Linguistic exchange activities and their impact on intercultural competence and language learning motivation

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

Responsibility: Dr. des. Sybille Heinzmann (PH Luzern); research assistant: Nicole Schallhart (PH Luzern); 2012-2014

Executive summary
Final report

Project description:
This research project investigates the impact of linguistic exchange activities on the development of intercultural competence, intercultural attitudes, and language learning motivation of upper secondary level students. Furthermore, the project seeks to identify criteria or conditions for the success of linguistic exchange activities. In order to do so, linguistic exchange activities which differ in terms of TL area and duration will be included in the study.

In agreement with the national strategy for language teaching – which stipulates the teaching of at least one national language besides the global lingua franca English – the study analyses exchange programs both within Switzerland (target languages: French or German), and abroad (target language: English).

The study belongs to the projects selected by the Research Centre on Multilingualism in response to the Call for Proposals surrounding the topic “Language teaching and learning at school from a multilingual perspective”. It is financed by the Research Centre on Multilingualism and the University of Teacher Education of Lucerne. 

Dr. des. Sybille Heinzmann, Tel. +41 41 228 71 37, sybille.heinzmann@phlu.ch
Institut für Lehren und Lernen, Töpferstrasse 10, CH-6004 Luzern