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Lecture series: PD Dr. Katrin Lindner talks about possibilities of diagnostic language tests for children and youths with a refugee background

16.02.2017

As guest lecturer in the lecture series “Refugees in Germany–Educational Trajectories and Social Integration”, PD Dr. Katrin Lindner from the Institute for German Philology, Department I–German, Comparative Literature, Scandinavian Studies, German as a Foreign Language at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU) talked about the topic “Diagnostic Language Tests of Children with a Refugee Background Aged between 4 and 17 Years” at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi).

In her lecture, PD Dr. Katrin Lindner gave an overview of various methods for diagnostic language tests of children and youths with a refugee background.  

In her talk, Lindner gave an overview of suitable methods for diagnostic language tests for both bilingual and monolingual children in elementary, primary, and secondary education. Moreover, she introduced the project “Challenges of Syrian Refugee Children in Germany: Language and Literacy”, which she is planning in cooperation with Canadian colleagues. The project is a longitudinal study that investigates the development of linguistic competencies and literacy of children with a refugee background. The influence of the socioemotional well-being on language learning is taken into consideration as well.

The final date of the public lecture series “Refugees in Germany–Educational Trajectories and Social Integration”, which is hosted by the LIfBi as part of project “ReGES–Refugees in the German Educational System” whose funding is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), will take place on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Claudia Lechner and Anna Huber, German Youth Institute (Deutsches Jugendinstitut, DJI), will give a talk on the topic of “Methodological Challenges of Research with Minors with a Refugee Background: Experiences and First Results of the Study ‘Unaccompanied and Accompanied Minors with a Refugee Background–Life Situations, Needs, Experiences, and Perspectives from the Youths’ Point of View’.”