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    Supporting Multilingual Classrooms

Modules and resources

Workshop modules

Useful ECML resources

  • Action-research communities for language teachers
  • Conbat + – Content based teaching and plurilingual/cultural awareness
  • Descriptors – Language descriptors for migrant and minority learners' success in compulsory education
  • Educomigrant – Collaborative community approach to migrant education: a virtual open course for educators
  • E-lang – Digital literacy for the teaching and learning of languages
  • EOL – Learning environments where modern languages flourish
  • FREPA/CARAP – A framework of reference for pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures
  • Illey – Inspiring language learning in the early years
  • Language in subjects – Developing language awareness in subject classes
  • Maledive – Teaching the language of schooling in the context of diversity: study materials for teacher development
  • Marille – Majority language instruction as a basis for plurilingual education
  • PEPELINO – European portfolio for pre-primary educators: the plurilingual and intercultural dimension
  • PlurCur – Towards whole-school language curricula: examples of practice in schools
  • A Pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning
  • PluriMobil – Plurilingual and intercultural learning through mobility: practical resources for teachers and teacher trainers
  • Roadmap for schools to support the language(s) of schooling


One school, many languages

One school, Many Languages (January 2022) – this attractive brochure has been designed as a practical resource for primary school teachers. It contains links to lesson plans, videos, audio resources that can be used in the classroom and articles following the latest research and best practice.

The toolkit has been designed by Mother Tongues to disseminate some of the key points from the Supporting Multilingual Classrooms national workshop, delivered in Ireland on 27th and 28th September 2021 by the ECML experts, Chantal Muller and Prof. Terry  Lamb. This event was funded by the European Union and the European Centre for Modern Languages.

In February 2022, The Irish Times featured Mother Tongues and the toolkit in an article:
“Speaking in mother tongues shows heritage is a class act – Embracing diverse languages inside the classroom gives all pupils a great advantage”.


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Supporting Multilingual Classrooms joint workshop

Slovak Republic and Czech Republic, 20 - 21 June, Tatranská Lomnica


This initiative is carried out within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission, entitled
Innovative Methodologies and Assessment in language learning