Dr. Werner Kieweg: "Mündlichkeit" - June 21, 2011

1. Dr. Werner Kieweg

For many years, Dr. Werner Kieweg was an academic director at the Chair of Didactics of the English Language and Literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. He conducted research on diverse areas such as a neurolinguistic basis of the understanding, memorising and generating of utterances in a foreign language and on the implementation of his research results in actual school lessons. Furthermore, he is a co-editor of the journal “Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch” and is involved as a course book author for specific handouts. Dr. Kieweg offers further trainings and is an advisor at the Institut für Schulqualität und Bildungsforschung (institute for school quality and education research) in Munich.

2. Abstract of the Lecture

The main aim of the communication-oriented teaching of foreign languages is an interactive speaking competence. This aim can only be reached if there is more speech in genuine learning scenarios. For this, the speech act has to be seen as a triple of “speech per se”, an accompanying creation of “non-verbal utterances” and the setting within an “action continuum”. It is shown how the interaction of tonal, visual, affective, episodic and cognitive parameters can be reached substantially as to increase individual speaking times.