The Language Learning Log

We are currently experiencing a period of cultural and societal change in which foreign languages are more important than ever.
This language learning log observes and comments on everything that is relevant for foreign language learning.

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New publications
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Stop Motion Films: “A new world”
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Academic language and generic writing in school subjects
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Congress of Education 2018: enthusiasm for education
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School shootings: an interview with Silke Braselmann
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The digitalisation of foreign language learning
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Musical literacy in the foreign language classroom
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“I’ve got a story to tell.” Comics as a Competence Task

Stop Motion Films: “A new world”

I happened to have the opportunity to do an Erasmus-Plus Internship in a CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) school in Valencia as a teacher assistant. During my internship, my school was taking part in an Erasmus_Plus co-funded project called VITAL: Approaches to Using Visuals in Teaching and Learning (link see below). The idea of […]

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Academic language and generic writing in school subjects

Linguists distinguish between a formal approach to the language system and the communicative language use in culturally embedded situations (langue vs. parole with de Saussure 1916). As a consequence, the basic unit of language description and analysis is different. Whereas structural-generative linguistics takes the sentence as the central category, functional linguistics sees the genre (ie. […]

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Congress of Education 2018: enthusiasm for education

This year’s Congress of Education in Muenster entitled “Promoting Talent, Developing Performance, Enhancing Educational Justice” impressed by its size alone. Long before the congress (19th to 22nd September 2018) it was fully booked with over 1,000 registrations, an expression of great enthusiasm in schools and among teachers. The keynotes always took place in the large […]

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School shootings: an interview with Silke Braselmann

Silke Braselmann’s great PhD thesis on school shootings in the United States titled Approaching the Inexplicable. The Fictional Dimension of the School Shooting Discourse has won her the German renowned, very prominent prize of the Koerber Foundation 2018 for PhD theses. Dr. Wolfgang Schaeuble, President of the German Federal Parliament, was this year’s patron of […]

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The digitalisation of foreign language learning

Digitalisation is everywhere. It has become a political and economic buzz word, and it has moved to the top of the education policy agenda, at least rhetorically. Of course, foreign language pedagogy has been dealing with it for some time now. Two observations may lead to the following diagnoses. Hardware Questions On the one hand, […]

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