Claudia Daiber (lecturer German language UvA) and Almut Meyer (lecturer at the Centre for Language and Communication Studies,University of Turku, Finland)
Department: European Studies
Programme: BA European Studies
Courses: European Studies German Advanced
February 2020 through March2020
Mode of operation:  Telecollaboration. Password protected website with an installed podcast possibility

At the University of Amsterdam students of European Studies are obliged to earn 24 ECTS by following a language module. The students can choose from a variety of language among which is also the German language. During the last years the German language module attracted about 60 students per year. About one fourth of this group enters the course at a level of at least A2+ or even B1 according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages and for this reason is assigned to a subgroup labeled advanced. In more pragmatic terms this means that these students are challenged to communicate in an academic manner on a given subject.

In order to further this aim, Almut Meyer and I set up a telecollaboration program between the class of ES German Advanced students at the University of Amsterdam and a corresponding group of students from the University of Turku. The subject which we decided on for the joint telecollaboration project was the 75th anniversary of the freeing of Auschwitz in 1945 by the Red Army.

  • Telecollaboration is a didactic model for learning languages and intercultural communication through cross-border contact. Students are working together online.

See also: the Toolwheel FGw.


With this project the students have gained insight into

  • the other group’s understanding of the Holocaust;
  • reasons and motives for differences in understanding; and
  • their functioning when applying the German language as a lingua franca regarding this specific subject.
The added value of this online communication has been that
  • students are encouraged to develop their communication skills in a digital environment;
  • students are encouraged to develop their intercultural language competences;
  • students are encouraged to reflect their own cultural patterns by comparison with the ones of their partners.

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