Language Studies and Didactics

In teaching and research, the focus of the Language Department is on the "development of literal competencies" of all students in heterogeneous, also digital teaching/learning contexts. In particular, the focus is on "professional competencies" on the student and teacher side to support language, reading and writing learning processes, as well as the developmental processes on the learner side depending on different didactic concepts.

For the preparation of teachers of all subjects and different types of schools, the library "Language Education" has been built up. Projects such as "Plurality as a Learning Opportunity (PluraL)" and "Promotion of German as a Second Language for Children and Young People with a Migration Background" in the project module support schools in the area of German as a Foreign/Second Language/Educational Language. Students can acquire the DaZ certificate at the institute parallel to their compulsory studies.

In the predominantly empirical research of the department, a special interest in national and international connectivity of written-language education applies. Examples of this include advisory activities for reviews of educational standards in German through comparative work in grades 6 and 8. Personal and video-supported observations of macro and micro processes in German and language instruction in all subjects provide information on (possible) teaching-learning formats in heterogeneous learning groups and new content and formats in teacher training. In addition, cross-phase development and transfer projects such as the "Quality Offensive in Teacher Education" (BMBF) will strengthen the link between scientific theory development and practical classroom design and also test and improve ways of implementing subject-related didactic innovations in classroom development. Quantitative and qualitative longitudinal results on the development of reading and spelling performance (EntLeS) form a basis for this. The LONDI project is an example of an interdisciplinary BMBF project in which an online platform for the diagnosis and support of children with reading and spelling difficulties is being developed.