EAGLeS – English Acquisition in German Learning Disabled Students

The project EAGLeS examines 5th and 6th graders’ acquisition of English as a foreign language literacy (reading, spelling, grammar) competencies. We are looking for systematic differences between students with poor native German literacy competencies and their non-afflicted peers.

Project Description

This study measures 5 th and 6 th graders’ reading, spelling, and grammatic competency in both German and English as a foreign language. Additionally, we consider the students’ logical thinking abilities and their level of motivation for learning English. 

With this data, we can examine whether, or to what extent, literacy difficulties in one’s mother tongue, German, impact English as a foreign language learning in the 5 th and 6 th grade.

Research Questions

  • Do students with specific difficulties in their native language (German reading, spelling, grammar) also have specific difficulties in learning English as a foreign language?
  • How can these difficulties in learning English be described?

Project Management

Project Details

Current project
Area of Focus Differential Educational Conditions and Educational Trajectories
Department: Education and Human Development
Unit: Development of Successful Learning
09/2019 – 09/2024
Contact: Rebecca Silva von Heesen, Visiting Researcher