Contact

Matthias Schwendemann
Matthias Schwendemann
Study coordinator
Phone: +49 341 9940-2277

Responsible scientist, speaker

Tomás Goucha, MD MSc
Tomás Goucha, MD MSc
PhD student
Phone: +493419940138

Responsible scientist

Dr. Alfred Anwander
Dr. Alfred Anwander
Scientific researcher
Phone: +49 341 9940-2626

Principal investigator

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angela D. Friederici
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angela D. Friederici
Director
Phone: +49 341 9940-112
Fax: +49 341 9940-113

Corresponding scientist

Prof. Christian Fandrych
Wissenschaftlich-didaktische Betreuung

Herder-Institut der Universität Leipzig

Flyer of the Institute

Department of Neuropsychology

Second language acquisition

How does the brain adapt to a new language?

New challenges – new solutions

We all know the numerous challenges of learning a second language. Learning a new language becomes even more essential if you are living in another country and you actually depend on communicating with other people to satisfy your very basic needs. This raises the question of what is the most effective way to learn a language.

A new study at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig examines the changes inside the brain during the acquisition of German as a second language. We aim at a better understanding of how we learn languages best in a short period of time. As a participant in this study you could play a major role in improving our understanding of how language learning actually works and acquire a high level in German.

How the brain learns a new language most effectively.

Press release on the study:
Arabic-German for beginners

May 11, 2016

How the brain learns a new language most effectively.
You will attend an intensive six-month German course (5x4 hours a week). The course itself will lead you to Level B1 in German according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The Language Course

You will attend an intensive six-month German course (5x4 hours a week). The course itself will lead you to Level B1 in German according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). [more]
The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences conducts worldclass research in the field of human neuroscience.

Methodological basis of the research project

The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences conducts worldclass research in the field of human neuroscience. [more]
Our institute, and our department in particular, have long been interested in how the human brain processes language. What appears to be an automatic process is in fact a complex interplay between our hearing and different regions in our brains.

One of many language studies

Our institute, and our department in particular, have long been interested in how the human brain processes language. What appears to be an automatic process is in fact a complex interplay between our hearing and different regions in our brains. [more]

 
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