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The DHoch3 Project: Multilingualism and Didactics of Tertiary Language Acquisition


The DHoch3 Project – A Training Seminar
Module 7 Concepts of Multilingualism and Didactics of Tertiary Language Acquisition
(Konzepte von Mehrsprachigkeit und Tertiärsprachendidaktik)

German language experts from various universities in India and Sri Lanka came together on March 1st and 2nd to participate in the first ever DHoch3 Workshop that took place at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in March 2019. Dhoch3 is a new project in which the DAAD has partnered with several experts in the field of Didactics of German as a Foreign Language from various universities across Germany to put together a Moodle platform featuring teaching modules.

The goal of this project is to support and enhance further academic training of future teachers of German at schools and higher education institutions worldwide. Dhoch3 is aimed at university teachers and Master-level students worldwide, focusing mainly on locations where degree programmes to train teachers of German are currently being established, owing to the increasing interest in German in professional contexts and the growing demand for study-integrated German lessons. Blended learning while promoting digitalisation in higher education in this field is a focus.

Within this context, the workshop in New Delhi was successfully conducted by the team from the Technical University of Darmstadt comprising of Ms. Madeleine Schmorré and Ms. Constanze Bradlaw. The focus of this workshop was the module designed by them on „Concepts of Multilingualism and Tertiary Language Acquisition “. The workshop was organised by our DAAD Lecturer, Anna Kuhnt at the JNU.

Each module is devoted to a specific topic, and all modules are made available free of charge to interested higher education institutions via an online platform. After an introductory presentation about the project itself, the participants then had the chance to delve deeper into the online Moodle platform and explore the module and different aspects of multilingualism in German Teacher Training being presented, thereby hoping to integrate innovative methods into their existing language courses within degree programmes. Moreover, the workshop further provided them with stimuli for developing new courses of study. There was a unanimous positive feedback with the hope of a follow-up seminar. The participants also got a chance to network with their colleagues from other parts of the region and exchange views on recent developments in the field.

You can find more information on the DAAD Project Dhoch3 here.

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