Berlin Interdisciplinary Alliance for Multilingualism (BIVEM)

The Berlin Interdisciplinary Alliance for Multilingualism (BIVEM) is a collaboration between scientists specializing in language acquisition and experts with backgrounds in education and therapy. This interdisciplinary cooperation allows for the quick implementation of language support in preschool and primary school education based on the new research findings of the collaborators. The alliance was initiated by the Centre of General Linguistics in Berlin (ZAS) and was launched with financial support from the Berlin Senate.

There is a high rate of migrant children and adolescents in Berlin, about 40 %, and approximately one third of these children show a delay in language development in German. This can lead to problems and difficulties at school since the language skills of children have a significant impact on their educational success. Therefore, high quality language support is necessary.

A study on language support methods for multilingual children is currently being conducted within the framework of the BIVEM project. You can read more about this study under research topics.



Land Berlin

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Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka & PD Dr. Natalia Gagarina