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Project duration 01.04.2019 - 31.10.2022

Cooperation partner in joint project Competencies of school teachers and adult educators in teaching German as a second language in linguistically diverse classrooms (COLD)

The joint project aims to apprehend the teaching competencies of school teachers and adult educators who teach German as a second language in linguistically diverse classrooms.



Programm Kooperative Exzellenz

Leibniz-Wettbewerb 2019

Project description

The COLD project studies the competencies of school teachers and adult educators who teach German as a second language in linguistically diverse classrooms. The German Institute for Adult Education - Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE) is the head of the interdisciplinary joint project that is funded by the promotion program Cooperative Excellence by Leibniz Competition 2019. The project addresses the special demands for teaching and didactics that affect all fields of education due to newly immigrated children, teens and grown-ups.

Logo und dunkelblauer Schriftzug des Projektnamens COLD

The study takes place in teaching contexts with educators in preparation and integration classes. In close cooperation with the other joint partners, team Lauermann pays special attention to the following questions: How distinct are the diagnostic competencies of the teachers? Which cognitive and motivational determinants affect their work? How do teacher and pupils interact?

Further information (in German)

Lead researcher at IFS

Project management

  • Dr. Christiane Jöhren

External project partners

  • DIE (Verbundleitung, Initiator)
  • Mercator-Institut für Sprachförderung und Deutsch als Zweitsprache (Initiator)
  • DIPF
  • IPN
  • Universität Tübingen
  • Technische Universität Dortmund
  • Universität zu Köln
  • Universität Zürich

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Location & approach

The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.