A study conducted in German post-DESI EFL classrooms
1.1 Incentive for this dissertation
As the title “The impact of socio-cultural learning tasks on students’ foreign ‘grammatical language awareness’ development in German post-DESI EFL classrooms” indicates, this dissertation is located within the intersection of foreign language teaching and foreign language learning. Its primary practical aim is to develop effective means of teaching English as a foreign language, thereby enhancing German 9th grade students’ foreign “grammatical language awareness” development. The aim is “practical” in a sense that the “effective means” shall be directly applicable in the foreign language classroom, thereby helping teachers plan their lessons (cf. chapter 6).
To better understand the relevance of the practical aim, the results of an official large-scale school assessment study named DESI which examined students’ abilities in this field are portrayed in the following section.