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Multilingualism and Textual Competence in the Context of Migration

Project Lead: Prof. Dr. Claudia Maria Riehl

Project Phase: 2008 - 2009 (Universität zu Köln), 2012 (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Tuncay Karacali (University of Cologne until 2010)
Leonie Teubler (University of Cologne until 2009)
Seda Yilmaz (LMU München)
Laura Rieger (LMU München)

This project examines language and textual competence of multilingual students. Connections between textual competence in German as the second language, written-language skills in the first language (“mother tongue”), remedial education and individual language biographies are examined in detail.

Texts from 200 students (9th and 10th grade) in various school types in L1 and L2, narrative and argumentative texts
Sociolinguistic questionnaires and accompanying interviews

Linguistic Objective:
Development of an analytical grid on textual competence, correlation between language biography and writing skills

Sociopolitical Objective:
Development of basic principles for the evaluation of support measures, installation of an international network

Riehl, Claudia Maria (2013): Multilingual discourse competence in minority children. Exploring the factors of transfer and variation. In: European Journal of Applied Linguistics. Band 1, Heft 2. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 254-292.