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Course: Children with different first languages learn German as a second language

Learning German in a multilingual community

Admission requirements

STEOP, at least 100 ECTS-CP

Semester: 8



Language education / MSP


When children enter school, their linguistic lifeworld changes in a qualitatively significant way because they have to deal intensively with the written form of the German language and the differences in register. In action-oriented lessons that take into account German as a first and second language, pupils with German as a second language acquire child-oriented strategies that enable them to describe linguistic elements, structures, and rules in a new language and relate languages to each other.

  • Processes of child first and second language acquisition (German as native language, German as second language, German as foreign language, English as a bridge language)
  • Linguistic registers and error culture in language acquisition
  • Language role models and communication opportunities as conditions for successful language development in multilingualism
  • Literacy in the first and second language
  • Models of German as a second language instruction in multilingual classes
  • Language learning strategies and support models of listening, speaking, reading, and writing as social and cultural practices in heterogeneous classes
  • Conceptual knowledge of inter- and transculturality in the context of diversity

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