Language and Learning

Leonie Regina Twente

Research Associate

Phone: 49 (0) 221-470 76843

Leonie Twente has been a research assistant with teaching duties at the Institute for German Language and Literature II (Prof. Dr. Marx) since October 2022. She started her doctoral studies in January 2023, working on secondary analyses on the language development of newly immigrated children and adolescents. In January 2023, she also joined the project "Language Competencies of Newly Immigrated Pupils in Regular Classes" in the Department of Language and Learning. Previously, she was as a research assistant in the project What works?, where she was involved, among other things, in the production of a systematic review and synthesis without meta-analysis.

She studied Linguistics & Phonetics and Digital Humanities at the University of Cologne and graduated with a Master of Arts in Linguistics. From 2020 to 2021, she also completed a certificate program "New Immigrants in Adult Education" at the University of Duisburg-Essen. As an freelance lecturer, she hosts trainings, for example for LESEMENTOR Köln.


3.11 (3rd floor, Triforum)

Consultation hour

Arrangement in advance via e-mail

At a glance


Research interests:
child language development, child-directed language, the intersection between linguistics and educational research, intervention research, evidence synthesis


  • Language Skills of Newly Immigrated Students in Mainstream Education (2021-2023, see description)
  • The effectiveness of integrated strategies in classrooms: A systematic review (see description)
  • What works? (see description)

Professional career

since 01/2023
research associate at the Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education, Department Language and Learning

since 10/2022
research associate at the Department of German Language and Literature II (Prof. Dr. Marx), University of Colgone

since 10/2021
research associate at the Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education, Department Language and Education System

research associate in the project Schule macht Stark at the Technical University Chemnitz (Prof. Krelle)

certificate program Newly Arrived Immigrants in Adult Education (University Duisburg-Essen), term paper: Intendierte und nicht-intendierte Effekte der Nutzung mehrsprachiger Ressourcen in einem Integrationskurs für Erwachsene: Perspektiven der Lehrkraft und der Lernenden.

Master of Arts in Linguistics (University of Cologne), thesis: Characteristics of German child-directed speech during book sharing and play activities in a standardized naturalistic setting.

research assistant at the Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education, Department Language and Education System

student assistant at the Department of Linguistics (University of Cologne)

Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics & Phonetics and Digital Humanities (University of Cologne), thesis: Der Erwerb von Possessivkonstruktionen bei deutschsprachigen Kindern. Eine empirische Studie)


winter 2023/24

Understanding and appraising current research on newcomers in school (MA seminar for students in teacher training and Intercultural communication and education studies)

summer 2023

Language development in multilingual contexts (BA seminar)

workshop "Questionnaires: development and evaluation'' held in the context of the international block seminar for graduate students ("'Multilingualism' as a construct: A thorn in the side of linguistic research" led by Prof. Dr. Nicole Marx)

winter 2022/23

Language development in children and adolescents (BA seminar)

Publications, Presentations and Poster Presentations

An up-to-date collection of my publications and presentations is found on my zotero profile.


Functions in committees

  • since April 1st, 2023: deputy member of the Gender Equality Committee at the University of Cologne


Membership in Associations

  • Cologne Center of Language Sciences (CCLS)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft e. V.
  • Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik e. V.
  • Junge Sprachwissenschaft e. V.