This Erasmus + funded project from 2020 to 2023 aims to educate pre-service and in-service teachers about various aspects of bilingualism that is often missing from their training. The project partners are all institutions with branches of Bilingualism Matters.
The TEAM project aims to educate pre-service and in-service teachers in higher education institution (HEI) settings about various aspects of bilingualism/multilingualism.
Basic, up-to-date knowledge about bilingualism can often be missing from teacher training curricula in higher education institutions across Europe, with bilingualism often being mentioned only in the context of educating students with special educational needs. This situation is unsatisfactory in present-day Europe, where migration both within the EU and from non-EU countries is a major contributor to demographic change.
The TEAM project aims to:
The TEAM project will develop an innovative and flexible course and an open education resource that will make state-of-the-art, research-based knowledge about bilingualism available to pre-service and in-service teachers in HEIs.
It is estimated that around 500 students will take the course at partner universities as either an obligatory part of their teacher training or as an elective during the project lifetime and the course will be incorporated into teacher training curricula after the project's completion. Well over 300 academic instructors, teachers and other education professionals are to be involved in multiplier events run in 9 countries. The TEAM open education resource will be made available freely to students, academic instructors and other education professionals and stakeholders beyond the current partnership.
Through educating teachers, TEAM aims to promote informed attitudes and approaches towards bilingualism in education, which should lead to more informed decision-making at all stages of education and in a variety of educational contexts, which in turn should increase educational opportunities of children with the experience of migration and should facilitate integration of migrants into their recipient communities in the longer term.
Find out more about the TEAM project and get up to date news on developments:
Details on all the people involved in the project are also on the website in each partner section.
A BM member only event with UNESCO, discussing the Futures of Education Report.
"Two sides of bilingualism: A lens to the cognitive neuroscience of language and a reflection of our social world" is the second lecture of the IAS Invited Lecture Series in Bilingualism and Multilingualism.