The IDS conducted two language surveys in state-sponsored integration courses (Integrationskurse) of different federal states in cooperation with the Goethe Institute. In the survey we collected sociodemographic data, language biographies, linguistic self-evaluations and measures of social integration.
Furthermore, we had participants produce audio recordings at the beginning and the end of the course in order to analyze participants' self-presentation skills. EU-foreigners and other migrants in the same integration courses provided the control group in this study.
Important research questions for this project area are: Which linguistic repertoires are there among refugees in integration courses? What is their communicative situation in Germany? Does their professional self-representation improve after 5 months in the intergation course?