DaZKom - a Structure Model of Pre-service Teachers' Competency for Teaching German as a Second Language in the Mainstream Classroom

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There is an absence of empirically based standards for pre-service teacher education regarding competencies in the field of German as a Second Language (GSL) needed for being able to adequately facilitate second language learners in the mainstream classroom. The DaZKom study aims to fill this gap by providing a theoretical framework and competency model in this field for pre-service teachers of all subjects. This article primarily focuses on the rationale, generation, and explication of the GSL competency model, which discerns three dimensions: subject-specific registers, multilingualism, and didactics. The model also describes three competency stages, which are based on the first three stages of the Five-Stage Model of Adult Skill Acquisition by Dreyfus & Dreyfus (1986). In order to empirically measure preservice teachers’ GSL competencies, a paper and pencil test was developed on the basis of the model and tested on a large sample of pre-service teachers; the model was further content validated by a group of experts from the field of GSL and educational science.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProfessionelle Kompetenzen angehender Lehrkräfte im Bereich Deutsch als Zweitsprache
EditorsTimo Ehmke, Svenja Hammer, Anne Köker, Udo Ohm, Barbara Koch-Priewe
Number of pages23
Place of PublicationMünster
PublisherWaxmann Verlag
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-3-8309-3243-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-8309-8243-2
Publication statusPublished - 2018