3. Support to learners

3.8. Targeted support - Language

Multilingual classrooms are a growing reality in EU countries: more and more schoolchildren have a mother tongue different from the main language of instruction in school and need additional linguistic support. Teaching needs to adapt to various ways of strengthening language proficiency of immigrant learners with different linguistic backgrounds. In multilingual schools and classrooms, students may speak one language at home and another at school; some or all of the students are learning the language of instruction.

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Initiatives to improve literacy

Maltese learner support initiatives around improving literacy are set within an overall context of a National Literacy Strategy for All which sought to consolidate current national programmes which has involved over 8000 students per year. Schools are able to plan and run their own literacy support projects for their own pupils and students who may need this. These initiatives are funded through grants, mainly from the local authorities.

Areas: 3. Support to learners; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 3.8. Targeted support - Language; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: BG; CZ; DA; DE; EL; EN; ES; ET; FI; FR; HR; HU; IT; LT; LV; MT; NL; PL; PT; RO; SK; SL; SV

Country: Malta

LUCIDE Toolkit on multilingualism in education

Increased mobility and changing patterns of migration are having a major impact on education systems throughout the world. The need to equip all levels of the school workforce for working effectively with children who are new to the host countrys language has been apparent for some time. It is not only children who are new to the host country who need support bilingual learners do too. Growing up and living in a family where two or more languages are spoken changes linguistic ability and the way one learns. Bilingual learners thus have specific needs ? and in particular require special resources for learning. These resources build the foundation of their development and learning.

Area: 3. Support to learners

Subarea: 3.8. Targeted support - Language

Language: BG; CZ; DA; DE; EL; EN; ES; ET; FI; FR; HR; HU; IT; LT; LV; MT; NL; PL; PT; RO; SK; SL; SV

Country: Albania; Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; North Macedonia; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; United Kingdom

Rescur Surfing the Waves – Resilience Curriculum

Rescur Surfing the Waves was a three-year Lifelong Learning Programme Comenius project that developed a resilience curriculum for early and primary education in Europe through intercultural and transnational collaboration.

Areas: 3. Support to learners; 4. Parental involvement

Subareas: 3.1. Well-being of learners; 3.2. Learners' participation in school life; 3.4. Curriculum and learning paths; 3.5. Learning and assessment; 3.7. Monitoring learners at risk; 3.8. Targeted support - Language; 3.9. Refugees, Migrants and Roma; 3.10. Targeted support - special educational needs and learning difficulties; 3.11. Targeted support - disadvantaged socio-economic background; 4.1. Communication and information; 4.4. Family learning

Language: BG; CZ; DA; DE; EL; EN; ES; ET; FI; FR; GA; HR; HU; IS; IT; LT; LV; MK; MT; NL; NO; PL; PT; RO; SK; SL; SR; SV; TR

Country: Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece; Ireland; Italy; Lithuania; Malta; Portugal; Sweden; Turkey

Unit on ‘Responding to student diversity in the primary classroom’

The unit is compulsory for 2nd and 3rd-year Bachelor’s student teachers enrolled in primary education programmes at the University of Malta. It has been integrated in the new Master in Teaching and Learning in October 2016. The unit aims at preparing student teachers to teach students with a diverse background, through gaining both theoretical knowledge and practical experience on diversity.

There are two main aspects of the unit’s activities:

1. Theoretical training: In the first semester, student teachers are introduced to the topics of diversity and inclusion, and to approaches on how these can be addressed in the classroom, including through the use of individual educational planning (IEP) (through reflection on one’s own background, discussion and group work).

2. Practical training: In the second semester, while student teachers are doing their six-week teaching practice, they have to identify a student who is having some difficulty in coping with learning and implement an IEP for that student’s inclusion in education process.

Areas: 2. Teachers; 3. Support to learners

Subareas: 2.1. Teacher skills and competences; 2.2. Teachers and their relationships with pupils and parents; 2.3. Initial Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development of teachers; 3.8. Targeted support - Language; 3.9. Refugees, Migrants and Roma

Language: BG; CZ; DA; DE; EL; EN; ES; ET; FI; FR; HR; HU; IT; LT; LV; MT; NL; PL; PT; RO; SK; SL; SV

Country: Malta

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