TEFLkollab is a joint teaching-research initiative carried out by Leo Will (Justus-Liebig University Giessen) and Caro Blume (TU Dortmund), but the real focus is on pre-service teachers and English language learners at local schools. Within the framework of TEFLkollab, university students "mentor" secondary pupils via synchronous video conferences and asynchronous videos exchanged on a protected platform. Designed as a sheltered practice teaching environment, TEFLkollab has the added benefit of fostering monologic and dialogic speaking opportunities in a formal language learning setting, but beyond the confines of the classroom. 

TEFLkollab Affiliations


Combining place-based, face-to-face instruction (f2f) in the classroom with more exploratory, collaborative, and increasingly self-regulated learning in virtual space (online), TEFLhybrid@JLU aims to develop students’ competencies and skills in terms of their digital competencies and their language pedagogy (TEFL). In this way, the initiative seeks to prepare future EFL practitioners for foreign language learning in the 21st century.

K4D: Kollaboratives Lehren und Lernen mit digitalen Medien in der Lehrer/-innenbildung: mobil – fachlich – inklusiv 

K4D is part of the “Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung”, a joint initiative of the Federal Government and the Länder which aims to improve the quality of teacher training. The programme is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Outputs of K4D are the responsibility of the researchers who develop and publish them.  

Our publications


Blume, C., García López, R. E., & Will, L. (i.D.). Leveraging collaboration: A digitally-mediated pedagogies-of-enactment approach to pre-service language teacher education. Zeitschrift für Fremdsprachenforschung. 

Blume, C. & Will, L. (i.D.). Reden ist Silber, Kollaboration ist Gold: Die Aktivierung angehender Englischlehrkräfte in einer digital gestützten Community of Practice. In L. Will, T. Zeyer, H. Martinez & J. Kurtz (Hrsg.), Giessener Beiträge zur Fremdsprachendidaktik. (Arbeitstitel) Digitale Lehre. Narr.