Teacher training and family involvement in pluralistic approaches to language education

Find here below all the materials prepared by the NEW ABC partners who first came up with this pilot action. You can find some particularities, the handbook prepared to explain the whole implementation process, and templates and specific materials produced for carrying out some activities.

This handbook proposes activities involving the use of more than one language or culture simultaneously during the teaching process designed for teachers, educational professionals, parents and pupils.

Wrap-up of the action

Testing country
Italy

Type of action
At-school activities

Children age
6-14 years

Download the handbook to learn how this pilot action was implemented

Activities you will find in this handbook:

  • Flower of languages
  • Linguistic portfolio
  • Deep roots are not reached by the frost
  • Plurilingual fairy tales
  • A salad of tales
  • The long journey of robot verbs
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  • Creating a grammatical videogame
  • Class vocabulary notebook
  • Plurilinguistic videogame
  • Family roots
  • On dialects and poetry
  • From Ulysses to other travel stories
  • Let’s talk about sport
  • Tourist guide
  • The language of problems
  • Museum audioguides

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  • PRELIMINARY ACTIVITY 1: FLOWER OF LANGUAGES

Download a template of the Flower of Languages (editable Word document)

The template in PDF (non-editable)

 

  • PRELIMINARY ACTIVITY 2: LINGUISTIC PORTFOLIO

Download the NEW ABC Portfolio (editable Word document)

The template in PDF (non-editable)

 

  • ACTIVITY 1. DEEP ROOTS ARE NOT REACHED BY THE FROST

Watch children participating in NEW ABC singing the song

 

  • ACTIVITY 2. PLURILINGUAL FAIRY TALES

Watch the fairy tale in Romanian shown to pupils in the beginning of the activity

 

  • ACTIVITY 4. THE LONG JOURNEY OF ROBOT VERBS

Watch the fairy tale in Romanian shown to pupils in the beginning of the activity

 

  • ACTIVITY 9. ON DIALECTS AND POETRY

Download the poem in dialect; “Udor ad ca” by Elide Casali

 

  • ACTIVITY 14. MUSEUM AUDIOGUIDES

Watch the audio-guides developed by pupils participating in this activity

Find here below all the materials prepared by the NEW ABC partners who replicated this pilot action. The second pilot of the action was adapted from the first pilot, after taking support and inspiration from the partners previously implementing it. You can find some data about the particularities at which these activities were conducted, you can download the handbook prepared to explain the whole implementation process, and finally, you can get access to the templates and specific materials produced for carrying out some activities.

Wrap-up of the action

Testing country
Spain

Type of action
At-school activities

Children age
Groups of all school stages: pre-primary, primary, secondary

Download the handbook to learn how this repilot action was implemented

Activities you will find in this handbook:

  • Presenting the action to school teachers and headmaster
  • Introducing teachers to plurilingual didactics
  • Exploring the linguistic diversity of our group
  • Observing the school’s routine
  • Presenting the project through our language biography
  • Involving families in a plurilingual project
  • International Mother Language Day (21st February)
  • Sant Jordi and San Martino and follow-up activities
  • Rubbing-up our actions
  • Closing and dissemination

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It is important to implement this pilot because…
intense migration phenomena in recent times made Italy, as well as many European countries, a complex multilingual society. As a result, school institutions have always had a dual attitude towards multilingualism: school has traditionally been conceived as an agent for teaching the national language to new generations of citizens, at the possible detriment of multilingual repertoires; at the same time, many institutional actions and documents have encouraged a more open attitude towards the plurilingual background of pupils. Therefore, now more than ever, a renewal in teacher training practices is needed, and a more coherent synergetic strategy between the different stakeholders (teachers, pupils, families, and communities) should be deployed. The bottom-up nature of the actions in this pilot will lead to greater involvement of all its stakeholders, and to a co-constructed strategy that addresses both the concrete teaching problems and the involvement of migrant children’s families.

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This pilot will take place in primary and middle schools with a culturally diverse population ranging from 6 to 14 years of age.

The aim of this pilot action is…
to create conditions and activities so that multilingual skills are valued as a resource and an opportunity in the school curriculum.

The University of Turin and the University of Bologna teams will collaborate with schools and families to develop and implement a series of activities aiming to:

  • raise awareness of teachers, students and families about benefits and educational outcomes of a multilingual oriented pedagogy;
  • empower families in children’s school education, fostering bottom-up synergies and building a transversal multilingual learning environment, which can support the use and enhancement of a multilingual repertoire;
  • support teachers in developing effective practices for the use and valorisation of plurilingual repertoires.

This pilot will contribute to addressing some or all of the following objectives:

  • to increase the integration of the resources and skills of multilingual pupils in school’s regular teaching practices;
  • to develop cognitive, metalinguistic and communicative strategies in the classroom;
  • to enhance the linguistic repertoires of children in the classroom;
  • to increase the active involvement of parents with migrant backgrounds in teaching and community activities.

Conversations on the Teacher training and family involvement in pluralistic approaches to language education pilot action

Presentation of the pilot Teacher training and family involvement in pluralistic approaches to language education

Multimedia gallery

Photos of the pilot activities conducted in the repilot phase, in Catalonia

Photo gallery of the posters produced to show the different activities carried out at schools