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Course: Children discover the world of written language

Reading and spelling didactics

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Semester: 2

Cultural techniques


Learning to write and read are complex cognitive abilities that are developed on the basis of an integrative interaction of kinaesthetic, vestibular, visual, and auditory perceptual abilities. Guiding children on their way to written language means relating to them linguistically in order to further develop oral expression as the basis of thinking through writing. This course develops methods for building reading and writing skills at the word, sentence, and text levels.

  • Pre-literacy abilities in the early stages of schooling as well as prerequisites for the acquisition of written language, taking into account the literacy concept
  • Models of acquisition of written language in the context of subject didactic literacy acquisition research (also in the context of German as a second language)
  • Promotion of basic reading skills and reading comprehension at the word, sentence, and text level
  • Basic orthographic knowledge and skill-oriented spelling strategies as well as developmental level-appropriate observation procedures for spelling development
  • Target-oriented exercises for the differentiated and individual promotion of spelling skills based on the individual learning starting points as well as developmentally appropriate materials in the area of spelling
  • Targeted and explicit introduction of working techniques as a basis for independent discovery and learning
  • Self-reflexive approach to spelling in spelling lessons
  • Methodological–didactic models for language reflection and language observation, in particular grammar using the linguistically heterogeneous classroom

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