Multilingualism and Migration
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Research group description
In light of continuously increasing human migration and mobility in many parts of the world, linguistic and cultural diversity is growing exponentially across the planet. Many once monolingual societies have become multilingual and multicultural. Yet research on the complex processes and consequences accompanying these changes is scarce. We are a multidisciplinary, international group of scientists who collaborate to answer diverse questions about migration and multilingual development. Our work employs a variety of methodological approaches and toolkits, from evidence-based methods across different studies and large-scale datasets, to focused and creative ethnographic considerations of the everyday lives of language and mobility.
Selected recent publications
Jaekel, N., Jaekel, J., Fincher, E., & Brown, C. L. (2022). Summer regression—the impact of summer on English learners’ reading development. Frontiers in Education, 7. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2022.817284
Jaekel, N., Ritter, M., & Jaekel, J. (2023). Associations of students’ linguistic distance to the language of instruction and classroom composition with English reading and listening skills. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 1-23. DOI: 10.1017/S0272263123000268
Jaekel, N., Schurig, M., van Ackern, I., & Ritter, M. (2022). The impact of early foreign language learning on language proficiency development from middle to high school. System. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2022.102763
Reig, A. & Norum, R. 2019. Migrantes. Barcelona: Ekaré.
The Academy of Finland is funding Dr. Nils Jäkel's project Linguistic distance, language learning, and educational attainment: investigating multilingual students’ attainment in Finland and Germany from 01.09.2023 - 31.08.2027.