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Internationalising teacher training

Towards the internationalisation of teacher education

Every day, teachers are faced with the challenge of dealing with heterogeneous classes in a professional manner. Teachers who have the opportunity to critically engage with the varying levels of diversity in the classroom during their training are well prepared for similar situations in the future. Gaining and developing intercultural and foreign language skills and the experience of being new to and foreign in a culturally different environment can also help future teachers to prepare for teaching in a variety of teaching and learning settings.

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About the Internationalisation of teacher education project (Lehramt.International) at the University of Oldenburg: Dimensions of Diversity in Teacher Education

The DAAD funded project "Dimensions of Diversity in Teacher Education" aims to promote the sustainable internationalisation of teacher training at the University of Oldenburg. It is intended to facilitate stays abroad and to eliminate as many obstacles as possible, so that more students and teachers can go abroad to study and conduct research in the future. Mobility and exchanges will be organised at different levels and through various channels, including traditional student exchanges as well as guest lectureships abroad and summer schools.  Digital formats will also form part of this. Trainee teachers taking part in the exchanges will be supported both before and after their stay abroad, for example, through intercultural training sessions and the use of digital tools. Exchanges, learning and working together will contribute significantly to the Internationalisation at Home initiative.

The project is being carried out in cooperation with the following strategic partners: the University of Groningen (UG), the Netherlands, and Nelson Mandela University (NMU), South Africa.

The project focuses on raising trainee teachers' awareness of diversity in the teaching/learning setting, thereby helping them to better prepare for a future career as a teacher. Since classes are becoming increasingly heterogeneous, addressing the issue of diversity at an early stage plays a key role in teacher training. This will take place in various contexts, but primarily by participating in a semester abroad in Groningen or Port Elizabeth, ideally in combination with a school internship in the local area. Schools I (Education and Special Needs Education), III (English/American Studies, German Studies, Dutch Studies and Musicology) and V (Chemistry) are currently involved in the project; other subjects will be added in the future.

The objectives of this project are focused on sustainability: The curricula and structures will continue to be firmly embedded in teacher training, even after the project comes to an end, and the strategic partnerships with the University of Groningen and Nelson Mandela University will be further strengthened.

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