Supporting Multilingual Classrooms, ECML national training workshop

Supporting Multilingual Classrooms

ECML national training workshop

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27th & 28th September 2021 2pm-6.30pm


Online on Zoom


Free (funded by European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe)

Mother Tongues is honoured to have been granted the opportunity by the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (ECML) to organise a 2-day workshop for school leaders, teachers, parents associations and teacher educators on Supporting Multilingual Classrooms on the 27th and 28th of September (via Zoom). The workshops offer tailored support to different educational stakeholders on how to best develop learners’ competencies in the language/s of schooling while valuing all children’s home languages and drawing on these languages as a rich resource for learning. It will be delivered by two European experts in the field Prof Terry Lamb and Dr Chantal Muller.

If you are interested in attending, please fill in the expression of interest below.

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Monday, 27th September – DAY 1

2 PM – 3 PM Introductions and welcome messages from the ECML and Irish Department of Education representative, Ms Maria Lorigan
3 PM – 4 PM Session 1
Introduction to whole-school approach
Plurilingualism, multilingualism, identities and context
4.15 PM – 5.15 PM Session 2
Culture and identity in your context
5.30 PM – 6.40 PM Session 3
Language awareness – Plural approaches (CARAP) in your context
6.40 PM -7 PM Final thoughts/ wrapping up
Tuesday, 28th September – DAY 2

2 PM – 3.15 PM  Session 1
Supporting all children in schools in your context
Developing competencies in supporting language development in all subjects
3.30 PM – 4.45 PM  Session 2
Whole-school approaches to multilingualism and multiculturalism – part 1
5.00 PM – 6.10 PM Session 3
Whole-school approaches to multilingualism and multiculturalism – part 2
6.10 PM – 6.30 PM Farewell – Evaluation


Terry Lamb

Professor Terry Lamb
Terry began his career as a teacher of French and German (plus some Spanish and Turkish) in London, progressing to a number of Head of Languages posts and eventually to posts in the Universities of Nottingham and Sheffield, where he focused mainly on postgraduate teacher education and urban education. He is now a Professor of Languages and Interdisciplinary Pedagogy at the University of Westminster, London, based in the Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation (which he established) and the School of Humanities, where he leads on both education research and migration research across the University. He has published widely in areas such as pedagogy, motivation, multilingual education, multilingual cities, and activist research that challenges social, cultural and linguistic injustices. His projects have included several at the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe, e.g. Supporting Multilingual Classrooms. He is a trustee of NRCSE (National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education). Terry has worked closely on languages strategy and curriculum with the UK and other Governments (Australia, Czech Republic, France and Malaysia) and is founder editor of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching. He is Vice President and former President of FIPLV (Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes), an NGO of UNESCO and the Council of Europe. He has also been awarded the honour of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Prime Minister.

Dr Chantal Muller
MA in German and English, Master in European Studies.
Chantal is a lecturer in English methodology, teaching English to young learners and the culture of English-speaking countries in initial and in-service teacher training. She is in charge of the International Office for initial teacher training at HENALLUX (Namur).
She is a member of the EPLC (Teaching a foreign language at primary school through content) team and of the PluriMobil team for the European Council of Modern Languages (ECML), as well as a member of the Supporting Multilingual Classrooms (SMC) for the ECML.
Chantal has coordinated and been involved in different European projects, e.g. meeting multilingual and multicultural Europe through national stories; inclusion; retain (young teachers in the job); discovering, learning and creating with all the senses for pre-school children.
Chantal has coordinated several international weeks for future teachers and she is the former vice-president of a European network of teacher training institutions: Comenius Association.

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