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Closed projects

Multilingualism in individuals

This area of research deals with the simultaneous or successive acquisition of several languages (first, second and third languages) in various age groups and in varying demographic sectors – including the immigrant population. Through longitudinal empirical studies, researchers will shed light on the factors that influence the development of individual language competence.

Direction: Prof. Raphael Berthele

The project "Language of origin and language at school: are language skills transferable?" was initiated to explore potential transfers between the language of origin and the language spoken at...

Project conducted by the University of Teacher Education Graubünden PHGR

The project "Rumantsch receptiv" was created to develop teaching material for independent study and/or use in...

A joint research initiative of the Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture Group and the project Categories across Language and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics,...

Project conducted by the University of Bern (UniBE) and the Osservatorio linguistico della Svizzera Italiana (OLSI)

Concluded at the end of 2013, the project "Italiano ricettivo" developed...

Sinergia-Project of the Swiss National Science Foundation, no. 130457

This project examines dimensions of multilingualism...

Postdoctoral thesis: Dr. Andrea Ender, Swiss National Science Foundation no. PA00P1_129070

Adult language acquisition (of German) has generated a great deal of scientific interest over the...

Supported by the Jacobs Foundation, Loterie Romande, Oertli Foundation

Chunsch druus? (Swiss German for “get it?”) is a learning programme aimed at the general, mainly younger learner who...

Teaching and learning languages, assessing and evaluating language skills

Research in this area focuses on developing, diagnosing and guiding multilingual and pluricultural competences. It addresses three main issues: first, language acquisition in its non-guided, guided (classroom) and autonomous forms; second, the didactics of second languages and multilingualism including key aspects such as teaching and learning objectives, curricula and syllabuses as well as methods of teaching and learning languages; and third, the assessment of language competence and the evaluation of language programmes.

Direction: Prof. Thomas Studer

Swiss National Science Foundation, Marie Heim-Voegtlin funding, no. 151452

The aim of this project is to study the linguistic competences of bilingual children when...

In the spring of 2017, the CDIP/EDK assessed for the first time the basic skills in the first foreign language of schoolchildren at the end of primary school. On...

This project is based on the results of a survey of teachers at upper secondary schools, which was carried out by the General Secretariat of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education...

Project conducted by the University of Teacher Education Schaffhausen (PHSH) and the University of Teacher Education Graubünden (PHGR)

Texts in the social sciences at schools are often...

Project conducted by the University of Teacher Education Lucerne (PH Luzern)

This project examined how teaching foreign languages advances – or can advance – (inter-)cultural competence and...

Project conducted by the University of Teacher Education Lucerne (PH Luzern).

This research project investigated the impact of linguistic exchange activities on the development of...

In collaboration with the University of Teacher Education St. Gallen (PHSG) and the Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera...

The goal of the project "Multilingual sequences in history lessons: processes to solve intercomprehension tasks and appropriate learner profiles" was twofold: First, the project adjusted...

Swiss National Science Foundation, project funding, Project no. 135407

The aim of this project is to develop basic standards for the languages taught at schools where...

There is little verified, i.e. empirically based knowledge about how second-language courses should be best designed to meet the specific needs of adult learners in low-threshold language courses...

Project conducted by the University of Geneva (UNIGE)

The main objective of the project was to employ empirical methodology in order to investigate which genre features can be taught. By...

This project was realised within a DORE project of the University of Teacher Training Valais and examined the influence the bilingual study requirements have on future teachers’ ability to acquire...

Commissioned by: Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education EDK

From 2006 to 2009, an official proposal for Swiss...

In this project, commissioned by NWEDK, EDK Ost and BKZ, suitable lingualevel test packages were compiled to test the levels of the foreign languages French and English in public schools in...

continuation of the assessment agency ZD j in 2009

This practical research project, commissioned by the Swiss Conference of...

Multilingualism in institutions and society

This area addresses social and institutional issues in multilingualism. Investigation focuses on schools, the workplace, cultural and political institutions, language policy and the law. Adopting a sociological and anthropological approach, the research examines societal processes of valorising or devaluing certain languages and their speakers as well as power issues in linguistic communities, social inequalities and the impact of globalisation on multilingual practices.

Direction: Prof. Alexandre Duchêne

PhD project supervisors: Prof. Alexandre Duchêne, Prof. em. Georges Darms, University of Fribourg

The focus of the PhD project is placed on linguistic and cultural discourses which come to...

At the turn of the century, the globalized economy, the weight of international agencies and transnational migrations have increased the demand for multilingual...

Swiss National Science Foundation, project funding, project no. 143184

The project examines the German-French language border in...

In line with the growth of linguistically mediated knowledge in the neoliberal new economy, the international health care sector requires some of its workforce to be multilingual, reflecting an...

In 2010, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) began conducting an annual population census. The data are mainly gathered from registers of residents, with additional information coming from survey...

In cooperation with the University of Lausanne UNIL

Today's labour market is characterised by a globalised economy with increasing immigration and mobility. Current economic, social and...

Project conducted by the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI)

In the interest of advancing multilingualism in public services, the Swiss Confederation is legally bound to promoting...

Swiss National Science Foundation, independent pure research grant, project no. 100012 129885

Work in our project “Performing Swissness:...

A project at the University of teacher education Fribourg

This project lays out a critical approach towards a pedagogy of diversity...

In cooperation with the University of Zürich (UZH)

In Switzerland’s political dialogue, an adequate representation of Swiss language communities in the Federal Administration is considered...

Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología, Plan Nacional de la Ciencia I+D

This project focuses on the study of multilingualism from the perspective of the...

The city Biel/Bienne is experiencing an economic boom. Alongside the traditional watch industry, Biel/Bienne has set its sights on diversification and is now exploring the service and...

The object of the present investigation is to undertake ethnographic studies at three sites: a non-governmental organization dedicated to adult education, a public hospital, and a multinational...

Swiss National Science Foundation, NRP 56 Language diversity and linguistic competences in Switzerland

This project adopts a...