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Multilingualism and Foreign Language Teaching, University of Fribourg

Multilingualism and Foreign Language Teaching, University of Fribourg
Area of study
Multilingualism and Foreign Language Teaching
University of Fribourg
Rue de Rome 1
CH-1700 Fribourg
T: + 41 26 300 79 61
Prof. Dr Thomas Studer, thomas.studer@unifr.ch
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The area of study “Multilingualism and Foreign Language Teaching” offers several study programs at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level as well as a Doctoral programme. The study programs are interconnected in several ways and offer students numerous areas to specialise in. A wide range of core elective courses from their own area of specialisation as well as from other areas of study enable students to expand their knowledge by engaging in in-depth and interdisciplinary study.

All study programs in this area share the philosophy that language skills in native languages as well as in second and foreign languages can only be researched, understood and promoted by means of a holistic multilingual model. When dealing with language in this area, we consider aspects of language use and language learning from a linguistic, social, cultural and psychological standpoint.

The Bachelor’s programme focuses on preparing students to become specialists in teaching French, Italian and German as a foreign language, and in teaching Rhaeto-Romanic.

The Master’s level offers study programmes for German or French as a foreign or second language in which future language teachers are trained for positions either in Switzerland or abroad. In addition, a study programme with a research focus is offered with the goal of training specialists to deal with linguistic and institutional aspects in the field of multilingualism. Finally, there is a study programme for Rhaeto-Romanic in which students can expand the knowledge gained in the Bachelor’s programme and enhance their scholarship in the Rhaeto-Romanic language and literature.

The Doctoral programme is realised by our area of study and by the Institute of Multilingualism of the University of Fribourg and the University of Teacher Education, Fribourg.

Research areas

  • Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DaF)
  • Français langue étrangère (FLE)
  • Multilingualism
  • Rhaeto-romanic
  • Foreign Language Teaching
  • Italiano lingua straniera (ILS)


Language acquisition, Language teaching research, Language learning research, Foreign Language Teaching, Didactics of multilingualism, Didactics in multilingual education, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Language minorities, Interculturality, Evaluation of foreign-language competencies