Our Dis­cip­line

Our field primarily focuses on aspects such as investigating the quality of foreign languages performance in a cognitively demanding class. This relates to the PISA study that investigates in detail conditional factors which are responsible for successful learning. In this context, a major field of study is intended to provide different learning methods, including the use of media. Importance will be placed on introspection considering accessible factors such as learning and thinking processes. These were indispensable components of the ADEQUA  project which was initiated and investigated by Prof. Dr. Finkbeiner  including her research team  Knierim, Smasal, Ludwig in in 2011). Therefore, culture-specific processing as a decisive factor will be seriously taken into account (Finkbeiner, 2009).


The qualification of students as learners, teachers and researchers is  of intrinsic importance (Learner-Moderator-Researcher-Plus Modell; Finkbeiner, 2001, 2004). To achieve this goal, they have to train and develop their learning and teaching strategies, including diagnostic competence and evaluation competence. For instance, our students learn to carry out critical evaluation, and to effectively develop and process data collection and assessment procedures.  In this context, they learn to analyze texts, classroom situations, and thinking processes of teachers and learners. The ISW, a research laboratory of applied linguistics, could be used for this. In addition, we foster our students' abilities regarding self-reflection, self-learning biographies and self-learning abilities, and by doing this,enabling them to improve their metacognitive awareness (Schmidt & Finkbeiner, 2006; Finkbeiner & Lazar; Finkbeiner & Knierim, 2008; Wilden, 2008).