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Summer Term 2021


Prof. Dr. Christiane Bongartz 


Because of social distancing, our class focus will be on reading and thinking together by doing a lot of commenting on the texts we read and on the issues people bring up in their comments. Those of you who know me from previous classes will know that I am a firm believer in the relevance of context to any kind of human interaction; hence, I struggle with the notion of a virtual classroom. The syllabus and activities presented on ILIAS take into consideration that on-line learning presents students with a different set of demands than regular classroom instructions (this is also true for instructors ☺). Each week, we will read one text together; either a book chapter or a research article. I will post questions for discussion for each of the readings, and I will provide feedback on student comments.

Think of the class as an on-going conversation and chime in when you can.

Social aspects of language teaching (VL) 

While multilingualism is a reality of daily life - we all 'translanguage' and use linguistic repertoires according to who we talk to and to situational context - classroom teaching in most education systems depends on foundational beliefs that are largely informed by a monolingual ideology.

In this lecture class, we will explore different classrooms and talk to invited guests about their experience, strategies, and attitudes.

Critical reflections on linguistic terminology (HS)

When the term 'descriptive linguistics' was first introduced, it was in the attempt to not judge how people talk and to just make it the business of linguistics to see how certain things were done in certain contexts, or to explain on the basis of description how language/s is/are acquired.

In our class, we will pursue weekly readings with the objective to identify key terminology. Together, we will think about the processes of labeling and categorization and discuss (potential) effects thereof. Where possible, we will consider alternatives, as well.

Linguistics and language learning (KO)

This Prüfungskolloquium will focus on oral and written presentation of linguistic data (especially term paper writing and oral exams). Students who are planning to take their "Modulabschlussprüfung" with me are encouraged to enroll.

Referential expressions in language acquisition (HS) 

This advanced graduate seminar will explore the role of information structure in the processing of language. Students will prepare various tasks and participate in class activities as proposed in the syllabus.


Vasileia Skrimpa (M.A, M.A)


Bilingualism (PSSP) 

The PSSP "Bilingualism" will introduce the participants to the main aspects of bilingualism and will provide an overview of the various aspects of its notion, as well as explore bilingual language acquisition by focusing on literature that discusses matters such as different types of bilingualism, age of onset of acquiring both languages, proficiency, language use contexts and the role of biliteracy. Students will get an insight into bilingual research and the way two language systems are acquired in combination with the effects on cognition.



Please note: A letter of recommendation can only be issued after completion of at least one class. Issuing will take approximately 3 weeks.