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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The print dictionary – a dying species
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Rethinking the foreign language curricula
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Learning with the complex competence task
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CLIL – an all-rounder? In two languages!
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Photos in the Foreign Language Classroom
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What is plurilingual education?
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Ghana past and present – a conversation with Helen Yitah
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Multilingualism, migration society and changes in our schools

The print dictionary – a dying species

The advent of online dictionaries has banished the classic reference book in its printed paper form to the substitute bench. At first glance, the advantages of Internet dictionaries are overwhelming: you always have all  languages in one app on your smartphone. Whole sentences or idioms can be googled. Complete declinations, conjugations and directories are just a […]

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Learning with the complex competence task

Exciting ways of learning with the competence task Task-based learning has long been established in the field of foreign language learning – in a sense. However, it still competes with textbook-based instruction and, above all, with the curricular specifications and frameworks: comparative tests, official exam tasks, and the limitations of skills-orientation. The competence task shows […]

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CLIL – an all-rounder? In two languages!

The success of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is reflected both in the growing demand for bilingual education and in the results of empirical studies. Bilingual learners achieve a significantly higher level of foreign language competence while, at the same time, they acquire subject-specific concepts. In addition, they are provided with excellent opportunities for […]

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Photos in the Foreign Language Classroom

For quite a while it has been generally acknowledged in foreign language pedagogy that the vast majority of communicative acts is no longer solely verbal; rather, most of our communication and most cultural discourses are characterized by multimodality, using a broad range of semiotic modes, and visual languages in particular. In his book on multimodality […]

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What is plurilingual education?

In former times the ideal of language learning was the imitation of the native speaker. However, today’s learners are exposed to a multitude of languages in their own natural social and cultural environment. English has become an almost natural part of everyday communicative life. Not least on the Internet, and for young people in particular, […]

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Ghana past and present – a conversation with Helen Yitah

When it comes to multilingualism, it is not a West African country like Ghana that comes to mind easily. This is no coincidence: Anglophone Africa is not really a focus of English studies and certainly not of English language pedagogy. While postcolonial literary and cultural studies have dealt intensively with the great representatives of Anglophone […]

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