This glossary explains frequently used terms relating to the language/integration nexus and guides you through the apparent complexities of the relevant concepts and terminology.

Fertigkeiten (Skills)

Listening, speaking, reading and writing – these are the skills which language teaching and learning processes aim to impart and develop. Throughout the history of foreign and second language education, the importance attached to these various skills has varied, as has their assessment.

Today, the focus is on building practical skills in the foreign or second language. One example is the action-oriented approach promoted by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)); here, language education is intended to equip learners with the skills they need to communicate and deal with all the every-day situations of relevance to them. In order to achieve this goal, it is important not to view these various language skills in isolation but to combine them, utilise them and practise them in various contexts and in combination with others such as media and intercultural skills.



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