Seminar: 3.02.191 S Dimensions of Diversity in the Inclusive EFL Classroom - Details

Seminar: 3.02.191 S Dimensions of Diversity in the Inclusive EFL Classroom - Details

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Course name Seminar: 3.02.191 S Dimensions of Diversity in the Inclusive EFL Classroom
Subtitle
Course number 3.02.191
Semester SoSe2024
Current number of participants 19
maximum number of participants 40
Home institute Institute of English and American Studies
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Monday, 08.04.2024 08:00 - 10:00, Room: A14 1-112
Type/Form
Lehrsprache englisch

Rooms and times

A14 1-112
Monday: 08:00 - 10:00, weekly (11x)
V03 0-D001
Monday: 08:00 - 10:00, weekly (1x)

Module assignments

Comment/Description

Starting out with a definition of diversity and the application of diversity education in different contexts, this class aims at exploring different manifestations of the term both at school and classroom level. Using curriculum research as a starting point, national, European and multicultural values will be regarded against the backdrop of educational policies. A postcolonial perspective and the phenomenon of globalisation contribute to a more complex grasp the issues at hand. Looking at the situation in countries such as the UK or the US, home and school languages will be contrasted. A special focus on EAL (English as an additional language) and bilingual upbringing add to the topic of linguistic diversity.
As a next step, language diversity in education will be examined as a broader term and then specified as “translanguaging across the bilingual continuum” (Ofelia García). Language policies as a political statement will be an important point of discussion and possibly contention. This will also include the idea (or ideology?) of the native speaker ideal, which will be deconstructed but also regarded as a powerful influence on TESOL discourse and teaching traditions. Finally, the concept of language-sensitive teaching and its impact on the TESOL classroom will be put under scrutiny.
Participants are encouraged to contribute more examples of diversity to our discourse in class. Heteronormativity, e.g. as reflected in textbooks, could be a starting point for a critical discussion of the state of affairs in German schools. Besides, trauma-sensitive teaching will also be part of the syllabus due to its increasing relevance,
How can equality, diversity and inclusion actually be put into practice? What are practical tools for pluralistic approaches in TESOL classes?
The idea of an inclusive classroom in Lower Saxony and its curricular manifestations will be amended by examples of other institutions, e.g. the British Council. In this context, different documents, concepts, resources and interviews with practitioners will be studied and critically reflected upon. One particular displacement story will serve as a starting point to ask how literary learning can contribute to a more diverse approach towards TESOL teaching.

The course finishes by focusing on the question how differentiation can foster learning in the TESOL classroom. The concept of differentiation will be examined from a variety of angles and examples from teaching materials and textbooks serve as an opportunity to practise one`s analytical skills. Scaffolding is another important term participants need to be familiar with. Relevant references in the field will have to be studied in order to prepare for the final assessment.

Assessment issues:
Participants are expected to
-contribute to discourse during class. (“Aktive Teilnahme”)
-provide samples of their work. (“Aktive Teilnahme”)
-pass an end-of-term test ON CAMPUS!!! (written assessment / Klausur)

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ang619 Aufbau FD Language".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • This setting is active from 11.03.2024 06:00 to 31.07.2024 23:59.
    At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
    • Subject is English Studies
    • Subject is Erziehungs- und Bildungswissenschaften
    • Degree is Anpassungslehrgang
    • Subject is Englisch
    • Subject is Anglistik
    • Degree is Master of Education (Grundschule)
    • Subject is Bildungswissenschaften
  • Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 15.03.2024 on 08:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
  • The enrolment is possible from 11.03.2024, 06:00 to 31.07.2024, 23:59.
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