Course Overview

This course tackles the question of how to combine traditional and modern media in foreign language classes in meaningful ways in order to support sustainable language learning processes and encourage students’ development as human beings. The different qualities of various media will be discussed in order to provide foreign language teachers with criteria which will enable them to decide which media to use for which age group and for which purpose.

Taking a vertical perspective, we will present ideas about how to support and add to the development of a healthy media literacy in our students, taking into account the needs and possibilities from classes 1 to 12. We follow the thesis that the development of media literacy and an understanding of digital media in adolescent students is based on the conscious use of stories and images by teachers in the lower classes. During the first five weeks of the course we will provide a variety of material: didactical thoughts, on the role of media, pedagogical background information, shared examples of good practice and methodological material. Continuous journaling exercises invite your reflective activity, aiming at connecting the provided input with your own experiences and teaching reality.

Since learning is a social activity to a great extend, taking part in collegial exchange and communication will increase the chance for lasting change in your teaching practice. Hence the element of collegial exchange constitutes an important part in the course. In a recent article in the Huffington Post, Otto Scharmer (Theory U) talks about the challenge of overcoming the knowing-doing gap which many of you will know all too well. Hence it is our aim to also implement some tools and habits, e.g. the method of action research, which can help to ensure that new and good ideas don’t stay in the realm of thought but really find their ways into practice – in ever new and creative ways. Therefore the course will offer proposals for personal research which will give you the possibility to practice some research methods and gather experiences yourself which can be exchanged with colleagues in the discussion forum and hence contribute to a growing body of knowledge within a learning commmunity.

Course Content


Martyn Rawson

Martyn Rawson

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Dr. Martyn Rawson was born in Glasgow in 1954. He studied English and History, and later did an MA and Professional Doctorate. He has been a teacher in Waldorf schools in the UK and Germany since 1979, working as a class teacher, subject teacher and high school teacher. He has taught on a number of Waldorf teacher education programmes and currently teaches at the Waldorf seminar in Kiel and at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart. He has carried out research, published a number of books on aspects of Waldorf education and has been an advisor and lecturer internationally for many years.


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  • Course level Beginner
  • Course Duration 0 week
  • Lessions 86
  • Quizzes 0
  • Pass parcentages 80
  • Certificate Yes
  • Language English