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07/13/2022 | Campus-Meldung

Kassel Research Group at the Congress of the Association for Language Awareness

At the 16th Congress of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA), Prof. Dr. Claudia Finkbeiner was confirmed in office as president of the organization. Finkbeiner is head of the Department of Foreign Language Teaching and Learning Research & Intercultural Communication at the University of Kassel. This year's conference on language awareness and the journal Language Awareness Stand in the sign of your 30th anniversary. Symbolically, one of the founding fathers, Prof. Dr. Peter Garrett, was appointed honorary member.

Prof. Dr. Claudia Finkbeiner.

Scholars were invited to the ALA's "Language Awareness for the Next 30 Years" conference to celebrate, evaluate, and, most importantly, innovatively continue 30 years of activity in researching and promoting language awareness. More urgent than ever are adequate solutions to super-diversity in relation to multilingualism and multiculturalism. In addition to presenters as well as guest auditors from all over the world, the Kassel University Team English Studies/American Studies of Foreign Language Teaching and Learning Research and Intercultural Communication of Prof. Claudia Finkbeiner were present at the digital conference from July 07 to 09. In its 16th run, it focused particularly on the issues of language awareness in relation to education, citizenship, workplace and media. Together with the Association for Language Awareness committee, Brazil was deliberately chosen as the venue to further advance the Language Awareness movement on the continent of South America. Brazil represents the South American countries and thus an incredibly large variety of languages and language varieties.

The team of Kassel researchers around Prof. Dr. Claudia Finkbeiner, Dr. Madeleine Olson, Wiebke Sophie Ost, Marcel Foerster and Yvonne Hesse actively participated with presentations on "What is hot, what is not? Research conducted on language awareness and multilingualism over a decade in Germany", "Investigating diverse university student group communication in a digital learning environment: a qualitative and quantitative analysis of self-, peer-, and group-assessment data" and "Life Stories in the past and present: an empirical study". For the Kassel team, language awareness and digital teaching and learning are part of everyday life. For example, the digitization project "Online Educational Initiatives" was awarded in 2019 as part of the Hessian University Prize for Excellence in Teaching by the Hessian Minister of Science Angela Dorn. While the aforementioned context focused in particular on the anchoring of the project in university teaching and the implementation in the digital learning environment, the researchers presented, among other things, the results of the accompanying research.

This year's conference was organized and conducted by Prof. Dr. Marcelo Concario and his team at the Faculty Faculdade de Arquitetura, Artes, Comunicação e Design - Câmpus de Bauru of the University Universidade Estadual Paulista in Brazil. Since 1992, the Association for Language Awareness has organized biennial conferences. Kassel professor Claudia Finkbeiner has been the organization's president for many years. She was re-elected to her post on July 8, 2022, and will preside over the association for another two years.




Prof. Dr. Claudia Finkbeiner, Dr. Agnes Madeleine Olson, Wiebke Sophie Ost, Marcel Foerster, Yvonne Hesse
University of Kassel
Department 02
Institute for English/American Studies
Foreign Language Teaching and Learning Research & Intercultural Communication
Kurt-Wolters-Str. 5
34125 Kassel




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