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On this page you can find links to interesting websites in the field of multilingualism and education, with a general or a cross-linguistic perspective. For links to projects and initiatives on specific (minority) languages, go to the language specific links.

Links to websites about bilingual and multilingual education and multilingualism in general

 

AThEME - Advancing the European Multilingual Experience is a research project that studies bilingualism and multilingualism in Europe

Bilingualism Matters -  a project hat wants to bridge the gap between researchers and the multilingual community

Open Education Europa - a gateway giving access to all existing European Open Educational Resources in different languages

European Day of Languages - an annual event that aims at promoting linguistic diversity and raising awareness of languages and language learning

LangOER project - project on open educational resources in less used languages

Life as a bilingual. The reality of living with two (or more) languages – blog by researcher François Grosjean about different aspects of bilingualism

Multilingual Families project - project aimed at multilingual families, immigrant families, parents, teachers, and children.

www.gaelic4parents.com - a colourful and useful website aimed at parents and children involved or interested in Gaelic-medium education

Bilingual Kids Rock - Information and advice about raising children bilingually

Bilingual Monkeys - Information and advice about raising children bilingually

Bilingual books for Kids Inc - Range of different language books etc. for children

The case for language learning. Series of articles in UK newspaper The Guardian about language learning.

Child Up - Since 2005, the ChildUp Team of early childhood development experts and dedicated parents is providing information and developing solutions and tools for parents who intend to raise successful, balanced, and happy children.

The ChildUp program is based on decades of practical positive parenting experience in real life situations and families, backed up by leading worldwide scientific research in early education from the past 10 years.

ChildUp offers a series of efficient solutions and tools in matter of parenting, early childhood development, and early learning: the ChildUp Online Parenting Courses, the ChildUp Early Learning Game Cards, the ChildUp Early Learning Applications, and the ChildUp Early Learning Method.

Parenting and children education being not exact science, nothing is more valuable than experience in those domains. Always feel free to share your experiences or questions with us.

eTwinning - The free and safe platform for teachers to connect, develop collaborative projects and share ideas in Europe

The European Children’s Travelling Language library

European Language Portfolio - The European Language Portfolio is a personal document of a learner. In this document learners of all ages can record their language learning and cultural experiences at school or outside school. There is not a single ELP portfolio - there's a huge variety of different portfolios made for different languages and different target and age groups in the ELP database.

The FREPA-project argues for a pluralistic approach in which different languages and cultures are mixed. The website offers an explanation of the key ideas, access to videos and podcasts, teaching materials, teacher training and much more.

GEDB (global education database) is a useful website that provides an overview of apps, websites, and other applications that can be useful in education.

Growing up bilingual - This website gives you the information you are looking for when it comes to raising bilingual children. The website has been created especially to provide a source of support and information for all those concerned with or interested in bilingual children and their upbringing and education. Although the contents of this website are mainly aimed at parents and parents-to-be of bilingual children, they also invite teachers, policymakers, administrators, researchers, speech language therapists and other interested parties to browse through the various pages.

Growing up with two languages

This website has two functions: first, it is a place to collect material that might be interesting to readers of the book Growing Up with Two Languages, now in its third edition with Routledge. Many readers of the book are parents who are raising children in an environment where more than one language is spoken. Second, this website is a place for contact between readers.

You will find links and pointers to places on the Internet that you may find useful. There are excerpts from interviews I carried out with parents of children with two languages and with adults who themselves grew up with more than one language. These include interviews with two of my sons, whose early language development you can follow in the book. This site also contains information on how to join the Growing Up with Two Languages Facebook page and how to get in touch with me and with other families whose children are growing up with two languages.

Language Landscape is an online world map that shows where languages are spoken around the world. You can hear recordings of languages spoken in different locations, but of course it is even more fun to add your own language! Would this not be something great to do with your class?

MELT-project - The Multilingual Early Language Transmission (MELT) Project is a partnership between four language communities – Breton in Brittany, the Frisian language in Friesland, the Swedish language community in Finland, and the Welsh language in Wales. The Project was funded by the European Commission, and ran between 01 November 2009 and 31 October 2011.

Publications of the MELT-project:

Brochure for parents: "Multilingualism in everyday life"

Frisian/Dutch version

Bildts/Dutch version

Welsh/English version

Breton/ French version

Swedish/ Finnish version

Guide for pre-school practitioners: “Multilingualism for children’s everyday life”

Frisian/ Dutch version  

Welsh/ English version

Breton/ French version  

Swedish/ Finnish version  

Multilingual living - Multilingual Living is a place where parents raising children in more than one language and culture can find inspiration, tools, advice, wisdom and support!  It is about LIVING multilingually, in each and every way possible.  Go to the Getting Started page if you would like to learn more about what this site is all about and how you can get started in raising multilingual children.

Multilingual Living magazine - Multilingual Living magazine published by Multilingual Living (Paid access, first number free)

Omniglot is a website about language. You might want to use is yourself or explore it with your students. One of the things you can find are translations of basic phrases into many different languages and songs in different languages. Or why not challenge your pupils to pronounce some of the many tongue twisters?

Poliglotti - Poliglotti4.eu is a project promoting multilingualism in Europe - the result of the deliberations of the EU Civil Society Platform on Multilingualism. This website reports on best practice in language policy and language learning, and provides policymakers, teachers, learners and civil society organisations with a powerful toolkit for benchmarking and enhancing their activities in non-formal and informal education and learning sectors. The project was funded through the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme.

Taalstudio -  Helpdesk Meertaligheid (in Dutch)

Tramproject: Transitions and Multilingualism (2009-2012)

Trilingual mama is a blog by a mother of four, who raises her children in three languages.

Links to other websites on minority languages in Europe

See also the chapter Addresses in the Regional dossiers (Published by the Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning), available in PDF-format and online as well as the section Minority language links on our website: www.mercator-research.eu

Revised August 2014