Projects

Innovative Approaches in the Multilingual Workplace
A doctoral project investigating talk about language in a multinational workplace, in order to identify risky language practices and promote efficient ways of communication.
Digital Media as Language and Literacy Learning Spaces in Multilingual Families
How do digital media help multiligual families learn language and literacy skills?
TRANSLA: Program for preschool teachers working with language minority children
Translanguaging project helping teachers involve multilingual children and their parents and improve home-school collaboration. Check out for resources and more information!
COMPARE Project: Collaboration with parents and multiliteracy in early childhood education
The COMPARE project (2020 – 2023) aims to develop, support and explore collaboration and multiliteracy activities in day-care centres in Luxembourg.
ITEO project: An app to promote narration, language development and multilingualism in schools
The iPad App iTEO is a learning and teaching tool that records and edits oral language. Children use the app to tell stories in multiple languages, record documentaries, create bilingual dictionaries with pictures, and practise language skills.
MuLiPEC project: Developing multilingual pedagogies in Early Childhood
A successful professional development track enabled 46 teachers and educators to better understand multilingualism and language learning, and move from monolingual to multilingual practices.

Events

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Multilingual Development in Children and teenagers in Persian-speaking families

Do you have questions about using Persian and other languages at home in Luxembourg? Join us at this event!

Intervention studies with linguistically diverse children in Luxembourg

Assoc.-Prof. Pascale Engel de Abreu will present two intervention studies with linguistically diverse children in Luxembourg at the Slovenian national project Jeziki štejejo - Languages Matter, a project whose main goal is to determine which factors support and which hinder the creation of a supportive learning environment

Criando crianças multilingues: o que é bi/ multilingualismo e o papel dos pais

Nessa conversa online, as palestrantes vão falar sobre a importância da língua materna, além de compartilhar materiais elaborados em Português e dicas de como criar um ambiente rico em linguagem que favorecerá o desenvolvimento da linguagem das crianças.

Soirée d’Information de BilingualismMatters @Luxembourg

Beaucoup d’entre nous sont multilingues et se demandent comment soutenir au mieux leurs enfants dans leur parcours plurilingue. Cette séance d’information démystifie certains des mythes sur le multilinguisme et présente des principes, méthodes et stratégies pour promouvoir le multilinguisme.

The many faces of multilingualism: Myths, emotions, and the pandemic

Guest talk by Dr. Michał Paradowski , University of Warsaw, basing on survey data from nearly 9,000 respondents from 118 countries.

Informatiounsowend vu BilingualismMatters @Luxembourg

Vill vun eis si méisproocheg a froen sech, wéi si hir Kanner am beschte beim Sproocheléieren ënnerstëtze kënnen. Dësen Informatiounsowend analyséiert e puer vun de Mythen ronderëm Méisproochegkeet a presentéiert Prinzippien, Methoden a Strategië fir Méisproochegkeet ze fërderen.

Discussion on the benefits of bilingualism in children and adults

Join us for an evening of information and interaction as we meet in person* for a presentation on the benefits of bilingualism in children and adults!

Belgian minister of Multilingualism visiting the University of Luxembourg

Can Luxembourg be a model for the Brussels region? Sven Gatz (Minister of Multilingualism in Belgium), Philippe Van Parijs (President of the Brussels Chair of Multilingualism), Thomas Lambert (Ambassador of Belgium in Luxembourg) and their team visit the University of Luxembourg to find out how multilingualism is promoted in education.

UniTalks: Multilingual Children Today and Tomorrow

Prof. Claudine Kirsch, Associate Professor in languages at the University of Luxembourg will talk about myths on multilingualism, her research studies in formal and non-formal education, and the Bilingualism Matters branch in Luxembourg.

Minister Claude Meisch opens the launch of BM Luxembourg

The Minister of national Education, Early Childhood and Youth of Luxembourg

Congratulations from all over the world

9 experts on multilingualism congratulate to the launch of BM Luxembourg branch

News

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From the fear of mistakes to the joy of understanding

What do young graduates from all over Europe learn about communication during their EU traineeship? That mutual understanding across (linguistic and geopolitical) borders is as hot an issue as ever. However, this does not come without effort...

Videos of the COMPARE project

Have you ever wondered what role can parents and educators play in supporting multilingual learning? In this project, you can find inspiration on the videos created with educators and parents in Luxembourg.

New resources for parents and educators

BM Luxembourg launches TRANSLA - a new program for multilingual children - with resources for teachers and parents in English, French and German

Literacy in early childhood – Picture books and…?

Young children only learn written language at school, right? Not really. Children’s first print experience at home matters...

Why monolinguals ‘cringe’ in a multilingual society

Do you apologise for your poor foreign language skills in multilingual encounters? Find out about the hidden social effects of this common monolingual practice.

Pigeonholed by the ‘native English’ privilege

Speaking English is often seen as an advantage, but a study from Luxembourg shows the 'native English' position can have drawbacks in the multilingual workplace.

Members of BM Luxembourg

Bilingualism Matters Luxembourg opened on 5th March 2021. Find out about the members, who all research multilingualism from social, educational and psychological perspectives.

People

Prof. Dr. Claudine Kirsch
Branch Director / Associate Professor, University of Luxembourg / Multilingual Pedagogies More
Dr. Maria Obojska
Social Media Team / Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg / Multilingualism in Children More
Veronika Lovrits
Web Content Managment / Doctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg / Multilingualism at Work More
Dr. Gabrijela Aleksić
Branch Member / Research Scientist, University of Luxembourg / Multilingualism in Children More
Dr. Džoen Bebić-Crestany
Postdoctoral researcher, University of Luxembourg/ Multilingualism in Children More
Valérie Kemp
Branch Member / Doctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg / Multilingualism in Early Education More
Kevin Simoes Loureiro
Social Media Team - Instagram / Doctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg / Multilingual Education Policies
Dr. Simone Mortini
Branch Member / Project manager in “Innovation”, Service national de la jeunesse / Multilingual education in Early Childhood Education and Care More
Dr. Flavia R. Bley
Social Media Team - Facebook / Early Childhood Language Acquisition and Multilingual Pedagogy
Prof. Dr. Sabine Ehrhart
Branch Member / Associate Professor / Ethnolinguistics More
Dr. Eve Lejot
Branch Member / Senior Lecturer, University of Luxembourg / Language Learning and Teaching More
Dr. Cyril Wealer
Branch Member / Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg / Multilingual Language Development
Prof. Dr. Ingrid de Saint-Georges
Branch Member / Associate Professor, University of Luxembourg / Multilingualism More
Prof. Dr. Pascale Engel de Abreu
Branch Member / Associate Professor, University of Luxembourg / Cognitive Development in Multilingual Children More
Dr. Carolina Nikaedo
Branch Member / Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg / Cognitive and Language Development
Dr. Sarah Degano
Branch Member / Former Primary School Teacher / Doctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg / Multilingualism in Primary School More
Prof. Dr. Adelheid Hu
Branch Member / Professor, University of Luxembourg / Multilingual Education and Applied Linguistics More
Dr. Ariana Loff
Social Media Team - Facebook / Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg / Multilingualism in Education
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Budach
Branch Member / Associate Professor, University of Luxembourg / Multimodal Pedagogies
Prof. Dr. Katrien Deroey
Branch Member / Assistant Professor, University of Luxembourg / Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching More
Prof. Dr. Birgit Huemer
Branch Member / Assistant Professor, University of Luxembourg / Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching More
Dr. Nancy Morys
Branch Member / Senior Lecturer, University of Luxembourg / Language Learning and Teaching
Mahdi Mowlaei
Doctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg/ Family Language Policy
Dr. Potheini Vaiouli
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg / Language development in Early Childhood Inclusive Education

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Bilingualism Matters Luxembourg
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