Cross-Linguistic Teamwork from the Students’ Perspective

Eva Maria Unterrainer, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Abstract

Since 2002 the “Innsbruck Model of Fremdsprachendidaktik” (IMoF — Innsbruck Model of Foreign Language Teaching) has been practicing new approaches in (foreign) language teacher education by offering for all future (foreign) language teachers one integrated program of multilingual training. This means that students of English, French, Greek/Latin, Italian, Russian and Spanish attend together multilingual courses, which are complemented by workshops for each language. With its multilingual and team-oriented lessons, IMoF intends to promote cooperation among prospective foreign language teachers in schools. Therefore, during one semester students have to work together in cross-linguistic teams in order to analyze learning materials; i.e. they transfer the lecture’s input into practice. This paper examines teamwork from the students’ perspective by presenting quantitative data and at drawing initial implications for university teaching.

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