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Expertise

I. Educational Sciences (1) German and English Teaching Methodology: German and English as a Foreign Language (DaF, TEFL) (2) (Foreign Language) Teaching : learning and communication strategies, differentiation, e-learning (CALL) II. Applied and Variational Linguistics

Learning scenarios to support inclusive language and culture education for heterogeneous school classes (E-Learnscene). 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2023

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Through numerous language policy initiatives on the one hand and new findings from language teaching research on the other, existing input-oriented language acquisition and learning models have been replaced by an output- and competence-oriented language acquisition and learning perspective, at the same time demonstrating the complexity and dynamics of language acquisition by multilingual individuals. Above all, however, the introduction of the Common European Framework of Reference (CFR) (Council of Europe, 2001) has led to national curricula changing the progression of learning towards a process-based perspective on language learning, and to the addition of pedagogical aspects such as intercultural learning, media competence and other personality-related competences (ability to work in a team, critical competence). In spite of all these substantial changes, most textbooks and teaching materials for German are still backward-looking, which proves to be most explicit in countries with German as an official language (or minority language) coexisting with other speech communities (Italy, Belgium, Poland, etc.) and those with an increased demand for German as a foreign language in many fields (Sweden). In these countries, the promotion of German is generally falling short, which most prominently emerges in teaching wanting in innovation and pedagogical measures that are modestly successful. Against this background, the project aims to use the expertise of an international consortium in the field of German as a foreign and official language to develop, implement and evaluate learning scenarios that provide in-service and pre-service teachers with pedagogical support for collaborative and learner-centered teaching in present-day heterogeneous classes. Joining expertise in a transnational consortium of this kind will make an essential contribution to the national curricula involved (in particular to the systematic improvement of their teaching quality) and will thus meet the special needs of German in the different countries. The project sets for itself the following objectives: • Promoting and supporting a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning, capitalizing on the diversity of today's increasingly multilingual classrooms. • Supporting synergies with research and innovation activities and promoting new technologies as incubators and drivers of improvements in language and culture pedagogy. The project combines both the expertise of academic partners with proven experience in language teaching research, teaching materials design and development, and in- and pre-service teacher training (Universities of Bozen, Antwerp, Louvain, Poznan and Gothenburg), as well as the practice-oriented profile of the Belgian German Teachers' Association and school partners representing the different teaching contexts targeted in the project, that will contribute to support the development, evaluation and dissemination of the learning scenarios through integration into the relevant professional networks and the numerous associated schools and institutions, safeguarding the transfer between theory/research and practice. The project will impact on the level of the students, the (trainee) teachers, and the subject-specific school teams and learning communities for German.

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Research Language Integration Projects. 01/08/2020 - 30/04/2021

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How can schools develop effective pathways for learners who have an insufficient command of the language of instruction? Schools need concrete tools and feasible practical examples that match the needs and context of primary and secondary education in Flanders. In this project, we develop a nuanced, systematic meta-review of the scientific literature, resulting in a scientific report on the one hand and a practice-oriented, paper and digitally accessible guide for the educational field on the other hand. For this practice guide, we work with a selection menu that meets the various contexts. Schools are urged to first fill in the process factors that are important for the effectiveness of the language pathways before determining structural choices. We also present a varied range of inspiring practical examples for nursery, primary and secondary education, each with sufficient detail to build on. We also visit and analyze a number of practical examples that meet the criteria resulting from the meta-review. To guarantee that the presented practical examples fit in well with the Flemish educational context, the preconditions are screened by means of a Delphi study together with actors from the professional field.

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Projet Transversal DRC - Anglais Académique - phase 4. 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2021

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The project ('English for Academic Purposes - Quality, Extension, Sustainability') aims to further deepen teaching processes proper by exploring and developing Blended Learning (BL) solutions for the local context of the seven Congolese universities involved, already introduced in phases 2 and 3. As BL (and in particular its flexible character) allows to cater for different learner groups (level and orientation) and to create a productive virtual English context, it is necessary to concentrate more on this educational approach which is not yet explored in this specific context (where resources and Internet support are very limited). The project also envisages to extend beyond the current target groups, inside and outside the 7 academic institutions involved: i.e. administrative staff, undergraduate students, and paying clients and NGOs. Finally, in view of its dynamics and its sustainability, this project on learning English for academic purposes pursues a much tighter organization per university involved, including a business plan with a financial plan, a timetable and a durable local system of accountability. This represents a major challenge, for which the project needs to benefit from the support of the academic partners ('points focaux').

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Towards a stronger and appealing academic teacher education. 01/01/2018 - 31/12/2019

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This project is aimed at strengthening and supporting the university teacher education programmes in the transition to the new teacher training courses, as described in the draft memorandum "Strengthening teacher education courses: recruiting and qualitative teacher training courses as a basic pillar for high-quality education" of 25 March 2016 and the draft decree on the development of graduate courses within colleges and transfer measures for teacher training, as first approved in principle by the Flemish Government on 14 July 2017. Based on the above-mentioned documents and the objectives of the Coalition Agreement of the Flemish Government 2014-2019 and its objective of high-quality, flexible and attractive teacher training courses, three actions are proposed. These actions fit in with the following thematic lines: 'strengthening and innovation' (theme 1) and 'recruitment' (theme 2). 1. 'Strengthening and innovating teacher education programmes': a. Action 1: Project 'Towards a new university teacher education at masters level'. b. Action 2: Project 'How can this new master-level university teacher education programme best serve the target group of lateral entry teachers'? 2. Recruitment': Action 3: 'Towards recruiting university teacher education programmes': Communication and publication of the new programme with candidate teachers and the professional field, with a specific focus on student diversity.

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Teaching for divercity. A steppingstone to team-oriented perspectives on educating teachers and catering for student diversity. 15/12/2016 - 31/03/2018

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The project aims at modelling the transition to a renewed teacher education by means of intercollege teams fostering cooperation, expertise sharing and collaborative learning. The project takes its departure from a shared focus on preparing novice teachers for urban education and wants to impact upon class practice in schools and in teacher education itself. The project comprises three subsections ('communities of practice') that concern the central tenet of 'teaching for divercity': (1) Linguistic diversity (co-supervisors: Jordi Casteleyn, Mathea Simons & Rianne Pinxten) (2) Urban education (co-supervisors: Paul Janssenswillen & Wouter Schelfhout) (3) Inclusive education (co-supervisors: Elke Struyf & Ellen Vandervieren). Partner institutions are: CVO Crescendo, CVO Horito, CVO Provincie Antwerpen, CVO HBO 5 Antwerpen, Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool, Karel de Grote Hogeschool and Universiteit Antwerpen. The communities of practice are composed of staff from these partner institutions, constituting genuine learning communities managed by a process coach (Carlijne Ceulemans until 30.09.2017). This approach allows for design-based research into the functioning and effectivity of learning teams.

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Identification and analysis of practices of effective use and development of teachers' skills in the last years of primary education 01/10/2015 - 31/03/2017

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This research project will record good practices of teacher deployment - both in and outside class in upper primary education - that aim at capitalizing on staff competencies, reinforcing differentiated instruction and safeguarding successful transition to secondary education. We will provide in-depth descriptions of selected practices, while at the same time shedding light on accompanying conditions and experiences from the viewpoint of school management, teachers as well as students. Data will be collected through case studies and Delphi methodology.

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Classroom differentiation. 01/01/2013 - 31/08/2015

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The 'Differentiation' Project is a research and development project that represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand ELAnt. UA provides ELAnt research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Publication monography "Strukturwandel in Grenzdialekten. Die Konsolidierung der niederländisch-deutschen Staatsgrenze als Dialektgrenze." 08/03/2010 - 31/12/2010

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The Research Council of the University of Antwerp and the Commission for Publications and Grants of the University Foundation favoured the grant application for the publication of the manuscript 'Strukturwandel in Grenzdialekten. Die Konsolidierung der niederländisch-deutsche Staatsgrenze als Dialektgrenze' .

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Systematization and transcription of dialect recordings. 01/02/2009 - 31/12/2010

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For my PhD "Structural change in border dialects" speech data were recorded in NL and GDR. They contain a.o. language material for 27 examined linguistic variables. The entire corpus has largely not yet been opened up and contains valuable information for pioneering research on language change. For transcription and systematical storage a student will be recruited who will be working under supervision of the project manager.

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