- Challenges of multilingualism today – introduction by a keynote speaker.
- Multilingual Families: Supporting multilingual families – a linguistic treasure for Europe - presentation of the project.
- How Multilingual Families project can support teachers and parents in bringing children multilingually? Presentation of comprehensive and innovative set of supporting materials - all available free of charge.
- Inspirational case study of a real multilingual family.
- Workshop 1: Supporting multilingualism at school.
Aim: The participants will increase their ability to respond adequately and skilfully to the need of support of multilingual children at school. They will also gain experience of maximizing the potential of multilingual children to support language education and learn about effective tools to support tolerance, mutual enrichment and multicultural awareness development.
Moderator: Petra Schacherlová from Language School PELICAN, Brno, Czech Republic
- Workshop 2: Motivating children to become multilingual with the use of music and video.
Aim: This workshop will show how, the most relevant media of today and the future, video, can be used to motivate children to understand the value of languages. We will show how popular music can be brought in to learning, the music that children love. The workshop also promotes, active and collaborative, learning where children can become autonomous and self-disciplined learners due to their engagement with the subject.
Moderators: Susana Gómez, Ph.D. from Universidad de Valladolid, Spain/The Mosaic Art And Sound , UK and Joel Josephson from Kindersite, London, UK
- Workshop 3: My dog makes wang wang. What about yours, daddy?
Aim: This interactive workshop deals with the parent´s perspective on multilingualism. We will discuss why we support multilingualism, what we have to support then and how we do that. We work with all Multilingual Families materials for parents and have some exchange of experience.
Moderators: Thomas Fritz und Dilek Donat from Wiener Volkshochschulen, Vienna, Austria
- Workshop 4: Dealing With “Mythology” - How The Science Fights With Myths About Multilingualism.
Aim: To give theoretical background about both: advantages and opportunities, and threads about multilingualism. The workshop will show what scientific background lays behind answers to the FAQ about multilingualism and raising children multilingually.
Moderator: Adam Gogacz, PhD from University of Social Sciences in Lodz, Poland
- Workshop 5: Virtual neighbours – meet, learn and share your experience online.
Aim: The participants will create their virtual identity and profile on different social media to learn how to identify the best online communities and services and how to access relevant information effectively. They will use Facebook, blogs, websites, YouTube, Google, Twitter and more to create a virtual learning environment serving as a source of relevant information and an opportunity to share ideas and experience.
Moderator: Jan Špatenka from Language School PELICAN, Brno, Czech Republic
More info about the project and partners moderating the workshops available at project website: www.multilingual-families.eu