Collection of Methods for Language-Sensitive Subject Teaching

The goal of the project is the development of an online tool meant for future and already qualified teachers of all subjects and school forms. It enables the search and download of free pedagogical-methodical suggestions for language-sensitive lessons. The accompanying instructions do not contain just a description of the methods, but also variation possibilities and indications for incorporating multilingualism in the lessons.

The users of the online tool may filter the methods according to the linguistic competence area and the speech act that are to be supported, the age group of the pupils, the time frame, and the social form of the planned teaching unit. Based on the entered criteria, the tool presents either a larger collection of recommended methods, a smaller one or no results. After finalizing and implementing the tool on the website of the Mercator Institute, around 80 methods and instruments will be made available.

The project relates to the preliminary work done by the German Institute for Adult Education [Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung (DIE)], where an application for course planning was developed in the context of advanced training. The experience gathered there will be used for enabling students and teachers the access to a low-threshold collection of methods for planning language-sensitive lessons.

In cooperation with:

  • German Institute for Adult Education - Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE) - Department of Teaching, Learning, Coaching
  • Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education (link)

Project management: Dr. Christoph Gantefort

Contact: Dr. Christoph Gantefort (christoph.gantefort[at]

Duration: 2017-2019

Funding: University of Cologne

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