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Language and Communication in Teaching: 9th Summer University for Teachers in Sankelmark

1. September 2016

Language and Communication“ was the topic of this year‘s summer university. From 25 – 27 August 2016, 56 teachers congregated for the annual event in Sankelmark. The focus was on language and communication for teaching purposes. Participants were able to discuss this topic against the background of their practical experience. The aim of the summer university is to foster a dialogue between science, school practice and educational policy and its significance for teaching practice. The event, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary next year, has turned out to be a remarkable success throughout the past decade.

In his opening address, state secretary, Dirk Loßack emphasized the significance of the event’s focus not only for schools in general, but especially for the integration of refugees. Professor Harms, on the other hand, highlighted the importance of language as a prerequisite, medium and aim in schools. Some of the topics presented and discussed were: “How much language does a subject need?”; “Bilingual Language Acquisition in Primary and Secondary Education”; From Abiotic Factor via Hypotenuse to Statal Passive”.

The constructive, relaxed atmosphere which spanned the entire event, the insights offered into current scientific projects as well as the excellent presentations and workshops were just some of the aspects which made the summer university so appealing for the participating teachers.

 

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