Multilingual Families: introduction to the project

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Multilingual Families : Supporting multilingual families A linguistic treasure for Europe. Preserving the linguistic and multicultural diversity of Europe immigrants and bilingual families. …

Multilingual Families : Supporting multilingual families A linguistic treasure for Europe. Preserving the linguistic and multicultural diversity of Europe immigrants and bilingual families. http://www.multilingual-families.eu/

The “Multilingual Families” project is an important project that is targeted at preserving the languages and culture of the 47.3 million immigrants living in the European Union and the many families with parents with more than one language . These people represent a linguistic treasure house for Europe and one that must be preserved to enhance the linguistic and multi-cultural diversity of Europe.

To preserve this treasure in to the second generation, the children of immigrants and linguistically diverse parents, is vital as a continuing linguistic resource.

Children who are bilingual are also a strong beacon to their monolingual peers that bilingualism, or multilingualism is obtainable.

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  • 1. Multilingual Families The project ‘Multilingual Families: Supporting multilingual families – a linguistic treasure for Europe ’ has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Supporting multilingual families – a linguistic treasure for Europe Introduction to the Project
  • 2. Mission Preserving the linguistic and multi-cultural diverse treasure brought to Europe by immigration, for the individual, the family and society Introduction to the Project Multilingual Families Preservingthe linguisticand multi-cultural diverse treasure broughtto Europeby immigration, forthe individual,the familyand society Preservingthelinguistic andmulti-culturaldiverse treasurebroughttoEurope byimmigration,forthe individual,thefamilyand ociety
  • 3. About All immigrant families (partial or wholly) *For To Preserve families native languages in to the next generation By Creating support materials and structures To Support bilingualism and multilingualism in the family and school Introduction to the Project Multilingual Families * With both, or one immigrant parent
  • 4. Answers for Parents • Why support children’s learning and use of the family language ? • What can we do to support them ? • How do we implement real language support ? Introduction to the Project Multilingual Families
  • 5. Methodology 1. Research in to immigration and languages 2. Development of materials for teachers 3. Development of materials for parents and children 4. Technical design of resources and multi-lingual translation 5. Piloting of the materials 6. Resource pack The project will Introduction to the Project Multilingual Families
  • 6. Milestones Establish Project Reference Group Create a repository of research Recommendations for the development of materials Develop materials for parents, teachers, community workers & children Translation of respective resources into 17 languages Complete pilots Teacher training – as a channel to reach and support parents Dissemination and exploitation. Introduction to the Project Multilingual Families
  • 7. Resources 1 For parents & children : Introductory brochure ‘Why to raise your children bilingually’ Parent’s Guide ‘How to motivate children to use the family language’ Self access on-line guide for parents Children’s leaflet : languages ‘be proud and value’ Introduction to the Project Multilingual Families
  • 8. Resources 2 For teachers : Introductory material – to answer parents questions Teacher’s Guide Pedagogic background manual Social Network group created for teachers and migrants Introduction to the Project Multilingual Families
  • 9. Website : http://www.multilingual-families.eu Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Multilingual.Families Email : info@multilingual-families.eu
  • 10. Website : http://www.multilingual-families.eu Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Multilingual.Families Email : info@multilingual-families.eu