous, also digital teaching/learning contexts. The focus here is in particular on raising awareness of individual learner needs. The development of professional competencies on the part of students and teachers to support language, reading and writing learning processes, as well as the consideration of developmental processes on the part of learners, strengthen the profile.

For the preparation of teachers of all subjects and different school types, we have, among other things, built up the specialist library "Language" with literature and specific support offers. Projects such as "Teacher Education in German: Further Development of Language Education Engagement through Participation (LehrWEP)", "Language Education in Practice - Students Engage in Language Education at School (SpraBiP)", "Plurality as a Learning Opportunity (PluraL)", "Students support students (S3)" and "Promotion of German as a Second Language for Children and Young People with a Migration Background" in the project module support and assist schools in the area of German as a foreign/second or educational language.
We also initiate, promote and accompany voluntary work by students in cooperation with various practice partners. In addition, students can acquire the "DaZ certificate" in the institute parallel to their compulsory studies.

In the predominantly empirical research of the department, special interest is given to national and international connectivity of written language education. Exemplary for this are also advisory activities for reviews of the educational standards in German by means of comparative examinations in grades 6 and 8. Person- and video-based observations of macro- and micro-processes in German and language education classes of all subjects during the cooperation in the research center ERLE provide insights into (possible) teaching-learning formats in heterogeneous learning groups and new contents and formats in teacher training. In addition, cross-phase development and transfer projects at the ZZL strengthen the connection between scientific theory development and practical classroom design, and the CODIP project tests and improves ways of implementing subject didactic digital innovations in classroom development.






  • Remedial Education DaZ

Remedial Education DaZ (German as a Second Language)


The aim of the project is to reduce the disadvantage of students with a migration background by promoting their language skills. German is the language of instruction at the regular school and thus the key to success in all school subjects. Therefore, our offer of learner-oriented German language support as well as the improvement of language competencies, which are necessary in all school subjects, is a focal point of our work in "remedial classes". The remedial classes are offered in the cooperating schools. There, the students receive German lessons for a maximum of two hours in the afternoon, twice a week.

The focus is on language skills, but related subject issues are also included. In order to be able to work with the students in a targeted manner, the student groups consist of a maximum of five people. The course leaders are students who are specifically prepared for this task.

The following schools and institutions are involved in the project:

     - Gymnasium Oedeme
     - IGS Kaltenmoor
     - BBS I in Lüneburg
     - BBS II in Lüneburg (including the Lower Saxony State Technical School for Metal)


The remedial education is also a great opportunity for you! You will have the opportunity to gain practical teaching experience during your studies under the guidance of experienced university lecturers. In the accompanying seminar, the lessons are discussed before and after, thus offering a wide range of practical experience.

Since school classes are increasingly multicultural in composition, acquiring such a qualification is particularly helpful for later professional work. In recognition of your work, you can receive a certificate from the Institute of German Language and Literature and its Didactics. 


All teacher training students (elementary and secondary schools, secondary modern schools, and vocational schools) of all disciplines can participate in the project.

Students with a migration background as well as students who want to acquire the certificate "German as a Second Language" in addition to their German studies are explicitly invited. An already completed general school internship is recommended, but not mandatory. Of course, you should also show an interest in dealing with linguistic phenomena.

In the project module you will be specifically prepared for the requirements in ethnically and linguistically diverse schools. It is also recommended that you acquire the certificate "German as a Second Language" or participate in the module "Multilingualism in German Teaching" DEU 460.

The program includes the following aspects, among others:

- Second language acquisition and multilingualism,
- didactic aspects of the design of remedial teaching,
- Language structures and contrastive presentation of selected languages (e.g. Turkish, Russian),
- diagnosis of typical language and writing weaknesses and
- dealing with language problems and communication difficulties.

In order for you to be able to do justice to the tasks, there is the possibility of a regular exchange of experience on teaching practice and supervision during the school year. This takes place within the framework of an accompanying seminar, which can also be credited either as a subject didactic project module (DEU 221) OR as part of the DaZ certificate.

You will not be left alone with questions and problems!


Cooperation of the Institute for German Language and Literature and its Didactics with AWO Soziale Dienste and Stiftung Mercator.

The time frame for the remedial classes in the schools is highly individualized; as a rule, the classes comprise two to four hours per week.

The students commit themselves for at least half a year to lead the lessons as a remedial teacher. Reassignment takes place as needed. Since there is a waiting list of potential support teachers, applications are accepted at any time.

You will find out if you can be assigned well in advance of the start date. If necessary, selection interviews will be held. An introductory meeting will be held beforehand, where you will be prepared for your task and provided with teaching materials, tips and tricks.

- Application form

Interested? Then register right away! Download the registration form, fill it out and hand it in at the institute.

Responsible for this module:Prof. Dr. Astrid Neumann