TRANSLANG – Translanguaging in International Teacher Training

اهلا وسهلا Ahoj! ¡Bienvenid@s! A warm welcome to the pages of the research project 'TRANSLANG - Translanguaging in International Teacher Training!

Since January/June 2021, the University of Hildesheim participates in the program Lehramt.International of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The project 'TRANSLANG - Translanguaging in the international teacher training' is one of 19 model projects in Germany.

The aim of TRANSLANG is to:

  • anchor the topic of multilingualism and translanguaging in the teacher training programs of the German and partner universities
  • expand the network with teacher training locations abroad
  • promote "internationalization at home" in order to enhance the intercultural competencies of students and to enable teachers to make their intercultural expertise accessible to others
  • improve teaching-related internationalization and make it more visible
  • increase the international mobility of teacher training students.


16 September 2022: Networking trip in September to UAEMex Toluca/Mexico

From September 8 to September 16, we (Dr. Janina Vernal Schmidt and Finja Schmalz) were on a networking trip to visit Toluca at UAEMex in the state of Mexico. There we visited our colleagues and the four Hildesheim scholarship students who are studying at the language faculty at the moment. The trip served to further deepen our joint activities such as this year's and future student exchanges between Hildesheim and Toluca, to get to know the Mexican student teachers who will be visiting us in Hildesheim for a semester starting in October 22, and to plan and prepare a joint research project on the topic of 'Beliefs and attitudes of Mexican student teachers and teachers:in relation to multilingualism in school'. Based on the findings of the survey, a practice-oriented workshop for the Mexican student teachers will be developed and carried out at the beginning of next year. 

During a previous research visit in July 2022, Dr. Vernal Schmidt was able to give an introductory lecture on the topic of multilingualism in school in Germany udn Mexico at the Facultad de Lenguas of UAEM, both in the B.A. and in the Master. She also conducted two workshops on the topic with the student teachers and met and exchanged ideas with the scholarship students from Hildesheim. Together with Dr. María Estrada we also realized a wonderful excursion to the Centro Cultural Otomí in Temoaya.

Furthermore we were able to visit the Universidad Intercultural del Estado de México (UIEM) in San Felipe del Progreso in September together with two of the four Hildesheim scholarship holders. We received an exceptionally warm welcome from the president of UIEM, Dra. Xóchitl Guadarrama, and were invited to participate in a ceremonial multilingual greeting with students from UIEM. In addition, we received a taster course in Mazahua, a language spoken in the Ixtlahuaca Valley (Aalle de Ixtlahuaca) on the border between the states of México and Michoacán. In addition, we were able to talk with faculty and students from the B.A. programs in language, culture, and crafts (printing, blacksmithing, woodworking), watch them at work, and learn a lot about the philosophy (service learning with the non-Spanish-speaking communities in the area) of the intercultural university. The visit ended with singing and dance performances and a delicious traditional Mexican meal (pollo en mole negro and gelatina).

We are very grateful for the great organization and hospitality of Dr. María Estrada and Barbara Bangle as well as the colleagues of UIEM and leave Mexico with many new impressions and ideas in our luggage. We are looking forward to further collaboration with our Mexican friends and cooperation partners and are looking forward to welcoming the Mexican exchange students for the winter semester 22/23 at SUH.


2nd TRANSLANG Projektband in math in winter semester 22/23

Dear students, in the winter semester Professor Barbara Schmidt-Thieme offers a Projektband on 'Sprachen und Fachunterricht: Translanguaging in Mathematik'.

Here you find the link to the event in the LSF.

27 - 28 September 2022: Workshops on Diversity in Children's Books and Textbooks with Dr. Janina M. Vernal Schmidt, Dr. Nadin Tettschlag and Professor Viola B. Georgi at the Fall Academy #kinderbuch for Hildesheim BA students.

The one-week interdisciplinary Autumn Academy enables students from Hildesheim (education, teaching German or art, literature, theater) to get to know and explore issues in children's and young people's literature beyond the horizon of their own subjects.

Professor Viola B. Georgi, Dr. Nadin Tettschlag from the Center for Educational Integration (ZBI) and Dr. Janina M. Vernal Schmidt from IdSL will work together with SUH students in several workshops on the topic of diversity in children's and school textbooks. In particular, the differences between language, origin, class, gender, as well as the topic of refugees will be addressed and worked on with the help of a self-reflexive approach from a discrimination-critical perspective.

It is special that the workshops take place in the exhibition space "Diversity in Children's Books", which was originally created for the ZBI special exhibition "Diversity in Children's Books" 2018 at the VHS Hildesheim and additionally with comics selected for a book table at the Diversity Day 2019: Hildesheim ist divers* - 'Diversity im Comic'. The exhibited works will be included in the workshops and can thus stimulate a diversity-sensitive perception and reflection of these educational media.

Further information and registration for the lectures and workshops can be found by Hildesheim students in the LSF of the University of Hildesheim.

Brief information

Project management: Elke Montanari, Barbara Schmidt-Thieme, Bettina Kluge
Coordination & management: Janina M. Vernal Schmidt, Finja Schmalz
Cooperation partners: Ain Shams University, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Free University of Bolzano, Masaryk University

Funding: DAAD (programme 'Lehramt.International') with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Duration: 01/2021 until 12/2024