Getting started

Do you teach pupils who speak multiple languages? Then you have landed on the right page!
Through videos, handouts, research summaries and clear explanations of concepts and practice, you will learn about ways to make the most of linguistic diversity by doing just what you do, but through the lens of multilingualism! Getting started might be daunting. You might think that you need to be a language expert… but here is the surprise! Your language experts are your pupils and your job is to open the door to a world of possibilities!

Communicating with families who are new to English

If you are a teacher or a school leader with pupils whose families’ first language is not English, in this video you will find lots of useful tips on how to communicate with them. 


This glossary includes some key terms that can be useful when exploring multiple languages in the classroom.
You can download it in a printable PDF.

Questionnaire for families


An introduction to bilingualism

bilingualism is shaped by experience

What does it mean to be bilingual? Being bilingual does not mean knowing two languages equally well, so both parents and teachers need to be aware that language development is shaped by experience and that the skills in each language may not be equivalent.

Is bilingual education possible for children with additional language & communication needs?

We often get asked by parents if it is a good idea for children who seem to struggle with language to grow up in a bilingual environment or attend a bilingual programme.
Parents’ concerns are often voiced to teachers, principals and health professionals, but the answers are not always clear. In this talk, Dr La Morgia evaluates research findings and dispels the myth that immersion education should be avoided by children with language and communication difficulties.

External Resources

How to ensure that languages flourish in your school

If you are a headteacher, inspector or in a role that supports teacher development in relation to language education, this webinar is for you. By showing you a range of easy-to-use resources developed through the ECML project EOL – learning environments where foreign languages flourish – and adapted to hybrid learning, it will help you see how much your school can benefit from taking a holistic approach to language education which supports all learners reach their potential.
It also offers an excellent opportunity to promote collective reflection around the challenges that schools are facing as the pandemic continues. www.ecml.at

learning languages in post covid world

How is COVID-19 affecting second language acquisition? The 2020 Einar Haugen Lecture will be given by renowned researcher Lourdes Ortega.

Lourdes Ortega is a professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. Her main area of research is in second language acquisition, particularly socio-cognitive and educational dimensions in adult classroom settings.

NESET webinar

“Innovative language teaching methods, and school networks and labels as ways to promote multilingualism and language education” took place 25 June, 2020. With the participation of Gisella Langé (CertiLingua Network), Ellen-Rose Kambel (Rutu Foundation), Audrey Rousse Malpat (University of Groningen), Jim Cummins (University of Toronto). The webinar is moderated by Kristina Cunningham (DG EAC: European Commission).