The University of Wuppertal offers a long-standing PrimA (Praktikum im Ausland = school placement abroad) programme in teacher education. A lecture that was held on 21 January 2021 as part of the online lecture series Tea Time Thursday at the University of Cologne’s Centre for Teacher Education explores the rationale for and the effect of internationalising teacher education. The online lecture series Tea Time Thursday enables students, teachers, and teacher trainers from all over the world to gain insights into the internationalisation of teacher education at a time when physical mobility has become almost impossible.
Internationalisation at home
Like many other projects PrimA came to an abrupt halt in 2020, when the Corona pandemic forced some 50 students to cancel their three-months school placement in the UK. These students were provided with an online alternative class that would allow them to experience internationalisation at home. The main aim was to encourage the student teachers to go on virtual tours of interesting sites all across the globe, where they would encounter inspiring cultural phenomena and rich linguistic input.
Comparing and reflecting
Towards the end of this lecture the presenters and the audience reflect upon the benefits of internationalisation at home compared to the stay abroad as we knew it.
The prensenters: Prof. Dr. Bärbel Diehr is a retired professor of TEFL at the university of Wuppertal, who ran the PrimA programme for 16 years. Her research interests include language learning with electronic dictionaries, embedding political education as well as education for sustainable development in the EFL class. | Lisa Fischer took part in the PrimA Programme in 2016, when she worked at a school in rural Wales for three months. Since 2017, she has been a member of the PrimA team working as the coordinator of the programme. | Lea Uhlmann participated in the PrimA Programme in 2017, which she completed at a school in the Midlands. She became a member of the PrimA team in 2018.