Berlin Interdisciplinary Network for Multilingualism (BIVEM)

The Berlin Interdisciplinary Network for Multilingualism (BIVEM) was founded in 2011 by the Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS) and supported by the Berlin Senate until 2016. It is a nationwide network and platform for the exchange of experiences and encounters of scientists and practitioners in the fields of multilingualism, language acquisition, language support and language diagnostics. In addition to basic research, this enables mutual transfer between science and practice. 

Within the framework of the network, basic research in the field of multilingualism is carried out on an ongoing basis. It includes two long-term studies in which the effects of various factors such as language support measures, the first language, the length of exposure as well as the age at the beginning of language exposure have on the language development of multilingual kindergarten and primary school children are investigated. The development of narrative and literacy skills from preschool to primary school is also investigated. Read more about this under Research/Studies.

BIVEM has several services for parents and educational professionals working with multilingual children. We offer information materials (our flyer series) in several languages, information and training events and counselling on multilingual education and language acquisition in general.

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