Fachgruppe Englisch

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Projext Title (LehrerbildungPlus)

Heterogeneity & Digitalisation


Project Managers

Richard Powers (US)
Moritz Jahraus (PL)


Project Steering Committee

Prof. Dr. Jörg- U. Keßler (PL)
Prof. Dr. Marc Priewe (US)
Dr. Astrid Diener (US)


Research Design & Coordination, Conference Coordination

Dr. Saskia Schabio (US)


Project & eTwinning Coordinator

Moritz Hüttmann (US)



Sameeksha Luniya,  Project Manager Assistant (US)
Lucas Burkhardt,  Researcher & Archivist (US)
Julia Stützle, Workshop Assistant and Evaluation Specialist  (PL)
Simone Griener, Assistant Instructional Designer and Course Design Researcher (PL)


Project Description:

Our projects for LehrerbildungPLUS focus on two areas:

1. Between 2020-2023, we will design at least four blended learning courses to develop intercultural competence (knowledge, skills, attitudes) for Lehramt students of English at the five Hochschulen in Baden-Württemberg.

2. In July 2022, we’ll host an international conference bringing scholars and students together to discuss how English Language Learning (ELL) improves intercultural competence through online learning (blended courses, flipped courses and fully online). Call for Papers will appear in June 2020.

Our mission is to improve digitalization skills and diversity awareness for Lehramt students during their BA and Masters studies, so when they move to higher phases of training and then to their new schools, they are prepared and ready.

Our research focuses on:

  • Best Practices for blended (hybrid) learning ELL courses
  • Developing surveys to measure intercultural competencies
  • Ways to overcome teacher reluctance to try blended learning approaches
  • Ways American Cultural Studies approaches improve intercultural competencies
  • Inclusive practices



The Fachgruppe Engish is part of the following workstreams: digitalization and diversity/inclusion



Blended Learning Courses:

  • Powers, Richard. (Summer Semester 2020). Introduction to Teaching Online. M.Ed. BWB Seminar Blended Learning
  • Powers, Richard (Summer Semester 2020). Advanced Verbal Communication in Online Instruction. M.Ed. Seminar Blended Learning
  • Powers, Richard (Summer Semester 2020). Business English. Blended Learning course with students from Stuttgart University, PH-Ludwigsburg and Universität Hohenheim
  • Powers, Richard. (Winter Semester 2019/2020). Essay Writing & Research: Diversity Topics. Blended Learning Course taught with students from Stuttgart University, Ped Hochshule Ludwigsburg and Universitate Hohenheim with ILIAS.
  • Powers, Richard (Summer Semester 2018). Hip-Hop & American Culture. Blended Learning Course. Stuttgart University, ILIAS.
  • Powers, Richard (Summer Semester 2018). Intertextuality: 20th Century African American Music & Literature. Blended learning course taught with students from Stuttgart University and the MusikHochschule, ILIAS.
  • Powers, Richard, and Bundschuh, Jessica. (Winter Semester 2019/2020). Advanced Verbal Communication. Blended Learning course with Lehramt students delivering lessons across three modalities: onsite at Dillmann Gymnasium, online via ILIAS and live webinars via Zoom teleconferencing.


  • Diener, Astrid (Summer Semester 2020). Fachdidaktik Englisch II. Course on teaching literature, with a focus on intercultural and transcultural learning.
  • Diener, Astrid (Summer Semester 2020). Schools Debating. Course in British parliamentary style debating, with topics mainly centering on social diversity and inclusion.
  • Diener, Astrid (Summer Semester 2020). M.Ed.-Vorlesung. Diversität, Inklusion und Individualisierung. Lecture course open to all Lehramt students of all stubjects and to external guests.
  • Keßler, Jörg-U. (Winter Semester 2018/2019). Multilingualism in Germany and India – Chances & Challenges. Lecture course including blended learning scenarios; open to all English Lehramt students and to external guests, including guest lecturers from Delhi (online and blended) and Germany.
  • Schabio, Saskia. (Summer Semester 2019). Scandal and Civility – From the Early American Republic to the Digital Age. (Addressing political emotions, social media, concepts of the public sphere and citizenship).
  • Schabio, Saskia. (Summer Semester 2020). Deep and Slow – Reading in the Digital Classroom. In collaboration with Chat der Welten, BW. (Research seminar on creating cultural sensitivity through literature, in cooperation with the initative Chat der Welten, BW, https://www.engagement-global.de/chat-der-welten.html), revolving around the theme of empathy,  and the challenges of affording ‘deep reading’ in digital environments).



  • Powers, Richard. (2019). „E-Racing Horders: Glocalizing Transdisciplinary Studies with Online Blueprints for Future Academics and Managers in Germany, the U.S. and Africa.” University of Amsterdam. Association of Interdisciplinary Studies 31st Annual Conference, Amsterdam.
  • Schabio, Saskia. (2017).“Emotionen digital lesen lernen?” Digitalisierung und Englischunterricht, PSE Stuttgart-Ludwigsburg.
  • Schabio, Saskia. (2017). “Thinking and Feeling Beyond the Nation?” – Emotion, Cognition, Cosmopolitanism. Université de Limoges.
  • Schabio, Saskia. (2018). “Transnational Minds”. University of Kent, Canterbury (UK)
  • Schabio, Saskia. (2019). “’To Set a Quiet Drama Going’ – Embodied Reading as Performance’”, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz.


Online Webinars:

  • Powers, Richard (2020, Jan 9). “Introduction to Teaching Online.” City Colleges of Chicago Faculty Training, Chicago IL.
  • Powers, Richard (2019, Dec 3). “Preparing for Excellence: Ten Benefits of International Collaboration for Teachers in Training.” Teacher Training Initiative, European Schoolnet Academy, Brussels.

Online Seminar Series:







  • Powers, Richard (2020, Mar 27-Apr 2). COVID-19 Keep Teaching! Planning & Delivering Remote Instruction During This Hard Time. European Schoolnet Academy, Brussels.
    • Part 1: “COVID-19 Context & Moving Online” (Mar 27).
    • Part 2: “Designing Lessons for Remote Instruction” (Mar 30).
    • Part 3: “Open Resource Tools:  What You Can Do Now” (Apr 1).
    • Part 4: “Global Support, Engagement, Motivation & Presence for Remote Instruction” (Apr 2).



Diener, Astrid (2016): „Förderung des Transfers von der Theorie in die Praxis. Effekte der Verzahnung von wissenschaftlichen und anwendungsbezogenen Ausbildungsinhalten auf die Kompetenzentwicklung von Lehramtsstudierenden der Fachdidaktik Englisch.“ In: Legutke. Michael K. / Schart, Michael (Hrsg.). Fremdsprachendidaktische Professionsforschung: Brennpunkt Lehrerbildung. Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto, 127-144.

Diener, Astrid (2016): „Erfolgreiche Unterrichtsführung in der Fachdidaktikausbildung des Fachs Englisch: Konzeption einer Lehreinheit über die professionelle Unterrichtswahrnehmung und erste Ergebnisse ihrer Evaluation“. In: Heibler, Markus / Bartel, Katrin / Hackmann, Kristina / Weyand, Birgit (Hrsg.)(2016): Leadership in der Lehrerbildung. University of Bamberg Press: Bamberg, 165-176.

Keßler, J.-U. (mit. R. Arntzen, G. Hakansson & A. Hjelde.  (eds.) (2019): Teachability and learnability across languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Keßler, J.-U. (2018): “English Language Learning – An SLA-based Approach”. In: Surkamp, C. & B. Viebrock (eds.): Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler; pp. 73-88.

Keßler, J.-U. (mit Viktoria Ilse)  (2017): “Living Interculturalism instead of Teaching Interculturalism.” In: Aicher-Jakob, M. & L. Marti (eds.): Education – Dialogue – Culture. Migration and Interculturalism as Educational Responsibilities. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag Hohengehren; S. 139 – 152.

Schabio, Saskia (2018). “No Game of Chess: Dominoes and the Modelling of Alternative Public Spheres in Menéndez and Glissant”. Games of Empires: Kulturhistorische Konnotationen von Brettspielen in transnationalen und imperialen Kontexten. Hg. Karen Aydin, Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn et. al. Berlin: LITVerlag, 39-58.



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