YLAB- geisteswisschenschaftliches Schülerlabor der Universität Göttingen

Lehrpraxis sammeln: Englisch


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

Seminar (4504369)

Cathrin Sprenger

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 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 (8.00-12.30). 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 the middle of June (one day per Global Simulation). You will prepare the simulation at school with your class for three weeks before the simulation (probably Mai 22nd-June 9th). You will spend 2* 90 minutes per week in your class.


Teaching Speaking

Seminar (4504204)

Katharina Delius

Enabling students to speak fluently and spontaneously is an important goal in the foreign language classroom. Yet, many teachers are facing questions of how to choose appropriate material, develop suitable tasks and activate all learners most effectively. This seminar aims at looking at the theory of speaking as a skill, examining different teaching approaches and methods and develop and discuss own teaching materials and learning tasks.

Participants will get the chance to develop micro-teaching units, which will be discussed within the seminar and taught in a workshop for pupils of a year 10. This workshop will take place at the Y-Lab on one day during the semester. The date is now set for January 18th 2017, 7:30am to 13:30pm. You will also need to sit in at least one double lesson in school to get to know the students. Their English classes take place Mondays (7th/8th period, each 2nd week) and Wednesdays (3rd/4th period).Please make sure that you can attend all dates set for the seminar and the workshop.


Fr.          14:00 bis 18:00 Einzel    21.04.2017

Sa.         09:00 bis 15:00 Einzel    22.04.2017

Fr.          14:00 bis 18:00 Einzel    12.05.2017