ProjectLATILL – Level-Adequate Texts in Language Learning

Basic data

Acronym:
LATILL
Title:
Level-Adequate Texts in Language Learning
Duration:
01/05/2022 to 30/04/2025
Abstract / short description:
Reading competences in foreign languages are essential for young Europeans to gain access to information in other countries, to compare different perspectives on complex issues and to cooperate in solving problems in international contexts. The teaching of these crucial competences cannot rely on pre-packaged materials in textbooks and readers, but needs to use reading materials that (1) address current issues to build and maintain reading motivation and that (2) meet the language levels of students to develop their reading competences. In order to increase fluency in reading, it is of particular importance that the texts' linguistic features correspond to the individual learner's level of second language acquisition. Most learning environments require individualisation, and in the field of reading in a foreign language, this means that teachers need to be able to provide texts of different difficulty level to a group of students in order to effectively foster indidivual development. Therefore, the LATILL project supports foreign language teachers by developing
digital tools that enable them to identify such level-adequate texts of interest for their various classes and individual learners. More specifically, the LATILL team is to create a freely accessible platform for European – and worldwide – teachers of German as a foreign and second language that provides a search and analysis function for German texts on a specific topic and CEFR level and offers supporting tools and materials for working with authentic texts. Technical advances in the field of computer linguistics allow to develop a digital tool that enables foreign language teachers to identify texts that are level-adequate in terms of morphology, syntax, lexicon, and genre. The use of such level-adequate texts in combination with a self-regulatory approach to foreign language reading and implicit lexico-grammatical learning allows for
substantial quality improvement of foreign language programs.

Involved staff

Managers

Institute of Linguistics (SfS)
Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Humanities
CRC 833 - Construction of Meaning: The Dynamics and Adaptivity of Linguistic Structures
Collaborative research centers and transregios
LEAD Graduate School & Research Network
Research training groups

Local organizational units

University of Tübingen

Funders

Brüssel, Belgium

Cooperations

Wien, Austria
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