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Multilingualism

Children who can understand and speak more than one language are referred to as “multilingual”. This includes, for example, children who do not learn German as a first language and/or grow up in Germany bilingually.

Modest knowledge of German in the early stages can make it difficult for these children to express their talents and to be recognized by educationalists or teachers as being gifted or talented. Adults as well as children and adolescents who speak the same first languages can be helpful in discussions as interpreters—particularly when a child is starting to learn German.

When assessing a person’s intelligence, any existing multilingualism should be taken into account by using procedures that are less language dependent or completely language free (i.e., nonverbal tests).

The authors Nicole Miceli and Anne-Kathrin Stiller have developed this glossary together with the Fachportal Team. The glossary was translated by Daniel Shatwell and edited by Lisa Trierweiler.