Qualifying Teachers for Innovative English Settings: Teaching English in heterogeneous classes in secondary years education

Project: Research

Project participants

  • Schmidt, Torben (Project manager, academic)
  • Blume, Carolyn (Project staff)
  • Gerlach, David (Project manager, academic)
  • Roters, Bianca (Project staff)
  • University Of Wuppertal
  • Qualitäts- und Unterstützungsagentur - Landesinstitut Schule (QUA-LiS NRW)


With a view towards improving the training of future teachers, a multi-professional team spanning several institutions and phases of teacher preparation developed a seminar for students in the field of English didactics within the project "Theorie-Praxis-Verzahnung im ZZL-Netzwerk" of the „Quality Initiative for Excellence in Teacher Education“ at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

In a follow-up initiative, a demonstration project carried out in cooperation with QUA-LiS NRW (Qualitäts- und Unterstützungsagentur - Landesinstitut für Schule Nordrhein-Westfalen) between 2018 and 2022, the focus is on teachers currently in schools. The professional development concept for English instruction is designed as a blended learning format and thus includes phases of self-individual learning that alternate with phases of peer exchange for reflection and further development of one's own teaching activities. The development project also includes qualifying trainers and moderators of state teacher training institutions to be multipliers of the project’s content. As a cooperative project between the Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Chair of English Didactics) and QUA-LiS NRW, the project is based on the design-based research of the Leuphana University, which continues to provide the QUA-LiS with consultancy and empirical evaluation. By coordinating initial teacher training and professional development for teachers within the framework of cross-institutional and cross-phase cooperation, current subject didactic knowledge and developments into the professional development of teachers in the area of subject-specific classroom development are systematically integrated.

With regard to the accompanying research of both projects, the focus is particularly on constructs such as attitudes towards inclusion, beliefs about language learning, and reflection competences, as well as classroom planning competences of prospective and practising English teachers in the area of inclusive English teaching.

By improving practice and engaging in scientific monitoring, QualiTIES contributes to the transfer of research knowledge - an important task of QUA-LiS NRW as a state institution for educational development.


Research outputs