Isabelle Udry

© Alan Humerose

Research manager

Research interests

  • Individual differences in language acquisition
  • Instructed foreign language learning and teaching
  • Language aptitude
  • Creativity and multilingualism

PhD thesis project

Domain-specific and domain general abilities in foreign language learning

Research projects (direction)


01.2021 - 12.2024

Vocabulary is the basis for receptive and productive language use. Influential theories on second language acquisition and learning consider vocabulary and grammar to be complementary, rather than opposing elements of language. Vocabulary...


04.2021 - 12.2024

Digital translation tools and dictionaries have become an indispensable part of language use. DeepL, Leo and Co. are used extensively and for various purposes, however, their benefits for foreign language teaching and learning remain contested....


01.2017 - 03.2021

The potential to learn foreign languages varies from one individual to the next and has been investigated by many researchers as of the early 1950s. Individuals’ ability to learn foreign languages relies on various elements that have been...


Udry, I., Steiner, C. (2019). Sprachlerneignung und Differenzierung im Fremdsprachenunterricht – Chancen und Grenzen. Babylonia - Differenzierung im Fremdsprachenunterricht.

Udry, I., Lambelet, A. & Berthele, R. (2019). Les aptitudes langagières : construit et résultats de recherche. Une synthèse de la revue de la littérature. Un rapport du Centre scientifique de compétence sur le plurilinguisme.

Lambelet, A., Berthele, R. & Udry, I. (2019). Les aptitudes langagières : construit et opérationnalisation. Une revue de la littérature. Un rapport du Centre scientifique de compétence sur le plurilinguisme.

Berthele, R., & Udry, I. (2019). Multilingual boost vs. cognitive abilities: Testing two theories of multilingual language learning in a primary school context. International Journal of Multilingualism.