Research Cluster
on Language Education and Multilingualism

  • BiPeer
    Photo: © fotorismus für DIPF

    Peer Learning

    Which is the best possible language background combination for peer-learning-tandems and what influence has the language used during the peer-to-peer interaction?

  • Huxel Interkulturelle Schulentwicklung

    Mehrsprachigkeit als Handlungsfeld Interkultureller Schulentwicklung

    Wie können die Sprachen aller Schülerinnen und Schüler in der Schule berücksichtigt und für das Lernen genutzt werden?

  • Kita

    Mehrsprachigkeit in Kindertageseinrichtungen

    Welche Faktoren sind für eine gelingende (mehr-)sprachliche Entwicklung von Kindern im Kindergartenalter bedeutsam?

  • Marx Steinhoff

    Schreibförderung in der multilingualen Orientierungsstufe

    Können gute Schreibaufgaben im Deutschunterricht nicht nur zu besseren Schülertexten in Deutsch führen – sondern auch zu besseren Schülertexten im Türkischunterricht?

  • MEZ

    Mehrsprachigkeitsentwicklung im Zeitverlauf

    Welche sprachlichen und nicht-sprachlichen Bedingungen beeinflussen eine erfolgreiche Mehrsprachigkeitsentwicklung und weitere Dimensionen von Bildungserfolg?

  • Riel


    Wirkt sich eine gute schriftsprachliche Kompetenz in der Herkunftssprache auch positiv auf das Schreiben auf Deutsch aus?

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 part of many peoples' everyday life. 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 in the first funding period, beginning on October 1st 2013. The projects are supported by the Coordination Office for Multilingualism and Language Education (Koordinierungstelle für Mehrsprachigkeit und Sprachliche Bildung/KoMBi).

The projects of the first funding period (2013-2017) are completed and the results can be found in the project descriptions on this website under "Research Projects". The results are used to derive recommendations for education politics and practice. You can also find an overview of the publications that have emerged from the priority projects under "Publications".

Ten projects have received the approval for a second funding period (2017-2020). It gives them the opportunity to deepen their findings, to test them in practice and to expand them. The description of the follow-up projects can be found under "Research projects" as well.

A summary of the (interim) findings from the first funding phase (2013-2017) as well as detailed descriptions of the individual projects, their findings and their follow-up projects in the second funding phase (2017-2020) can also be found in the brochure of the research cluster.

The Coordination Office for Multilingualism and Language Education wishes you a pleasant read.

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