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See detailSpelling patterns of plural marking and learning trajectories in French taught as a foreign language
Weth, Constanze UL; Ugen, Sonja UL; Fayol, Michel et al

in Written Language and Literacy (in press), 24

Although French plural spelling has been studied extensively, the complexity of factors affecting the learning of French plural spelling are not yet fully explained, namely on the level of adjectival and ... [more ▼]

Although French plural spelling has been studied extensively, the complexity of factors affecting the learning of French plural spelling are not yet fully explained, namely on the level of adjectival and verbal plural. This study investigates spelling profiles of French plural markers of 228 multilingual grade 5 pupils with French taught as a foreign language. Three analyses on the learner performances of plural spelling in nouns, verbs and pre- and postnominal attributive adjectives were conducted (1) to detect the pupils’ spelling profiles of plural marking on the basis of the performances in the pretest, (2) to test the profiles against two psycholinguistic theories, and (3) to evaluate the impact of the training on each spelling profile in the posttest. The first analysis confirms the existing literature that pupils’ learning of French plural is not random but ordered and emphasizes the role of the position for adjectives (pre- or postnominal) on correct plural spelling. The second analysis reveals the theoretical difficulties of predicting spelling of adjectival and verbal plural. The third analysis shows that strong and poor spellers both benefit from a morphosyntactic training and provides transparency and traceability of the learning trajectories. Together, the descriptive analyses reveal clear patterns of intra-individual spelling profiles. They point to a need for further research in those areas that have empirically provided the most inconsistent results to date and that are not supported by the theories: verbs and adjectives. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Luxembourgish Education System: Differences between students based on background characteristics in elementary and secondary school
Fischbach, Antoine UL; Colling, Joanne UL; Levy, Jessica UL et al

Scientific Conference (2021, November)

Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., school closure, home-schooling) have affected students at various stages of education all over the world and were found to increase inequalities in ... [more ▼]

Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., school closure, home-schooling) have affected students at various stages of education all over the world and were found to increase inequalities in academic achievement (OECD, 2021). The present study is based on fully representative large-scale data from the Luxembourg School Monitoring Programme (Épreuves Standardisées; ÉpStan; LUCET, 2021). The ÉpStan are assessing key competencies of primary and secondary school students in different subjects (e.g., German, French and Math). To allow a fair performance comparison, socio-economic and socio-cultural backgrounds of students (e.g., gender, migration and language background) are systematically taken into consideration. The ÉpStan 2020 entail data from approximatively 25.000 students from five different grades (elementary and secondary school), from 15.000 parents (elementary school) and comparative data from 160.000 students from previous cohorts, thus providing key empirical findings on the pandemic’s impact on the Luxembourgish education system. In the present contribution, we analyze a) how the results of standardized achievement tests compare to previous cohorts and under consideration of students’ socio-economical and socio-cultural background, as well as b) how parents and students perceived home-schooling with regard to aspects such as coping, technical equipment, motivation or contact to teachers. First results indicate that in Grades 1, 5, 7 and 9, standardized achievement scores were generally stable in comparison to previous years. However, in Grade 3, students’ competency scores in German (primary language of instruction in elementary school) listening comprehension worsened substantially. Furthermore, third graders from socio-economically disadvantaged households and/or students that do not speak Luxembourgish/German at home did worse in German reading comprehension than their peers from socio-economically advantaged households and/or speaking Luxembourgish/German at home. Concerning the perception of home-schooling, students coped rather well with the situation, with German being a bit more challenging in primary school and math in secondary school. Findings concerning motivation and enjoyment of home-schooling were mixed, with primary school students’ motivation being comparably to the regular school setting but approximately half of the secondary school students being less motivated than in the regular school setting. Furthermore, all households seem to have been well equipped, with the situation being slightly more favorable in socio-economically advantaged households. For the majority of students, the contact with teachers was frequent, with teachers having adapted their type of support to the needs of their students (e.g., more personal contact towards students from socio-economically disadvantaged households). To conclude, it can be said that no systematic negative trend has been identified in students’ achievement scores. Only German listening comprehension in Grade 3 has worsened substantially and these skills should therefore be fostered as early as possible. Overall, students coped rather well with home-schooling without, however, particularly enjoying it. While students entering the pandemic with favorable background characteristics (e.g., higher socio-economic status, speaking a language of instruction at home) managed better both regarding competencies and perception of home-schooling, students with less favorable background characteristics have received more differentiated support. These findings underline that already existing inequalities in the Luxembourgish school system have in parts been intensified by the pandemic. References LUCET. (2021). Épreuves Standardisées (ÉpStan). https://epstan.lu OECD. (2021). The State of School Education: One Year into the COVID Pandemic. OECD Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1787/201dde84-en [less ▲]

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Fischer, Jessica UL; Pit-Ten Cate, Ineke UL; Ugen, Sonja UL

in Ugen, Sonja; Schiltz, Christine; Fischbach, Antoine (Eds.) et al Lernstörungen im multilingualen Kontext. Diagnose und Hilfestellungen (2021)

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See detailEinleitung: Lernstörungen im multilingualen Kontext – Eine Herausforderung
Ugen, Sonja UL; Schiltz, Christine UL; Fischbach, Antoine UL et al

in Ugen, Sonja; Schiltz, Christine; Fischbach, Antoine (Eds.) et al Lernstörungen im multilingualen Kontext: Diagnose und Hilfestellungen (2021)

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See detailLese- und Rechtschreibstörungen
Fischer, Jessica UL; Krämer, Charlotte UL; Ugen, Sonja UL

in Ugen, Sonja; Schiltz, Christine; Fischbach, Antoine (Eds.) et al Lernstörungen im multilingualen Kontext. Diagnose und Hilfestellungen (2021)

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See detailLernstörungen im multilingualen Kontext: Diagnose und Hilfestellungen.
Ugen, Sonja UL; Schiltz, Christine UL; Fischbach, Antoine UL et al

Book published by Melusina Press (2021)

Um Kinder mit einer Lernstörung durch möglichst angepasste Hilfsmaßnahmen unterstützen zu können, ist eine umfassende Diagnostik maßgeblich. Die Diagnostik von Lernstörungen stellt vor allem in ... [more ▼]

Um Kinder mit einer Lernstörung durch möglichst angepasste Hilfsmaßnahmen unterstützen zu können, ist eine umfassende Diagnostik maßgeblich. Die Diagnostik von Lernstörungen stellt vor allem in multilingualen Kontexten - wie in Luxemburg - eine Herausforderung dar. Auch werden derzeit vorwiegend im Ausland entwickelte diagnostische Tests durchgeführt, welche die luxemburgischen Besonderheiten, wie etwa das Erlernen der schriftsprachlichen und mathematischen Kompetenzen in einer Zweit- oder Drittsprache, nicht berücksichtigen. Ausgehend vom aktuellen Forschungs- und Wissensstand wird ein vertieftes Verständnis im Hinblick auf Lese- und Rechtschreibstörungen und Rechenstörungen dargelegt. Darauf aufbauend werden diagnostische Vorgehensweisen sowie pädagogische Hilfsmaßnahmen mithilfe von Erfahrungswerten praktizierender Fachkräfte aus dem luxemburgischen Förderbereich vorgestellt. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentifying Math and Reading Difficulties of Multilingual Children: Effects of Different Cut-offs and Reference Groups
Martini, Sophie Frédérique UL; Schiltz, Christine UL; Fischbach, Antoine UL et al

in Herzog, Moritz; Gürsoy, Erkan; Fritz-Stratmann, Annemarie (Eds.) Diversity Dimensions in Mathematics and Language Learning. Perspectives on culture, education, and multilingualism (2021)

Extensive research is available on language acquisition and the acquisition of mathematical skills in early childhood. But more recently, research has turned to the question of the influence of specific ... [more ▼]

Extensive research is available on language acquisition and the acquisition of mathematical skills in early childhood. But more recently, research has turned to the question of the influence of specific language aspects on acquisition of mathematical skills. This anthology combines current findings and theories from various disciplines such as (neuro-)psychology, linguistics, didactics and anthropology. [less ▲]

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See detailIs there a bilingual advantage in mathematics?
Martini, Sophie Frédérique UL; Keller, Ulrich UL; Ugen, Sonja UL

Scientific Conference (2020, November)

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See detailLe bilan de l'évaluation systémique de l'éducation a Luxembourg
Hoffmann, Danielle UL; Schmit, Paul; Ugen, Sonja UL

Report (2020)

Dans le domaine de l'éducation, le Luxembourg participe depuis 20 ans régulièrement à des études d’évaluation systémique, menées à l’échelle nationale et internationale, afin de pouvoir fonder ses ... [more ▼]

Dans le domaine de l'éducation, le Luxembourg participe depuis 20 ans régulièrement à des études d’évaluation systémique, menées à l’échelle nationale et internationale, afin de pouvoir fonder ses décisions politiques sur des données empiriques solides. La présente rétrospective comprend une vue d’ensemble des types de données et de rapports disponibles sur le Luxembourg ainsi que de leurs principaux constats transversaux (chapitre 2). La publication des résultats des premières études PISA menées au début des années 2000 (MENFP & SCRIPT, 2000, 2004) avait entraîné un choc, car le pays et les parties prenantes avaient été confrontés à un ranking mitigé concernant la performance du système scolaire luxembourgeois, comparée aux autres pays participants. Les principaux constats ont été corroborés de manière cohérente dans d’autres études également (p.ex. ICCS en 2009, ICILS en 2018). Des performances faibles généralisées ont été rapportées dans tous les domaines évalués. Les caractéristiques des élèves (contexte socio-économique, migratoire et linguistique) ont un effet important sur leur performance dans le système scolaire luxembourgeois. L’équité en matière de réussite scolaire est jugée faible et constitue un véritable défi. Ces constats relatifs à l’importance des caractéristiques des élèves dans leur réussite n’étaient pas tout à fait nouveaux, car ils avaient déjà été documentés, dans les grandes lignes, dans le cadre de l’étude Magrip de 1968 (Brunner & Martin, 2011; Kerger & Schrobildgen, 1986). En revanche, ce qui est surprenant, c’est que, d’une part, ces constats ont peu évolué au fil des différents cycles d’évaluation et que, d’autre part, les facteurs déterminants menant à ces résultats se sont encore renforcés au fil du temps. Ainsi, depuis leur introduction en 2009, les épreuves standardisées (« ÉpStan »), le programme de monitoring scolaire continu adapté au système scolaire luxembourgeois, ont confirmé les défis inhérents. Les principaux constats des évaluations systémiques effectuées au cours de ces 20 dernières années ont permis d’identifier 8 domaines thématiques prioritaires sur lesquels l'Observatoire national de la qualité scolaire (ONQS) désire concentrer son action au cours des années à venir (chapitre 3). En vue d’une mise en perspective internationale, les approches de plusieurs pays sont présentées, afin de recenser des constats partagés et des enseignements à tirer. Toutefois, les limites d’un tel exercice de comparaison sont également examinées, car le contexte socio-culturel et socio-politique spécifique à un pays détermine, de manière considérable, le choix et le développement du modèle éducatif national (chapitre 4). L’utilisation des évaluations systémiques ainsi que l’impact de celles-ci sur la définition de la politique éducative sont analysés sur ces 20 dernières années. Le rôle du monitoring scolaire présente deux différences importantes sur la période examinée. Ainsi, au cours de la première décennie étudiée, les évaluations systémiques avaient servi d’éléments déclencheurs pour motiver une politique volontariste de réformes. Ensuite, au cours de la seconde décennie étudiée, la stratégie a mué, pour diverses raisons, vers des axes de développement ayant guidé et structuré des actions de réforme plus ciblées, mais de moindre envergure (chapitre 5). L’ONQS conclut le présent rapport en formulant trois recommandations, fondées sur le bilan des évaluations systémiques auxquelles a participé le Luxembourg, adressées aux acteurs politiques, sur base de l’article 4 de la loi du 13 mars 2018 (chapitre 6). [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of syntactic and lexical trainings on capitalization of nouns in German in grade five
Brucher, Linda; Ugen, Sonja UL; Weth, Constanze UL

in L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature (2020), 20

Many orthographies include syntactic markers not represented in phonology. In general, to correctly use these syntactic markers, learners have to analyze and understand the syntactic context of the word ... [more ▼]

Many orthographies include syntactic markers not represented in phonology. In general, to correctly use these syntactic markers, learners have to analyze and understand the syntactic context of the word to be written. Capitalization of nouns, a syntactic marker in German, involves marking heads of noun phrases and is challenging for learners. The aim of this intervention study was to evaluate the effects of syntactic and lexical based trainings on capitalization of nouns. 114 Luxembourgish fifth-graders were assigned to two syntactic groups, a lexical group and a passive control group. The syntactic groups focused on two variants of training syntactic structures within the noun phrase. The lexical group focu-sed on lexical characteristics of nouns and the control group received reading input. The posttest results show that the students in the intervention groups profited from the syntactic-based training. The follow-up test shows that the intervention was sustainable, as the improvement remains stable. The study indicates that a greater focus on syntactic structures can effectively enhance the use of syntactic markers of capitalizations. Although this approach is initially harder to acquire, it covers all cases of capitalization. [less ▲]

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See detailCircadian preference as a typology: Latent-class analysis of adolescents' morningness/eveningness, relation with sleep behavior, and with academic outcomes
Preckel, Franzis; Fischbach, Antoine UL; Scherrer, Vsevolod et al

in Learning and Individual Differences (2020), 78

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See detailMath and Reading Difficulties in a Multilingual Educational Setting
Martini, Sophie Frédérique UL; Fischbach, Antoine UL; Ugen, Sonja UL

Scientific Conference (2019, November 06)

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See detailGrapheme spelling in different linguistic contexts
Ugen, Sonja UL

Presentation (2019, April 05)

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See detailThe effect of a syntactic training on multilingual fifth graders' spelling patterns of noun capitalization in German
Bilici, Natalia UL; Ugen, Sonja UL; Weth, Constanze UL

in Writing Systems Research (2019), 11(2), 95-109

Silent orthographic syntactic markers, such as capitalisation of nouns in German are prone to error throughout schooling. The present study explores the spelling patterns related to capitalisation in ... [more ▼]

Silent orthographic syntactic markers, such as capitalisation of nouns in German are prone to error throughout schooling. The present study explores the spelling patterns related to capitalisation in multilingual pupils with German as a second language and investigates the efficiency of a syntax-based teaching approach of capitalisation for pupils’ spelling performance (n = 246). The results show, firstly, that pupils with German as a second language show similar capitalisation patterns influenced by lexico-semantic and positional factors as pupils with German as a first language. Secondly, the results suggest that a syntax-based teaching approach to capitalisation of nouns is highly effective especially for nominalizations. The study supports the assumption that stimulating pupils’ attention to syntactic structures is beneficial for spelling when these features are represented clearly and regularly in the writing system, but not in phonology. [less ▲]

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