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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

The overarching goal of this project is to investigate how knowledge of a substandard variety of the first language (e.g., a local dialect) affects the learning of another language.

The...

The potential to learn foreign languages varies from one individual to the next and has been investigated by many researchers as of the early 1950s. Individuals’ ability...

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

This project aims to investigate how listeners grow accustomed to non-native varieties of their native language.

While most extant research on adaptation to regional and non-native...

Swiss National Science Foundation, Project funding, project no. 156121, 2014 - 2017

In the past 30 years, research on the linguistic expression of spatial relations has shed light on...

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...

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...

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...

A joint research initiative of the Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture Group and the project Categories across Language and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics,...

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...

Sinergia-Project of the Swiss National Science Foundation, no. 130457

This project examines dimensions of multilingualism...

Postdoctoral thesis: Dr. Andrea Ender, Swiss National Science Foundation no. PA00P1_129070

Adult language acquisition (of German) has generated a great deal of scientific interest over the...

Supported by the Jacobs Foundation, Loterie Romande, Oertli Foundation

Chunsch druus? (Swiss German for “get it?”) is a learning programme aimed at the general, mainly younger learner who...

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...

This project culminates in a book in four languages that is designed for the general public. In the book, roughly 40 expressions in Rhaeto-Romanic (all idioms), Italian, German (including examples...

The main goal of this project is to compile an inventory of existing corpora containing productions of learners of German and French as a foreign language; a further objective is defining gaps and...

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...

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

Despite the acknowledged benefit of language (and cultural) exchange at all school levels, the promotion of this instrument has had limited impact on exchanges actually conducted. The organisation...

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...

The aim of this project is to investigate the potential uses of research corpora in teaching. This long-term project is carried out in collaboration with other research groups in Switzerland and...

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...

Financed by Fond d’Innovation de la Faculté des lettres, University of Fribourg

The aim of this project is to test the use of the digital collaborative writing tool FRAMAPAD...

The project deals with the linguistic diversity of German as a foreign language from a theoretical as well as practical point of view.

The empirical study sheds light on the question of how...

Swiss National Science Foundation, Marie Heim-Voegtlin funding, no. 151452

The aim of this project is to study the linguistic competences of bilingual children when...

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 is based on the results of a survey of teachers at upper secondary schools, which was carried out by the General Secretariat of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education...

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...

Swiss National Science Foundation, project funding, Project no. 135407

The aim of this project is to develop basic standards for the languages taught at schools where...

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...

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...

This project was realised within a DORE project of the University of Teacher Training Valais and examined the influence the bilingual study requirements have on future teachers’ ability to acquire...

Commissioned by: Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education EDK

From 2006 to 2009, an official proposal for Swiss...

In this project, commissioned by NWEDK, EDK Ost and BKZ, suitable lingualevel test packages were compiled to test the levels of the foreign languages French and English in public schools in...

continuation of the assessment agency ZD j in 2009

This practical research project, commissioned by the Swiss Conference of...

Multilingualism in institutions and society

This area addresses social and institutional issues in multilingualism. Investigation focuses on schools, the workplace, cultural and political institutions, language policy and the law. Adopting a sociological and anthropological approach, the research examines societal processes of valorising or devaluing certain languages and their speakers as well as power issues in linguistic communities, social inequalities and the impact of globalisation on multilingual practices.

Direction: Prof. Alexandre Duchêne

This collaborative project aims at moving beyond common and acritical assumptions about capitalism and language that tend to take them for granted, without sufficiently interrogating their...

The aim of this research project is to highlight the emergence and development of the Esperantist discourse and movement in Switzerland, in connection with its characteristic sociopolitical and...

How can inequalities (in terms of social class, language, ability, race, gender) be addressed in the classroom by focussing on social processes and encouraging students to reflect on possible ways...

Swiss National Science Foundation, project funding, project no. 159852

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The purpose of this project is to conduct a detailed analysis on language census issues in Switzerland since the 19th century and to better understand the role this tool plays in the Swiss...

The directors of the roughly seventy administrative units at the Swiss Federal Administration are responsible for ensuring that the prevailing rules regarding linguistic...

This literature review aims to present an overview of scientific research on the social, political and linguistic issues of language census by analysing international...

European Cooperation in Science and Technology, ISCH COST Action IS1306

Globalisation, increased mobility and transnational networking transform the linguistic ecologies of contemporary...

PhD project supervisors: Prof. Alexandre Duchêne, Prof. em. Georges Darms, University of Fribourg

The focus of the PhD project is placed on linguistic and cultural discourses which come to...

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