Research & Development

Completed Projects

The Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education wants to improve language education. To achieve this objective, it has already carried out numerous projects exploring, developing and evaluating concepts, tools and measures for language education. Here you will find information about completed projects.

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Reading and writing fluency –
conceptualization, assessment and support

The objective of the project was to develop assessment methods and support concepts with respect to reading and writing fluency in secondary school pupils.

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Collection of Methods for
Language-Sensitive Subject Teaching

The objectives of the project is the development of an online tool meant for future and already qualified teachers of all subjects and school forms. It enables the search for and download of free pedagogical-methodical suggestions for language-sensitive lessons.

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Mathematics for learners of German

Language support should be provided not only in German lessons but in all subjects. The project explores the issue of writing proficiency in maths lessons, focusing particularly on written exercises and support of writing skills.

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State Europe School Study Berlin

The state of Berlin has commissioned the scientific monitoring and evaluation of the State European School Berlin. During the course of the study, the language, subject-specific and intercultural skills of the pupils are compared with those of pupils taught in conventional schools.

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Staff development for teachers
working in a multicultural society

The goal of the project is to compile an overview of staff development programmes currently available nationwide, to classify them appropriately against the backdrop of the research findings obtained so far, and to work out practical action recommendations on this basis.

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Newly arrived
migrant children in schools

How can these pupils be included into school life at the earliest possible stage, while at the same time giving them the most comprehensive language support possible? This is one of the questions being addressed by the network Newly arrived migrant children in schools, in which the Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education has teamed up with the Centre for Teacher Education as well as the department of Intercultural Education at the University of Cologne.

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Language support and intervention programmes
for newly arrived migrant children in nursery schools – an international comparison

The goal of the project is to compile an overview of international support and intervention programmes in preschool education.

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German as a second language
– the student’s perspective

The goal of the project is to learn more about the wishes and expectations of students on teacher training programmes as regards the subject of German as a second language in their degree course, and to use this knowledge to improve teacher training in the area of language education.

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MehrKita
Language skills of educators in Cologne nursery schools

The goal of MehrKita is to identify those multilingual skills of educators in Cologne nursery schools that can be used for multilingual language work in preschool education.

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German as a second language:
what role is played by teacher training?

The study "Language support and German as a second language at German schools: what role is played by teacher training?" explored how teachers at all types of schools and in all subjects are trained in the area of language support and German as a second language.

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Language proficiency assessment methods
in preschool education

By developing quality criteria and using these criteria to evaluate the assessment tools in use, the Mercator Institute’s goal is to contribute to greater comparability and review of the methods.

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Effectiveness of language support

An expert report was compiled on behalf of the Zurich Department of Education that would reveal the current state of research and would serve as a scientific basis for a strategy aimed at coordinated and consistent language support throughout all educational stages.

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German as a second language
- The teacher’s perspective

The study looked at how teachers experience linguistic heterogeneity in their classrooms, how they are prepared to deal with this during their training, and what support and assistance they would like to receive..

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