About MaMLiSE

“MaMLiSE: Majority and Minority Languages in School Contexts: Helping teachers, pupils and parents” is an international project funded by the National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme in Poland under Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships, School Education – KA201, running from 01.11.2020 to 31.07.2023 (no. 2020-1-PL01-KA201-081612).

It is implemented by seven organisations from four countries: Adam Mickiewicz University (project coordinator) in cooperation with The Teacher Training Centre in Poznań (Poland), two partners from Germany: the University of Bremen, the University of Bielefeld, two partners from Greece: The Computer Technology Institute and Press and the Intercultural Middle School in Ioannina, jointly with one partner from Ireland: the University of Limerick.

The MaMLiSE project aims to initiate, strengthen and expand international cooperation in face of challenges which migration society posits. So far migration as a social and educational issue has been almost exclusively dealt with on a national and national language-specific basis. In order to benefit from the experiences of others and to expand and improve the existing practices in the area of in-service and continuing education of teachers and, if necessary, to supplement university teacher training, the consortium plans to work jointly towards specific goals. The main aim is to support school teachers in delivering effective instruction in linguistically heterogeneous classes. In doing so, we will be guided by the assumption that both newly immigrated as well as multilingual pupils who have been living in the country for a longer period of time and were born there should be taken into account.

Although multilingualism has been an established feature of schools within the European Union for years or even decades, the range of in-service training courses and support materials on offer is still insufficient in terms of quantity and could be expanded in terms of quality. On the basis of the training courses prepared in the project, teachers will learn, for example, (1) how to adapt teaching materials from various subjects to the level of the school language knowledge which particular pupils have at their disposal and (2) how to didactically support them with the teaching principle of scaffolding. In this context, general language instruction is taken into account as well as subject-oriented language instruction and language-sensitive instruction in the subjects. Although the project’s target beneficiaries are teachers, pupils and parents within the area of school education, there is considerable potential for these end-products to be exploited in other relevant sectors, e.g. vocational education of adolescents, informal education of adults, or pre-service teacher training.

The project will develop: (1) a handbook introducing theories and pedagogical approaches of language and register-sensitive teaching; (2) a training concept and materials which can be used in continuous professional development of teachers as well as an accompanying e-learning platform (3). In addition, the project partners will produce multilingualism and register-sensitive teaching materials for selected subjects and prepare a series of videos for pupils’ parents showing how to support their children in developing their individual multilingualism and establishing literacy practices (4).

If you are interested in our aims and planned activities, please contact our project team at: mamlise@amu.edu.pl