Highlights from 2nd Annual Distinguished CLERA Lecture

On October 10, Prof Michael Legutke from the University of Giessen, Germany, presented CLERA’s second Annual Distinguished Lecture at Aston University.

Prof Legutke has had a long and distinguished career in MFL teacher education. In addition to teaching English in German secondary education, he has worked at the Department of Research at the Goethe-Institut Munich, as German Language Consultant to the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is professor emeritus of TEFL at the Justus-Liebig University of Giessen in Germany.

He was critically involved in the development of the E-LINGO blended learning MA programme for training early English language teachers and is one of the principle creators of the Goethe Institute’s latest German teacher training programme, Deutsch Lehren Lernen (DLL), which is currently being piloted in a number of countries. The first training module (Programm BASIS) is being published in six parts by Langenscheidt, and the online distance programme is scheduled to start in 2014.

In his lecture, Prof Legutke focussed on the central role of the teacher in the language classroom. With regard to teacher education programmes, he emphasised the importance of combining a strong pedagogical theoretical foundation with ‘praxis’ – by providing students with examples of real classroom interaction in various settings and by integrating practica into the training programme at various stages.

The lecture was very well attended and received enthusiastically by both staff and students. At the reception following the event, Prof Anne Burns introduced her latest book, and a poster and book display presented some of the research activities in which CLERA members are currently involved.

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