At the ILC, we deal with language in social and professional settings as well as teaching and learning contexts.
German as a foreign/second language
Our work as part of our Research and Specialisation in German as a foreign/second language (DaF/DaZ) focuses on innovative didactic approaches for German as a foreign/second language. This includes the development and evaluation of didactic concepts for general and specialised language teaching as part of DaF/DaZ programmes. We also design teaching and exercise materials for adults as well as continuing education programmes for teachers at a university level (CAS).
As part of our Research and Specialisation in Digital Linguistics, we develop corpus linguistic methods for linguists working in the area of social and cultural sciences and reflect critically on these methods against the backdrop of social and scientific developments. Areas of application include disciplines of applied linguistics such as discourse linguistics, semantics, multilingualism and learning/writing analytics.
Co-Heads: Prof. Philipp Dreesen and Prof. Cerstin Mahlow
Intercultural Studies and Linguistic Diversity
Our Research and Specialisation in Intercultural Studies and Linguistic Diversity deals with questions relating to linguistic, social and cultural diversity.
Language Management and Globalisation
Our work as part of our Research and Specialisation in Language Management and Globalisation focuses on the interaction between individual and organised multilingualism and how it relates to acquiring international and global competences in educational and professional contexts. This includes, for example, the development and testing of measures for the integration of international and global skills in university teaching, thus making an important contribution to quality development at the university.
Head: Prof. Patrick Studer
Digital literacy in university contexts (DigLit)
The ILC is cooperating with teams from the ZHAW Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IUED), the University of Neuchâtel and the Bern University of Applied Sciences in a large project on digital literacy in university contexts co-financed by swissuniversities. In contributing its expertise to the project, the ILC is focussing on the field of academic writing.