Wolfgang Hallet

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Which language(s) of schooling for new arrivals?
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Connecting Literary Studies and Teaching Literature
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“Excellence in School Education”: regional kick-off conferences
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Worldbuilding: Creating fantastic worlds
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Research Cluster “Excellence in School Education” (LemaS)
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The digitalization of school education
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The German Federal Foreign Languages Contest: Are video tasks difficult?
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Recapturing Pedagogical Thinking

Connecting Literary Studies and Teaching Literature

In Germany, future teachers of foreign languages do not only develop their language proficiency, but they also study linguistics, literary studies and foreign language pedagogy (didactics, as it is termed in Germany). Since, at most German universities, all of these are autonomous disciplines, this raises questions of interdisciplinary correspondences, coordination and interrelatedness between all of […]

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“Excellence in School Education”: regional kick-off conferences

Currently, there is a series of regional official kick-off events of the Research Cluster “Excellence in School Education” (LemaS, ‘Leistung macht Schuule’) and the Project Schools in collaboration with the Ministries of Education in all of the Federal States of Germany. These regional meetings are the first opportunity for the researchers of the project and […]

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Research Cluster “Excellence in School Education” (LemaS)

German Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka invited actors and cooperating partners of the national research cluster “Excellence in School Education“ („Leistung macht Schule“, LemaS) to the kick-off event in Berlin on 30th January 2018. The research of LemaS is aimed at identifying and developing often latent excellency of potentially high-achieving students in […]

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The digitalization of school education

‘Digitalization’ is a term and concept that foregrounds the transformation of formerly analogue, physical signs into discrete digital signals and electronic bits whenever content is presented, represented, communicated or ‘shared’ – one of the standard practices of digital communication. Since in the domain of teaching and learning languages, communicating content between interlocutors in given situations […]

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The German Federal Foreign Languages Contest: Are video tasks difficult?

Sometimes even most successful projects have to re-invent themselves. The German Federal Foreign Languages Contest was first established in 1979, with 133 young students participating; meanwhile, there are more than 15.000 contestants every year. Over all these years, those willing to participate in the first round of the contest were presented with a reading assignment […]

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Recapturing Pedagogical Thinking

In didactics there are many terms (concepts!) that are so established and in long-term use that no one asks anymore what they are actually supposed to designate. Characteristics displaying a kind of pedagogical naturalization can be seen in the unreflected use of these terms in every sort of pedagogical context, as well as in scientific […]

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