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Areas we work on in the focal point “multilingualism” include the analysis of multilingual children’s language skills, research topics concerning multilingualism and the integration of refugees into university structures.

Projects: research + practice

  • MLex: vocabulary acquisition of multilingual students

    MLex: vocabulary acquisition by multilingual students

    funded by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (MWK) (Pro*Niedersachsen Programme)


    Head: Prof. Dr. Elke Montanari, Hildesheim University

    Duration: 1 December 2013 – 30 November 2016

  • Managing radical changes

    UMBRÜCHE GESTALTEN (“Managing Radical Changes”). Language support and education as an integral part of innovative teacher training in Lower Saxony, supported by Mercator Institute of Language Support and German as Second Language, University of Cologne.

    Duration: 1 March 2014 – 28 February 2017

  • KEA Multilingual assistance

    Kea is a concept for language education and support on an elementary level. It is carried out by the city and the district of Hildesheim. Educational staff, pedagogical supervisors and parents benefit from a wide range of complementary training options.

  • Spring School – German language diploma for lateral entrants

    Spring School – German language diploma for lateral entrants

    Foundation University Hildesheim
    Educational Integration Centre
    Institute of German Language and Literature

    In cooperation with Niedersächsisches Landesinstitut für Qualitätsentwicklung NLQ (Lower Saxony State Institute for School Quality Development), Walter-Gropius-Schule Hildesheim.

    Supervisor: Prof. Montanari

    During the 2015 summer semester, young people who came to Germany just a year before prepare for the German language diploma. The preparation courses are organised by Walter-Gropius-School Hildesheim and held by students under the supervision of Elke Montanari and Ralina Lutter. The compact seminar is focused on the subject “Presentations” which will be part of the exam later on. This German pilot project is designed to establish an internationally valid exam in order to provide the new classmates with a certificate for successful language acquisition.

  • Press review

    Zeit Online, 24. March 2015

    Learning diversity

    Language classes can allow children better opportunities and prepare trainee teachers for cultural diversity in the classroom. Yet this is only the first step. (GERMAN)


  • Course “The acquisition of a second writing system”, summer semester 2015

    Pupils who arrive in Germany when they are school-aged, for example young refugees, often face the challenge of learning a second writing system. How does the acquisition of a second writing system work? Taking multialphabetism into account, this course explores possibilities and concepts of acquiring a second written language at school after elementary instruction.

  • Lecture series multilingualism

    The Institute of Intercultural Communication demonstrated the variety of individual, social and institutional aspects of multilingualism in the public lecture series “Multilingualism, language contact & educational biography” by letting the lecturers themselves present their educational biographies.

    The lecture series was supported by CeLeB and ZBI.

    Lecture Series Multilingualism Educational Biography leaflet WS 201415 (German)



    Prof. Elke Montanari, Institute of German Language and Literature

  • Contact

    E-mail: elke.montanari@uni-hildesheim.de

    Phone: +49 5121 883-30108
    Room: LN 203

    Office hours: Tuesdays, 12:30 am – 1:30 pm

Stiftung Universität Hildesheim


Stiftung Universität Hildesheim
Zentrum für Bildungsintegration.
Diversity und Demokratie in Migrationsgesellschaften

Stiftung Universität Hildesheim
Universitätsplatz 1
31141 Hildesheim

E-Mail: zbi@uni-hildesheim.de
Fon: +49 (0)5121 - 883 10120
Fax: +49 (0)5121 - 883 10121

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