Welcome to the web pages for the research cluster “Language Education and Multilingualism” (Sprachliche Bildung und Mehrsprachigkeit). The project is financed by the “Framework Programme for Promoting Empirical Education Research” (Rahmenprogramm empirische Bildungsforschung), an initiative by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Call for Projects).
Due to factors such as globalisation, the increase in migration and mobility, and dynamic changes in the media, encounters with multilingualism are a part of everyday life for many people. The ability to communicate in several languages is therefore becoming increasingly important for personal and professional participation in today’s society. For this reason, the individual facilitation of multilingual competences and the establishment of favourable conditions for multilingualism is an important task for education.
Activities within the research focus include the implementation of language surveys and the investigation into the development of multilingualism in children and young adults in the context of family, educational institutions, and informal learning situations. The goal is to determine which language biographies, learning settings, language education programmes and language learning strategies have favourable or unfavourable effects on the successful development of multilingualism. The results will be used to draw recommendations for educational policy and practice.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has provided funding for twelve projects within the research cluster, beginning on the 1.10.2013. The projects are supported by the Coordination Office for Multilingualism and Language Education (Koordinierungstelle für Mehrsprachigkeit und Sprachliche Bildung/KoMBi).