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Stories of multilingualism: Connecting families and schools through visual narratives

Project description

Connecting multilingualism at home and at school

Today, many children grow up with two or more languages. While multilingualism at home has become a reality for many, schools build little on children’s multilingualism when developing language policies and classroom pedagogies. The EU-funded Co-lingual-S project addresses this disconnect between family and school language policies regarding multilingualism. It applies innovative visual methods to understand multilingual family life and develop multilingual pedagogies in schools. The project designs multilingual storybooks based on semi-structured interviews, language portraits, drawings, and photo-elicited narratives from family members. Next, teachers develop practices using these storybooks. The overall aim is to understand experiences of multilingualism at home, and support teachers in developing multilingual pedagogies that mobilise children’s multilingualism. This way, the project brings schools and families closer.


Net EU contribution
€ 166 320,00
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00