Palingui network meeting (16-17 March 2022) – Sharing experiences and making connections
Children’s language learning pathways are becoming increasingly complex and diverse. On the 16th and 17th of March 2022, 32 participants from over 22 different educational contexts joined the PALINGUI online network meeting to discuss how language learning pathways can be made visible, especially through observation, documentation, and assessment / evaluation.
The meeting involved a wide range of contributions, both from the team and from participants. This created opportunities to exchange ideas, share practical experiences and examples and research projects, and also to highlight and discuss appropriate pedagogical approaches with a focus on observing, assessing and documenting young children's learning pathways in multilingual contexts.
The rich discussions and contributions resulted in a treasure trove of materials and ideas, and the PALINGUI team will be using these to work on the next stage of the project. The preliminarily findings from the network meeting show that the role of the educators in supporting children recognising language learning pathways is a crucial one, and that there needs to be an awareness of the different ways in which language learning takes place, and the importance of valuing all language learning, regardless of the (perceived) status of the language. Respecting the entire language repertoire of each child is a major concern.
The PALINGUI team is very much looking forward to continuing the discussions around making language learning pathways visible, both with the participants from the network meeting and with others who may be interested.
If you wish to learn more about this project and the outcomes of the network meeting, please contact the project coordinator Inge Birnie (Ingeborg.Birnie@strath.ac.uk) or through our Twitter feed @PALINGUI. You can also continue to check on how the project is developing through our webpage https://www.ecml.at/palingui.
Author : Ingeborg Birnie
Great Bake-Off recipe book – now available
Over 570 cake recipes were submitted by individuals and schools from all over Europe for the ‘Great Bake-off’ initiative’, organised from July – September 2021 for the 20th European Day of Languages.
To help share some of these mouth-watering delights, a recipe book based on these has been produced and is now available for download. It proved quite a challenging task to narrow the cake recipes submitted down to just 20 and some of the panel of expert culinary judges gained several kilos in the process! To ensure there is a linguistic challenge involved, the recipes are still in the original language in which they were submitted – so when testing them out you may also discover the taste for a new language!
Bon appétit! Buen provecho! Guten Appetit! Jó étvágyat! Head isu!...
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Young children’s language learning pathways (PALINGUI): network meeting to refine key principles and to share good practice (16-17 March 2022)
Children live in an increasingly diverse and multi-cultural world. This means that language learning pathways have become as individual and unique as the young learners themselves. These language learning pathways are marked by both big and small learning steps and developments, and reflect the age, (developmental) stage and interests of each child, as well as their existing linguistic repertoire.
The PALINGUI project aims to create the tools to support teachers and educators to be able to reflect on the language learning pathways of young learners (age 3 to 12) and allow them to make this progress visible, not only for use within an educational environment, but also for the children and their parents. By providing methods and examples of inspiring practice, the project also aims to guide teachers in choosing appropriate teaching strategies to support children in the classroom and involve them in the process of making their own language learning visible.
The PALINGUI team has been working to identify the key principles that support teachers and educators in being able to identify, understand, support, and show the language learning in children through observation, assessment, and documentation. This project is now entering into its next phase, starting with a network meeting in March 2022, which will involve a dialogue with a range of different professionals, to discuss and refine the key ideas and principles and allow for the sharing of good practice from a range of different educational contexts.
If you are interested in this project, and want to share your ideas or experiences, feel free to get in touch with Inge Birnie (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also follow the progress of the project through our Twitter account @Palingui and on the website “Young children’s language learning pathways – Making early language learning visible”.
Author: Dr Inge Birnie