Dr. Malgorzata Barras

Associated researcher

Research interests

  • Language acquisition and use
  • Assessing language competences
  • Migration and language policy

Research projects (direction)


10.2015 - 12.2017

At the start of the school year 2018/2019, the Canton of Solothurn will begin the comprehensive introduction of Clin d’œil and New World, the new foreign language textbooks developed in the scope of the “Passepartout” project. Both textbooks...


Quality management system for fide language courses

Commissioned by:State Secretariat for Migration (SEM)


01.2014 - 07.2014

The SEM had issued a mandate to the Institute of Multilingualism to develop a quality strategy for fide language courses. The purpose of the strategy is to create a common understanding of fide’s didactic principles and to support the implementation...


This doctoral thesis used qualitative research methods and adopted an exploratory-interpretative approach. Although conducted as an independent study, it forms part of the RCM project “Innovative forms of assessment (IFB)”, a quantitative...

Research projects (collaboration)


Innovative forms of assessment

In-depth study on competence-based assessment of receptive skills


01.2016 - 12.2019

If the aim is to measure how well learners can actually use a foreign language, then competence-oriented testing with near-authentic tasks is the method of choice. There is, however, a need for renewal in the design of such test tasks, especially...


03.2016 - 02.2019

This project aimed to gain empirical knowledge about how learners deal with multilingual teaching approaches in the foreign language classroom and to acquire a better understanding of the potential and the functioning of different types of...


01.2014 - 12.2016

In the spring of 2017, the CDIP/EDK assessed for the first time the basic skills in the first foreign language of schoolchildren at the end of primary school. On the basis of this assessment, the “Passepartout cantons” (the six cantons on...


01.2012 - 12.2014

There is little verified, i.e. empirically based knowledge about how second-language courses should be best designed to meet the specific needs of adult learners in low-threshold language courses. The aim of this project was to integrate...