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 develop an innovative and flexible course and an open education resource that makes state-of-the-art, research-based knowledge about bilingualism available to pre-service and in-service teachers in HEIs.

Key things about multilingualism in education videos

The videos presented below introduce key aspets of multilingualism in education.

Why is multilingualism important to teachers?

Basic concepts

Factors affecting multilingual development


The TEAM open education resource will be made available freely to students, academic instructors and other education professionals and stakeholders beyond the current partnership soon.

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)


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.


TEAM is looking for feedback on their new videos for teachers!

Teacher Education About Multilingualism (TEAM) project is releasing free educational resources, aimed to help educators understand and navigate the intricacies of working with multilingual pupils and in multilingual classrooms. Help us evaluate our open education resource TEAM .


UNESCO’s Futures of Education BM Event (BM members only)

A BM member only event with UNESCO, discussing the Futures of Education Report.

Academic Lecture by Prof Judith Kroll

"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.


Prof. UAM dr hab. Anna Ewert
Professor, Department of Applied English Linguistics and Language Teaching / Adam Mickiewicz University More
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
CEO of Bilingualism Matters
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
Dr. Maaike Verrips
Director BM@NL, De Taalstudio More
Prof. Sharon Armon-Lotem
Branch Director More
Dr. Keren Goldfard

Partners and Funders