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Sprachen im Elementarbereich

("SPIEL" with German - Languages in pre-primary education)


The research project SPIEL (Sprachen im Elementarbereich/ Languages in pre-primary education) is devoted to investigating and evaluating the already existent and currently applied instruments to observe the language development in German of children at kindergarten age in Tyrol, Austria.

Studies pointing out children's inadequate linguistic preparation for kindergarten life as well as the first school years are published regularly. Especially children with migration background are affected who usually also demand a greater language support. Given the current demographic and socio-political trends, this topic seems to be particularly important and ever-present. The research project's results should summarise the experiences of the past few years and provide guidance and optimisation potentials concerning language support according to a multilingual and integrated (holistic) research approach.

The project is funded by the province of Tyrol and is conducted over a time span of 13 months by Univ. Prof. Dr. Ulrike Jessner-Schmid (Research group DyME, RECC "Deutsch & Mehrsprachigkeit"/ German & Multilingualism) from the department of English at the University of Innsbruck. The project's results will be presented in November 2017.


 Contact: SPIEL-Anglistik@uibk.ac.at

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