Deutsch als Zweitsprache - Theorie und Didaktik des Zweitspracherwerbs (Prof. Dr. Petra Schulz)


Research Grants


(PI): Child second language acquisition after age 6 (DaZ ab 6)
Funded by the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts, Hesse

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Sprachförderprofis: Professionalization of educators for language support of multilingual children 
Funded by the Ministry of Education, Hesse, Foundation Polytechnische, City of Frankfurt since 2016

Prof. Dr. Petra Schulz (PI)

The project Sprachförderprofis offers a joint training program for kindergarten and elementary school teachers. The teachers learn to plan language support settings in small groups based on current insights from linguistics and language acquisition.

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(PI): DAZHOCHZWEI: Teacher training in German as a second language
Funded by the Ministry of Education, Hesse


(Co-PI): TRIO: Professionalization of language training in preschool and elementary school (with M. Hasselhorn, DIPF, and D. Kucharz, GU)
Funded by the Ministry for education and research (BMBF) and European Social fonds (ESF)

The TRIO project examines the effects of a joint professionalization of kindergarten teachers and elementary school teachers in the field of language education.

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(Deputy Spokesperson): DFG Graduate school Nominal Modification (with 13 colleagues in Linguistics, Spokesperson: E. Rinke) 
Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

The overarching theme of this linguistic RTG is the grammar of nominal expressions and their modifications. Nouns can be modified with various constructions, such as adjectives (the big car), prepositional phrases (the car with the sun roof) or relative clauses (the car which is standing in the car park). The researchers will analyse the underlying mechanisms, which they will be looking at from a syntactic and a semantic perspective, as well as within the context of various linguistic sub-disciplines. With this cross-linguistic approach as a basis, it is intended to create a linguistics research platform with an international profile.

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since 2009  

(PI): Research and knowledge transfer center for German as a second language (InFo-DaZ)
Different funders

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(Co-PI): LEVEL (Lehrerbildung vernetzt entwickeln, with GU colleagues)
Funded by the Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)

Level pursues the guiding principle of a more educated and interdisciplinary teacher training as well as a closer interlinking of theory and practice elements with empirical research.

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(PI): CARU: Acquisition of (non-)restrictive relative clauses
DFG-Research Unit „Relativsätze“ 1783 (Spokesperson: E. Zimmermann)

With respect to formal properties, the project seeks answers to the following questions: Through what stages of acquisition do German-speaking children pass as they begin to produce relative clause structures? Are these learners sensitive to formal properties that distinguish the two types of relative clauses, such as verb position and order constraints? With respect to functional properties, the project seeks to ascertain when the semantic-pragmatic functions of restriction and apposition are actually acquired. Also, to what extent do prototypical functions of relative clauses play a role, and is there a preference for one specific function? Furthermore, the project will examine how the acquisition of formal properties (e.g. verb order) interacts with restriction/non-restriction, and when and under which circumstances verb-second and verb-last relative clauses get assigned different functions.

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(Co-Applicant): Cooperation with N. Friedmann (Tel Aviv University) and A. Pérez-Leroux (U of Toronto)
Funded by the German academic exchange program (DAAD)


(PI): cammino - Multilingualism in kindergarten and primary school
Funded by the Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and European Social Fonds (ESF)

The project cammino examines the verbal skills of multilingual children and their speech development.

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(PI): Head Start (VORSPRUNG)
Funded by the Foundation Polytechnische and the Peter Fuld Foundation

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(Co-Applicant): A study of the language of Russian-Hebrew and Russian-German migrant children in preschool and school years
Funded by the German-Israeli-Foundation (GIF)

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Diagnostic competence in high school teachers
Funded by the Hertie Foundation and Zentrum für Lehrerbildung und Schul- und Unterrichtsforschung (ZLF)


(PI): PROfessio: Professionalization of language training teachers for multilingual children (with Anja Müller, Barbara Geist and Anja Kersten)
Funded by the IDeA center and the Hesse Excellency Grant LOEWE

PROfessio investigates language teacher’s competencies and the process of professionalization regarding their knowledge and practice in the area of language training.

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(PI): MILA: Relationship between migration background and language impairment in children's language achievement
Funded by the IDeA center and the Hesse Excellency Grant LOEWE

The project MILA investigated the language abilities of monolingual children acquiring German and of children acquiring German as early second language.

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(Group Leader with T. Marinis): Language Impairment in a multilingual society: Linguistic patterns and the road to assessment (PI: Sharon Armon-Lotem)
Funded by the EU Project COST Action IS0804

Second language learners often produce language patterns resembling those of children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). The overlap among the features of bilingual and impaired language lead to methodological and clinical confusion, which this Action aims to resolve in order to improve language assessment of minority language children.

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FJM: Language intervention program for pupils with German as a second language (with U. Labonté)
Funded by the Mercator Foundation and the Zentrum für Lehrerbildung und Schul- und Unterrichtsforschung (ZLF)

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(PI): Language assessment and language training in monolingual and bilingual children
Funded by the Hertie Foundation and Goethe University Frankfurt


(Group Leader): Crosslinguistic robust stages of children's linguistic performance with application to language assessment (PI: Uli Sauerland)
Funded by EU COST A33

Action A33 set out with the practical goal of helping European children with language impairments. One important way to help such children is to diagnose cases of language-specific impairment and normal non-verbal intelligence. To accomplish the goal, the action coordinated a comparative investigation of child language across the more than 25 participating languages.

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(Co-PI): Development and norming of the language test LiSe-DaZ (with R. Tracy)
Funded by the Baden-Württemberg Foundation and Hogrefe publishing house

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Cognitive ability and language acquisition (with S. Pauen)
Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

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