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.

External Resources

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).