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Arche, María J.

"To work together in such a focused manner is just what we needed to start up a new interdisciplinary agenda"

María J. Arche and her theme-group colleagues are working together intensively for 5 months on their interdisciplinary project on language acquisition in schools.

“The Theme-Group Fellowship is unique in giving research groups the rare opportunity to work together in a very much focused manner, and in our case, prepare an intensive workshop. This is just what we needed to start up a new interdisciplinary agenda and bring together scholars, practitioners and research beneficiaries to plan next actions.​” 

About the Theme Group

In the NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group “Accessible Tool for Language Assessment in Schools“, participants join forces to investigate the development of language in late childhood and adolescence, and how language difficulties can be assessed. The project bridges the fields of Linguistics, Speech and Language Therapy and Education, setting a novel research agenda on the development of language of 6 to 16 year-olds and the assessment of language difficulties of this age range. The aim is to establish an integrated approach that can inform the creation of new screening tools to improve diagnosis of language needs across populations.


  • Arche, María (University of Greenwich) | Linguistics | Theme-group Coordinator
  • van Hout, Angeliek (University of Groningen) | First Language Acquisition | Theme-group Coordinator
  • Perovic, Alexandra (University College London) | Clinical Linguistics
  • Quer, Josep (ICREA-Pompeu Fabra University) | Sign Language
  • Schulz, Petra (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) | Second Language Acquisition