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.


Lecture with Professor Elke Montanari and Professor Claudine Kirsch on 8 July on the topic "Reading to young children: Why? How?"

In a short lecture, Professor Claudine Kirsch and Professor Elke Montanari will show how to read books with one to three year old children. They will explain the importance of reading for language development and dispel some myths by this way. Afterwards the two experts will answer your questions. The event is going to be held on Belval Campus at the University of Luxembourg.

Please register with Ms De Sá Santos by 28 June.


Meeting with lecturers from the four TRANSLANG partner universities at Hildesheim

In June, the Hildesheim project team received six lecturers from our four partner universities of the TRANSLANG project (Egypt, Mexico, Italy and the Czech Republic) during the 2nd TeacherTranslanguagingCamp. Activities such as a dinner, a meeting with the team of the International Office and with the Vice President for International Affairs, Professor Bettina Kluge, as well as a guided tour through the ancient Egyptian collection in the Roemer-Pelizaeus Museum, provided loads of opportunities to get to know each other better. We talked about the project, exchanged ideas about future joint international teaching and workshops as well as on the topic of multilingualism in the educational institutions of the countries and explored further possibilities for internationalising our teacher training programmes.

It was good that the project band students, who will be going to Toluca and Bolzano with TRANSLANG / Erasmus scholarships in August, were able to get to know the lecturers personally and exchange information about their planned stay abroad. We would like to thank all participants for the great conversations and the interesting academic exchange. We look forward to seeing you again soon in Mexico and Egypt and to many joint projects and publications.

Our visitors were:

Ain Shams University Cairo

Dr. Heba Emam (Lecturer at the German Department)
Amr Azouz (PhD student)

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México

Dr. María Estela Estrada Cortés (Lecturer at the Department of English as a Foreign Language)

FU Bolzano

Dr. Marjan Asgari (Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, German as a Foreign Language)

Masaryk University Brno

Dr. Miroslav Janík (Researcher and Postdoc at the Institute for Research in School Education)
Jana Veličková (PhD student and lecturer at the Institute for German Language and Literature)

2nd hybrid TeacherTranslanguagingCamp from 27 June - 1 July 2022

Under the motto "Multilingual (Non-)Formal Learning Spaces and the Historical Dimensions of Translanguaging", this year's TeacherTranslanguagingCamp took place digitally and in presence in Hildesheim for the second time. 

The keynote speaker was the renowned Professor Li Wei from University College London. In addition to multilingual workshops with lecturers from Egypt, Italy and Mexico, this time we planned a very special event in cooperation with the Roemer-Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim. The intercultural workshop took up the topic of "Diversity and Multilingualism in Museums" and explored it in greater depth. The conference week was rounded off with a discussion with experts and practitioners on the topic of "Support and Experiences - Newly Immigrated Children and Young People in Lower Saxony's Schools and Kitas". 

Further information and materials on the 2nd TTC can be found here.

Guest lecturer from the partner university UAEMex (Toluca/Mexico) visits TRANSLANG

From 22 November to 3 December 2021, Barbara Bangle Villavicencio, long-time and experienced lecturer at the Facultad de Lenguas of our partner university UAEMex (Toluca/Mexico) visited Hildesheim. We are very pleased that we were able to personally welcome an international guest lecturer at SUH despite the difficult pandemic conditions.

Barbara Bangle has been teaching English as a foreign language at the language faculty of UAEMex for many years and focuses on the topic of 'Action Research in Classrooms'. Her visit to the University of Hildesheim was mainly to get to know the structures of our university better and to network with colleagues. The discussion of jointly organised online teaching by Hildesheim and Mexican student groups and the planning of student exchanges within the framework of TRANSLANG were also at the centre of her visit. In addition, Barbara used her stay for academic exchange with other professors and lecturers at SUH. 

Among other things, she visited the project band on the topic of translanguaging, which is led by Dr. Janina Vernal Schmidt. Barbara gave the students first insights into the Mexican education system as well as into the linguistic and cultural diversity of Mexico. Prof. Viola Georgi's project tape also benefited from Ms Bangle's expertise. In addition, Barbara Bangle took part in a research colloquium at FB3 on the topic of action research and engaged in an in-depth exchange with colleagues from the English Department. Further virtual and face-to-face meetings took place, for example with the entire TRANSLANG team (Prof. Dr. Bettina Kluge, Prof. Dr. Elke Montanari, Prof. Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Thieme, Dr. Janina Vernal Schmidt and Finja Schmalz) for internal project exchange. The colleagues from the International Office, such as Anna Pulm and the Latin America coordinator María Camacho-Mohr, also met with Barbara Bangle for an exchange and to cultivate relationships. In Göttingen, Veronika Mutabazi from the DAWID project welcomed Barbara Bangle and gave her a tour of the city. At the Hildesheim campus, Ms Bangle received support from student assistant Marvin Böckmann.

We thank Barbara Bangle for her courage to embark on such a long journey full of imponderables in times of pandemic. We enjoyed her visit very much, learned a lot of new things about the Mexican educational landscape and the linguistic-cultural diversity of the country and laughed a lot together. We are therefore all the more pleased that we can draw on her expertise in research on teaching with linguistically diverse groups in the project volume Translanguaging and that we will be able to meet her again virtually as a lecturer in a workshop together with our Mexican colleague Dr. María Estela Estrada at our first TeacherTranslanguagingCamp on 7 December 21.

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