Neue Wege für Sprachunterricht und Ausbildung
Edited By Rolf Kreyer, Steffen Schaub and Barbara Ann Güldenring
Forschendes Lernen in der Lehrerausbildung – Studierende forschen zu sprachlicher Heterogenität im Unterricht
In this article we discuss the options of installing enquiry-based learning at university teacher-training regarding topics of Applied Linguistics. Starting with a definition of enquiry-based learning as a concept of teaching in academia, we discuss how students who study to be teachers could benefit in particular from enquiry-based learning classes – given that requirements for teacher training and teachers have shifted over the last decades towards an output-orientation. We then link these considerations to two topics of Applied Linguistics that are highly relevant to teachers: linguistic diversity in the classroom and second language acquisition of German. A previous study showed that prospective teachers do not feel sufficiently prepared for the linguistic diversity at German schools. We discuss how research on linguistic diversity and second language acquisition can be carried out successfully in enquiry-based-learning seminars. Two seminars are presented as examples of how students carry out their own research projects on these topics. Finally we discuss opportunities and advantages, but also limitations and challenges of the concept.
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