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Completed 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

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...

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...

This research overview focuses on differences between individuals when it comes to results in learning foreign languages in school. The aim is to identify and discuss...

In the project “Multilingual Production by Children and Professionals in Playgroups” (Mehrsprachige Praktiken von Kindern und Fachpersonen in Spielgruppen, MePraS) a typology of multilingual...

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...

This project aims to describe the development of productive writing skills in children with a Portuguese immigration background living in Switzerland (in the language of...

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, Prof. Anita Thomas

The aim of this project is the empirically-based development of assessments to test the profession-specific language skills in teachers of French, English and Italian as a foreign language in...

The aim of the current project it to evaluate the learning impact of an age-appropriate, feasible exchange setting (two short, direct interactions embedded in contact via e-mail and video) at the...

This project aims at documenting and discussing the conditions for implementing bilingual teaching at primary school level based on two main issues:

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If the aim is to measure how well learners can actually use a foreign language, then competence-oriented testing with near-authentic tasks is the method of choice. There is, however, a need for...

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 Italiana (SUPSI)

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...

Current approaches to foreign language teaching and learning focus strongly on language in use. The overarching aim is communicative competence, a consequence of, mainly...

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 aimed to gain empirical knowledge about how learners deal with multilingual teaching approaches in the foreign language classroom and to acquire a better understanding of the...

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...

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...

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