The research projects in ERLE (Empirical Research on Language and Education) focus on empirical research in the field of “language and education” and in particular on questions concerning the interdependence of language and subject-related learning processes and outcomes.

Numerous studies have shown the diversity of language competencies among learners and their overall connection with subject-related learning processes. Thereby, they emphasize the importance of language competencies as a key to the educational success of children and adolescents. However, (subject-)specific findings on the cause-effect relationships are still unanswered. Projects in ERLE address this area of research and investigate how teaching processes should be designed to promote subject as well as language learning, and how (prospective) teachers should be professionalized regarding this matter.