YLAB- geisteswisschenschaftliches Schülerlabor der Universität Göttingen

Lehrpraxis sammeln: Englisch


And the Oscar goes to … – taking students to Hollywood in a Global Simulation

Sprenger, Cathrin (Veranstaltungsnummer 4506673)

A global simulation is a task-based teaching method which gives learners the opportunity to experience and use the foreign language in a fictitious but real-life scenario. By making use of different creative methods, material and media an authentic space is created – this can for example be an island, a different country, a village, a zoo, a circus, a house, a company, or in our case an award ceremony in Hollywood, – in which the participants take over different roles and master various communicative situations and tasks.

In this course you will explore the potential a global simulation has to offer for the context of foreign language learning. You will learn how to plan and develop a global simulation based on a textbook unit on Hollywood and get the chance to put your ideas into practice. In your research projects you will be able to assess and evaluate your global simulation.

In cooperation with different secondary schools we will design and carry out a simulation project at the YLAB-Geisteswissenschaftliches Schülerlabor and invite 8th grade students to join us in this creative adventure. There, pupils will enter the foreign language context we designed for them, including a specific time and place, and take over new identities. Following different rules and instructions they will interact with each other, read documents they may find, write notes to each other, solve problems, create and explore. The aim is that you, of course also in role, motivate and encourage the students to actively use the foreign language and support them in doing so.

There will be a preparation at school prior to the simulation project. The simulation projects themselves will be carried out on a weekday morning (7.00-14.30), from June 17th to June 19th. Both the preparation at school and the simulation project will be part of your internship (Note: You will not have to do another internship at a school.)

Moreover, you will learn how to do your own research project during your internship including methods and instruments which will help you to answer the research question which we developed in the context of the course.

Please note: The Global Simulations will take place in June (one day per Global Simulation). You will prepare the simulation at school with your class for three weeks before the simulation (probably May/June). You will spend 2* 90 minutes per week in your class.

Reading: Texts will be provided in a reader.


Requirements: rRequirements: regular attendance, active participation, preparation and organization of two to three global simulations, portfolio of 4000 words (about 12-15 pages; 15.08.2019)

It is highly recommended to also participate in the Übung: Einführung in Forschungsmethoden der Fremdsprachendidaktik. During that course you will learn how to do your own research project during your internship including methods and instruments which will help you to answer your research question.

(Place: Raum VG 2.107, Verfügungsgebäude)