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Multilingual classrooms: the new reality of urban schools – Education Talks

Functional multilingual learning is a new approach that the University of Ghent has been developing for classrooms where children speak several languages. Nell Foster from that university’s Centre for Diversity and Learning briefly explains this approach, as well as describing the circumstances of multilingual classrooms. Watch the video here.

The Multilingual Turn in Language Education: An Essential Skill for the 21st Century

Dr Nayr Ibrahim (Head of Young Learners and Bilingual Education, British Council, Paris) explores multilingualism as a holistic phenomenon. It looks at how children develop and manage multiple languages, what teachers can do to build on children’s linguistic repertoires, and why a multilingual approach is imperative for educational systems. Watch the video here

What is translanguaging?

“What is that crazy idea of mixing languages and letting the students use what ever they want in the classroom?”[..] “It isn’t as crazy as it sounds”. Watch the video about translanguaging here


Talk of Prof. Ph.D. Ofelia García on the subject “Translanguaging” during the Multilingualism & Diversity Lectures 2017. Watch the video here

How language shapes the way we think

There are more than 7000 languages spoken in the world. They all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. Does the language we speak shape the way we think? Find out the answer here.

The benefits of a bilingual brain

In this video Mia Nacamulli details about the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.

Let’s make the most of Multilingualism

Watch this video from the Donostia Research group on Education and Multilingualism (DREAM) and learn more about their approach “Focus on multilingualism”.

(Basque version here)

Whole school plurilingual approaches in Ireland

In this video from the ECML PlurCur project, Dr. Déirdre Kirwan talks about the whole school plurilingual approaches at a primary school in Dublin.