Sub-Project I

Assessing and Supporting the Development of Language and Maths Competencies of Young Asylum Seekers Required to Attend a Vocational School

Prof. Dr. Anne Berkemeier
researches and develops teaching materials for, amongst other things, language acquisition, including second language writing skills. Berkemeier has led the collaborative project "Sustained language support through grades 1 – 6 in schools in Heidelberg" since 2011 and is the scientific head of the sub-project "Promoting Writing Skills".

Prof. Dr. Birgit Werner
is professor at the Institute for Special Needs Education. She specialises in the education of individuals with learning difficulties. Her research focuses, amongst other things, on the diagnosis and development of writing and mathematics skills in the case of social disadvantage and disability, and on the theoretical foundations for educational services aimed at developing skills and providing basic education.

Dr. Oksana Kovtun-Hensel
is a researcher at the Heidelberg University of Education. Her work currently focuses on the recording and promotion of language skills of young asylum seekers who are subject to vocational training. She develops teaching materials for heterogeneous learning groups in the field of German as a second language/German as a foreign language.

PhD Researchers

Rebecca Mueller
studied special needs education at the Heidelberg University of Education, specialising in education for the speech impaired and education planning. She completed her studies in November 2015, passing the first state examination. As part of her final thesis, Mueller investigated the connection between mathematics and speech skills. Mueller is involved in the Asylum Field Lab as a PhD researcher, in which she focuses on mathematics.

Former Employees

Marina Schramm (M.A.)
is qualified as a teacher for bilingual education (Europalehramt). She has specialised in bilingual education and teaching in the elementary and secondary levels in Germany and abroad. As part of sub-project I, Schramm researched language acquisition amongst asylum seekers required to attend a vocational college.