Teacher Education in German: Further Development of Language Education Engagement through Participation (LehrWEP)

Duration: 1.09.2022-30.08.2023

Future teachers of German need versatile competencies in the field of language education, since language in the school classroom is both an object of learning and a medium of learning and thus a key competence of school learning, even beyond. For the first phase of teacher training at the university, this means preparing students for the requirements of language learning in school, both in terms of content and professional practice, and creating diverse opportunities for experience, thus creating a theory-practice link in the direction of language education.

Service-learning as an innovative university didactic concept offers starting points here: By combining social commitment with academic learning, students gain practical professional skills and students benefit from support in acquiring the German language.

In the project "Teacher Education in German: Further Development of Language Education Engagement through Participation (LehrWEP)", participatory seminar structures are being tested and evaluated for the module "Linguistic Diversity in German Teaching". The focus is on students and the question of how they use this creative space in their studies and provoke sustainable insights for their future work as teachers.

The project is based on the idea of service learning and unites several participants: These are teachers from the module and beyond in the Institute of German, students, the Fachschaft Bildung, in-school and out-of-school practice partners, and professionals in the field of participation.

The project is supported by the specialized language library and its student-oriented advisory services as well as the project S3. The course of the project is also largely determined by the participation of students: they stand as product owners for their own project ideas, project goals are presented transparently, and evaluation criteria and methods are developed in open participatory procedures. The insights gained can also be made available for student theses and qualification work.

The following project measures are planned:

  • Further training of participation for all participants
  • Further development of student participation
  • Development of a schedule as a structural aid for students
  • Expansion of the network of practice partners, preparation of requirements for students
  • digital-analogue networking of students, schools and participants in the field of language support to provide contacts
  • Design of additive reflection and (student) counseling offers in the working and thinking space of the specialized language library.
  • Evaluation of the engagement
  • Continuation of the service-learning in cooperation with the student representatives of the education department.

The project contributes to the fact that the students as responsible members of the society can take part in its democratic organization considerably and can take responsibility for their future.


Project Lead
Prof. Dr. Astrid Neumann

Project Coordination
Saskia Samland

LehrWEP ©Nina Pries