Overview

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:

  1. strengthen the professional training of teachers and other educators in HEIs by preparing them to better deal with linguistic and cultural diversity in the classroom
  2. prepare teachers and other educators to better respond to the needs of students with migration backgrounds by making their teaching more socially relevant and inclusive
  3. improve the quality of academic instruction by creating a new interdisciplinary course curriculum and teaching resources linking teacher training with relevant and up-to-date bilingualism research

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.

Team Project Partners

  • Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland)
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
  • Bar-Ilan University (Israel)
  • Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland)
  • University for Foreigners of Siena (Italy)
  • University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • University of Granada (Spain)
  • University of Konstanz (Germany)

Website

Find out more about the TEAM project and get up to date news on developments:

http://team.amu.edu.pl/

Details on all the people involved in the project are also on the website in each partner section.

People

Prof Antonella Sorace
Professor of Developmental Linguistics, University of Edinburgh / Founding Director of Bilingualism Matters More
Dr. Georgia Fotiadou
Deputy Director of @BM Thessaloniki; Laboratory Teaching Staff / Aristotle University of Thessaloniki More
Prof. Despina Papadopoulou
Professor of Applied Linguistics / Aristotle University of Thessaloniki More
Dr Katarzyna Przybycien
Research and Outreach Coordinator / BM@Edinburgh & BM Network
Dr Ania Byerly
Senior Teaching Fellow in Language Education, Moray House School of Education and Sport; BM Edinburgh Programme Director (Teacher Education) More
Mattia Zingaretti
PhD Student in Linguistics & English Language, University of Edinburgh More
Roberta Spelorzi
PhD Student in Linguistics & English Language, University of Edinburgh More
Prof. Dr. Theodoros Marinis
Professor Multilingualism, BM@Konstanz Branch DIrector More
Prof. UAM dr hab. Anna Ewert
Professor, Department of Applied English Linguistics and Language Teaching / Adam Mickiewicz University More
Dr. Maaike Verrips
Director BM@NL, De Taalstudio More
Prof. Sharon Armon-Lotem
Branch Director More
Dr. Keren Goldfard
Member

Partners and Funders