Ausgabe 96/2024

Gendersensible Sprache im Fremdsprachenunterricht Deutsch: Aktuelle Befunde aus Lehrmaterialien

Nathalie Stummer

German masculine personal nouns, which are widely used as gender-inclusive or generic forms of reference, are not always understood as such. ‘Gender-sensitive language’ attempts to create equality by referring to persons either through gender-neutral participles (Studierende) or gender-inclusive nouns (Student*innen). This has consequences for learners of German. This paper sheds light on the question whether contemporary teaching materials for German use gender-sensitive language and if so, how? A quantitative and quali­tative corpus analysis of teaching resources reveals that groups and individuals are predominantly referred to by generic masculine forms, while there is an increase of gender-neutral participles. The resources lack explanations on the use of gender-sensitive language, which makes it inaccessible to language learners.

Schlagwörter: Gendersensible Sprache, Korpusstudie, Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Fremdsprachendidaktik