Interdisciplinary Research Alliance (IFV): Language development of elementary school children with migrant backgrounds

Within the framework of the IFV, a study on the acquisition of reading and writing skills in German of primary school children with different home languages will be conducted. The home languages at hand are three strongly represented minority languages: Russian, Turkish and Arabic. A large part of the children from the BIVEM-Study, whose language development has already been studied for several years prior to school, will also take part. The integration of children who took part in BIVEM language support activities offers a unique opportunity to continually follow and analyze the language development of over 100 Russian-German and Turkish-German bilingual children into the primary school stage. The initial examination of these childrens’ language abilities took place upon their entering kindergarten, at 2-3 years of age. The study - to be carried out in primary schools - focuses on the acquisition and development of the written language, as well as on the indicating factors for eventual problems within the area of written language acquisition. These are to be identified based on results obtained during the earlier stages of language development (e.g. narrative skills). 

The alliance aims to unite expertise from the fields of linguistics and social education with specialist knowledge contributed by teachers, educators, and social workers from schools and family centers in Berlin.



Land Berlin

Funding period

01.10.2016 – 30.09.2019


PD Dr. Natalia Gagarina & Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka