Prof. Dr. Grit Mehlhorn

Prof. Dr. Grit Mehlhorn


Didaktik der slavischen Sprachen
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15, Room 4407
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37456


Grit Mehlhorn is a Professor of Didactics of Slavic Languages at the Institute for Slavic Studies at the University of Leipzig. She studied Eastern Slavic Studies, Eastern and Southeastern European Studies, Applied Linguistics and German as a Foreign Language at the Universities of Leipzig and Kiev and Polish as a Foreign Language at the University of Katowice. After completing her doctorate, she worked as a teacher for special assignments, research associate and junior professor in the field of didactics of German as a foreign language at the universities of Leipzig, Stuttgart and the Technical University of Berlin. In March 2007 she moved to the Institute for Slavic Studies at the University of Leipzig, where she trains teachers of Polish, Russian and Czech. Her research focuses on multilingualism, pronunciation acquisition, tertiary and origin language didactics. She has been a member of the "Zeitschrift für Fremdsprachenforschung" since 2008 and editor-in-chief since 2014.

Professional career

  • since 03/2007
    Professor for Didactics of Slavic Languages at the Institute for Slavic Studies at the University of Leipzig
  • 05/2006 - 02/2007
    Junior Professor of German as a Foreign Language at the Institute for Language and Communication at the Technische Universität Berlin
  • 10/2003 - 04/2006
    Research assistant at the Institute for Linguistics/Germanic Studies at the University of Stuttgart
  • 04/2002 - 09/2003
    Research assistant in the project "Development of a TestDaF-based study-accompanying counselling and course concept
  • 10/2000 - 09/2003
    Teacher for special tasks at the Herder Institute of the University of Leipzig in the Department of Didactics/Methodology of German as a Foreign Language, supervision of the internships


  • 10/2009 - 04/2011
    Postgraduate studies of Polish culture and Polish as a foreign language (Silesian University Katowice)
  • 04/1999 - 09/2000
    Postgraduate studies of German as a foreign language at the Herder Institute of the University of Leipzig
  • 10/1997 - 09/2000
    Graduate studies at the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Leipzig in the graduate program "Universality and Diversity: Linguistic Structures and Processes" as a scholarship holder of the German Research Foundation, dissertation on the
  • 10/1992 - 09/1997
    Studies of Eastern Slavic Studies, Applied Linguistics, Eastern and Southeastern European Studies at the University of Leipzig and the Taras-Ševčenko-University of Kiev (Ukraine)
  • Mehlhorn, G.
    Anbahnung von Aussprachediagnosekompetenzen in der Fremdsprachenlehrerausbildung
    Fremdsprachen Lehren und Lernen. 2020. 49 (1). pp. 79-97
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  • Mehlhorn, G.; Rutzen, K. M.; Krauß, E.
    Gelebte Mehrsprachigkeit in russisch- und polnischsprachigen Familien in Deutschland: Eine longitudinale Betrachtung
    Zeitschrift für Interkulturellen Fremdsprachenunterricht. 2020. 25 (1). pp. 27-52
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  • Mehlhorn, G.; Brehmer, B. (Eds.)
    Potenziale von Herkunftssprachen. Sprachliche und außersprachliche Faktoren.
    Tübingen: Stauffenburg. 2018
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  • Brehmer, B.; Mehlhorn, G.
    Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto. 2018
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  • Mehlhorn, G.
    Differenzierung im Russischunterricht - Einblicke in ein Aktionsforschungsprojekt.
    Didaktik der slawischen Sprachen. Beiträge zum 2. Arbeitskreis in Innsbruck (19.-20.2.2018). Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press. 2019. pp. 203-234
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more publications

  • Didactics of Slavonic Languages 1

    "Introduction to the Didactics of Slavonic Languages in Schools"

    Overview of foreign language learning goals, contents and methods. Planning of competence-oriented Russian, Polish and Czech lessons based on modern didactic principles.

    "Specialized teaching - conception and design"

    Teaching of foreign-language competences in reading and listening comprehension, speaking, writing and mediation, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and intercultural learning

  • Didactics of Slavonic Languages 2

    "Practical exercises at school" (SPÜ) Russian, Polish, Czech

    The SPÜ consist of preparatory and follow-up seminars as well as group hospitations and teaching attempts of each individual student in Russian classes at a school in Leipzig or at the Augustum-Annen-Gymnasium Görlitz (Polish classes) or the Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasium Pirna (Czech classes).

  • Didactics of Slavonic Languages 3

    Seminar "Specialized teaching − conception and design II

    Insights into foreign language teaching and learning processes, specific teaching methods, curricular documents, textbooks. Internally differentiation in classes with heritage speakers, exercise typology, use of media.

    Colloquium "Didactic Judgment and Research"

    Assessment of student performance, development of motivation to learn, diversity of methods. Critical reception of foreign language didactic research work, methods and results.

  • Didactics of Slavonic Languages 4

    The School Practical Studies (SPS IV/V) are carried out as a four-week block internship during the lecture-free period (end of February to the end of March or end of August to the end of September) and consist of approx. 25 hours of observation and up to 15 held lessons in Polish, Russian or Czech at a school of the type studied (Gymnasium or Oberschule). Registration for the block internship is done at the beginning of the semester via the internship portal.

  • Research Colloquium "Empirical Language Didactics Leipzig"

    This research colloquium is aimed at doctoral students who want to do a doctorate in empirical foreign language research. It is designed to be cross-lingual (English, German as a second and foreign language, Romance and Slavic languages) and is jointly offered by the foreign language didactics experts of the Faculty of Philology. The colloquium provides a forum for young scholars to discuss current research projects.