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Development of Vocabulary Knowledge of newly immigrated secondary school students

For students, mastering an appropriate range and depth of vocabulary is central to all their learning across subjects. To participate in classroom conversations, students need to develop not only everyday, but also general academic and subject-specific vocabulary knowledge. So far, however, the development of everyday, general academic and subject-specific vocabulary of newly immigrated students has not been studied in Germany.

This project will investigate the vocabulary knowledge (breadth and depth) of newly immigrated students in comparison to the mainstream students in secondary school. The development of their vocabulary skills in both in the language of school education – German – and in the language of the first foreign language – English – is of interest, since both languages may be relevant for success at school. Using standardized and normed test instruments, newly immigrated and mainstream students from participating schools will be tested twice, six months apart, on vocabulary knowledge in both languages. The aim of this explorative project is thus to pilot appropriate vocabulary assessments for the target population and gain initial insights on their vocabulary development in order to feed into a larger scale project.

At a glance

Objective

The aim of the project is to pilot appropriate vocabulary assessments for the target population and gain initial insights on their vocabulary development in order to feed into a larger scale project.

Duration

February 2021 - December 2022

Project management

Melanie Fuchs

Project team

Jun.-Prof. Nora von Dewitz
Dr. Sonja Eisenbeiß