Empowering Multilingual Education for Early Childhood

Empowering Multilingual Education for Early Childhood

We are delighted to share our experience of participating in the third Transnational Meeting of the Erasmus Project “BABO: Bilingual And Bicultural Outlook.” This project’s mission is to empower multilingual education for early childhood in Europe. Let’s explore the highlights of this dynamic meeting, which took place in Vienna, and delve into the progress made during the project’s third gathering.

Collaborating for Innovative Education

The consortium, consisting of a diverse range of European organisations, has been working to explore new horizons in early childhood education. Coordinated by the University of Extremadura, Spain, the BABO project has brought together experts in multiple intelligences, multilingual education, ECEC, gamification, educational game design, audiovisual animation, and app development.

BABO puppets and BABO book

 The BABO project comprises five essential components designed to drastically enhance language learning for young learners across Europe.

  • Activity Booklet: This comprehensive resource features 140 activities curated to cater to various multiple intelligences. These activities ensure that children aged 2-3 and 3-6 can learn a second language in a captivating way that aligns perfectly with their unique interests and strengths.
  • Empowering Early Childhood Teachers: The project provides a comprehensive guide to help educators identify, work with and utilize multiple intelligences effectively when teaching a second language to young children. Equipped with these valuable insights, teachers can create tailored language learning experiences for their students.
  • Gamification at its heart: The BABO approach embraces gamification, incorporating both online and offline educational games that turn language learning into a fun and exciting adventure for young learners. By infusing playfulness and interactive elements, the project aims to keep children fully engaged in the language learning process.
  • “BABO Cartoons”: As a highlight of the project, the delightful 10-episode cartoon series, featuring the lovable character, “BABO the Dragon,” and his pals, offers a fantastic opportunity for students to learn basic vocabulary in a second language. Through fun-filled adventures, children will effortlessly acquire language skills while enjoying their favourite characters.
  • Seamless Learning Experience: Tecnologias Imaginadas is designing an interactive app that will support the language learning games both at home and in school. 

The BABO project’s comprehensive approach brings together theory and practice, innovative methodologies and engaging content, all focused on empowering young learners to become bilingual with confidence and enthusiasm.

Progress and Activities

During this meeting, the consortium focused on evaluating the outcomes achieved thus far and planning for the next stages of the project. One of the exciting activities involved learn more about the interactive games prepared by the Research Group Nodo Educativo and watching and evaluating the cartoons created by The Glow Animation, the esteemed winner of the Goya Awards for best animated film with “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles.” This provided valuable insights into the development of engaging and educational content for young learners within the BABO project.

Emphasizing Multiple Intelligences

Presenting project results

As an active participant in the meeting, Mother Tongues continued to contribute its expertise by working with Smartmaking, MTU, Superlexi and La Rueda on the integration of multiple intelligences into the project’s educational resources. By recognizing and nurturing different forms of intelligence in children, we aimed to enhance their language skills and overall cognitive development, laying a solid foundation for lifelong learning.

Visiting a Bilingual Kindergarten

In addition to the fruitful discussions and working groups, we had the privilege of visiting the bilingual (German and Spanish) kindergarten “La Rueda“. This visit offered a firsthand experience of observing bilingual education in action, allowing us to witness once again the positive impact it has on young learners. We were inspired by the dedicated educators and the engaging environment they created, further strengthening our commitment to promoting language diversity and cultural understanding in early childhood settings.

La Rueda, Bilingual kindergarten in Vienna

Alignment with European Initiatives

The BABO project remains aligned with the European Commission’s report “Education Begins with Language” and the Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027). These initiatives advocate for innovative approaches to language teaching and learning, as well as the integration of digital resources in education. The project’s goal is to leverage technology’s potential to create inclusive and accessible digital learning experiences for children, building on the lessons learned during the widespread use of technology in education during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Under the expert guidance of Juan Ruiz, Founder and Director of Baby Erasmus, the BABO project continues to progress ambitiously. The outputs of the project will include a series of engaging cartoons, digital games and an interactive app designed to make language learning enjoyable for young children. Additionally, a comprehensive booklet will be developed, providing early childhood educators with practical guidelines based on the concept of multiple intelligences.

Looking Ahead

BABO Project, the whole consortium

As the BABO project moves forward, we eagerly anticipate the positive impact it will have on early childhood education across Europe. The collaboration, knowledge sharing and commitment demonstrated during the Transnational Meeting have laid a strong foundation for future success. We encourage you to stay updated on the project’s progress by visiting the official BABO website at baboproject.com.

The Transnational Meeting of the BABO Project marked a significant milestone in our collective journey towards innovative and inclusive language education. Through collaboration, expertise and a shared vision, the consortium continues to build bridges between cultures and languages, fostering bilingualism, multiculturalism and digital literacy in early childhood education.

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