This seminar prepares for and accompanies the 'Berufsfeldbezogene Praxisstudie' (BPST) in the course of your English studies. The seminar can only be taken in the context of the BPST and is obligatory for this practical.
In English, the BPST involves a cooperation project with different schools. The seminar prepares for a placement at these schools, which will take place once a week during the term (starting week 2 or 3). In the school placement, you will be supervising small groups of pupils in the form of project work. Depending on the group of pupils, this can involve helping students with special needs, low L2 proficiency, but also challenging projects for stronger students (e.g. theatre, radio play production).
In a nutshell:
- 2 obligatory block seminars in the first week of the term as a preparation BEFORE the practical
- weekly course at a partner school in Bielefeld or Herford AFTER the preparatory seminars
- regular seminars (every other week) accompanying the practical
- 2-3 practice-oriented sessions with a school teacher (e.g. to discuss 'everyday problems')
- final report
The preparatory/accompanying seminar aims to provide you with the basics you need to support your groups of pupils: diagnostic testing, basics of lesson planning, material design, classroom management and differentiation, providing feedback,…
The seminar involves active phases, which makes regular attendance a prerequisite.
The practical phase involves writing a final report, usually a case study on the project work.
There is a permanent shelf in the library (C) which can be used for preparation and course work.
As an alternative to this course, English students can also do their BPST in the 'FörBi' programme. In the FörBi course, the focus is on school students for whom English is an L3, not an L2.