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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 size of newly immigrated students in comparison to the mainstream students in secondary school. Using a frequency-based vocabulary test, newly immigrated and mainstream students will be tested on vocabulary knowledge in the language of school education – German – and in the language of the first foreign language – English –, since both languages are relevant for success at school. The aim of this explorative project is to validate frequency-based vocabulary tests for the target population and gain initial insights on their vocabulary size in order to feed into a larger scale project.

At a glance

Objective

The aim of the project is to validate frequency-based vocabulary tests for the target population and gain initial insights on their vocabulary size in order to feed into a larger scale project.

Duration

February 2021 - December 2022

Project management

Melanie Fuchs

Project team

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