Language case studies Theme 2 Early Language Learning
These case studies are taken from the publication European Multilingualism Experiences from the Lifelong Learning Programme – Key Activity 2 Languages. The best practice projects funded under LLP, KA2 – Languages focused on the study of inclusive multilingual societies in Europe, promoted intercultural dialogue with respect to migrants and raised awareness of minority European languages such as Romani. The outcomes of these projects show the significant contribution that EU funded projects can make in tackling the current economic and political challenges that the European Union is facing.
Kids 2 Talk – Werkzeugkoffer Mehrsprachigkeit für Kleinkinder
Kids2Talk develops and pilots innovative toys and materials for use in early childhood education for children in Europe from multilingual and multicultural backgrounds. The game and toy toolkit enhances the child's multilingual skills and interest in different languages at an early stage, and is used in kindergartens, play schools, pre-schools and the first year of primary school. Kids2Talk has developed and tested 13 games for the age group 3-5 and 5-7, and has reached around 650 children in 35 kindergartens. The Kids2Talk toolkit has been integrated in mainstream early-childhood education in kindergartens in Greece, Germany, Austria and Romania.
VELL – Development of Methodology for Very Early Language Learning
VELL has developed a methodology for pre-kindergarten foreign language learners and has produced a set of materials for early language acquisition. The project has created a theoretical and practical corpus including a Teacher's Resource Book, a Parent's Guide (for EN and FR, in DE, IT, CZ, SL), a Workbook for toddlers (in FR), and the video "Froggy's Stories" (in EN and FR). The products cater to the specific needs of teachers of pre-kindergarten children, toddlers themselves, as well as their parents, and address institutions, municipalities, and decision makers working in the field of early language learning.
BILFAM - Let´s become a Bilingual Family
The BILFAM project develops a new communicative-based approach to language learning by involving the family in second language learning. It increases parents' awareness of their ability to help their children to learn languages, and provides them with the tools to do so. The project has developed informational and training materials including 13 activities as well as an ICT platform, based on the Narrative Format methodology by Traute Taeschner, which do not require parents to be fluent in the taught language. BILFAM has involved 25 families from each of the 5 partner countries, providing them with training on the Narrative Format as well as a guide, materials, activities, and online and face-to-face tutoring.