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Plusvalor: Plurilingualism strengthening valorisation of roots

Zuletzt aktualisiert: 28 Nov 2008


Starting date of the project: 1st December 2008

Ending date of the project: 30th November 2010



We derived the idea of the project from two experiences conducted in the Municipalitiy of Milan "Laboratorio Interculture" and "Apriti Sesamo" aiming  at the valorisation of language and culture of origin and involving about 500 Arab-speaking children and 100 parents. During the monitoring of the profjects, it appeared necessary going deeper, through a research action, into issues concerning the relationship between Language 1 and Language 2 under the perspective of plurilingualism. In restating the importance of valorising L1 as a way of reinforcing cultural identity, we intend to enlarge the discourse to plurilingualism, fundamental objective of Europe of 25 in order to foster dialogue among cultures and enhance mobility. Teachers' training on plurilingualism is crucially important, considering thet outdated pedagogical settings, which hold plurilingualism responsible of poor learning in L2, are still common among them. To bolster this objective, we predispose trainings for teachers focused on the issue of the relationship between L1 and L2 inside migratory contexts, the construction of innovative instruments and the testing ground of didactic paths with reference of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. A further point of attention is the support of parents' role:  as a matter of facts, the learning of L2 among adults is a necessary condition, but not sufficient in itself, to guarantee a suitable integration level for the families.

Today still a minority of migrants posses a certain knowledge of Europe and of the hosting country, while parents' awareness of the existing traning and studying oppurtunities, school organization, social service, healthcare, oppurtunities offered by the new system Europe is a guarantee of equal oppurtunities for new generations. To achieve these objectives we will accomplish experimental paths of civic education and orientation along with the production and experimentation of plurilingual/1st language valorisations tools.

Main aims:

•spread the aim of plurilingualism into primary and secondary school in partner countries;
•to develop innovative methodologies for valorisation of the language of origin in migratory context, in constant reference to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
•spread the use of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to all the partner countries;
•develop a model of citizenship education for adults in migratory situations and in the new European contexts (Romania, Hungary) in order to foster the migrated families’ social inclusion, supporting parents’ role in the new contexts of migration.

Target groups:

•primary and secondary schools students and adults in Romania, Hungary and Italy who will participate to Italian, Arabic and intercultural education courses;
•primary and secondary teachers in Romania, Hungary and Italy who will attend teacher training courses;
•European citizens by means of the awareness-raising activities on intercultural issues and European integration.

Main results:

•Research and booklets on plurilingualism, the valorization of first language and the relationship between the first and second language;
•Training courses for teachers;
•Language and citizenship courses for children and adults;
•Didactic materials for language teaching and intercultural education;
•Project website;
•International conference and other dissemination activities