Linguistic and Cultural Learning in the Salzburg Museum. Means of participation
Photograph: © Salzburg Museum
Out-of-school or informal learning places are becoming increasingly important due to their diverse potentials for sustainable learning experiences in all areas of education.Museums, in particular, offer numerous possibilities for action-oriented lessons in which participants not only expand their linguistic and (inter-)cultural competencies, but also experience museums as places of encounter and exchange.
The project SpraKuS (Linguistic and Cultural Learning in the Salzburg Museum. Means of Participation) focuses on ways to use the museum as a learning venue for linguistic and cultural learning: on the one hand, in the form of a course offered over one semester at the Salzburg Museum to accompany the exhibition „Salzburg einzigartig (Salzburg Unique)” (from Spring 2022); on the other hand, in the form of individual modules that can be offered by the Salzburg Museum to interested groups as needed (from11/2020), independent of thematic exhibitions.
The modules concentrate on three very well-known and historically relevant places (Fortress, Glockenspiel (Salzburg’s iconic bell tower), Panorama Museum) and can be used especially in existing learner groups for excursions, for example in language and integration courses, in voluntary language work, or as part of learning support for adolescent learners. They enable these diverse target groups to have learning experiences in environments where technical, linguistic and cultural learning are authentically linked. These learning experiences are mprimarily intended to raise awareness; help break down threshold fears and serve as “door openers” for active participation in cultural and social life in the city of Salzburg.
The language course, which is linked to the exhibition “Salzburg einzigartig (Salzburg unique)” [working title], enables particularly sustainable and comprehensive learning experiences by being offered over the course of a semester and being closely linked to historical and cultural topics. The”Salzburg einzigartig (Salzburg unique)” exhibition deals with central themes of Salzburg’s history. At the centre of each exhibition room is a leading object and its location in time and space. Various narrative perspectives are thematized around this leading object. As in previous exhibitions, the roomtexts for this exhibition will alsobe available in easy-to-read language (at level A2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
The Language Centre of the University of Salzburg designs the concept and materials for the learning units and the language course. In addition, a teacher’s guide with didactical-methodical tips for implementation will be created.
The target group is adult or adolescent learners of German as a second language. In the course/the learning units, in addition to linguistic competencies, higher-level competencies are taught in particular, which are intended to strengthen the autonomy of the learners and enable participation in social discourse: Competencies for dealing with (written) texts, general learning and communication strategies as well as intercultural and reflective discursive competencies for a differentiated examination of culture/s and history/ies.
The Language Centre is also responsible for the accompanying empirical research.
The project is the follow up project for the very sucessful project „Erzähl mir, Salzburg. Deutsch im Museum“, Sub project „Sag es einfach. Sag es laut. Leichte Sprache im Museum“.
- Margareta Strasser: head, coordination, conception
- Language Centre staff:
- Denis Weger (third party funded): conception, materials development
- Theresa Bogensperger: materials development
- Maria Zauner: materials development
- Salzburg Museum:
- Nadja Al Masri-Gutternig: Project lead
- Florian Bauer: Course leader Salzburg Museum
The project is sponsored by the Province of Salzburg and the Salzburg Museum.