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Planting languages - Seeds of Success

Planting Languages - Seeds of Success is a 2-year international project that started in October 2019 and is co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. In the project APPLA, in cooperation with organisations from Belgium, the Netherlands, Cyprus and France, will work to facilitate sustainable development of Family Language Policies to ensure optimal language development and wellbeing of children in multilingual families from the start.

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During the project, parents and their communities will gain insight into the discussion on early multilingual education and practitioners will be involved in reflection groups on a range of materials prepared within the project - this will include accessible tools that will enable parents to both develop and follow their own multilingual strategies, as well as communicate them to the outside world.

The organisations involved in the project include:
  • Foyer vzw from Brussels, Belgium
  • Multilingual Café from Erquinghem-Lys, France
  • Stichting Onderwijsadvies from Zoetermeer, Netherlands
  • UCLan Cyprus University from Pyla, Cyprus
  • APPLA, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

  • October 2019: preparation of theoretical framework based on research on bilingualism and experience in working with multilingual families;
  • October - December 2019: interviews, audio and video recording of materials - gathering information on language strategies and experiences among multilingual families (in the case of APPLA the interviews were conducted both in the UK and in Poland);
  • January - May 2020: preparation of first drafts of materials, testing with families and professionals, gathering expert feedback;
  • May 2020 - September 2020: preparation of second drafts of materials, testing with families and professionals, gathering expert feedback; preparation of a series of worksheets for parents; recording audio and video materials with parents
  • October 2020 - January 2021: testing audio and video materials, running workshops and individual sessions with parents and professionals, developing series of reminders for parents and manual for professionals.
  • February - September 2021: planning and designing flyers, working on final version of all other materials, planning dissemination and multiplier events.

    1. January 2020
    2. June 2020
    3. October 2020
    4. March 2021


    Magdalena Białęcka
    Magdalena is an active member of numerous Polish organisations in Scotland, faunding member of Adam Mickiewicz Polish Cultural and Educational Association in Edinburgh and managing director of the Small Institute of Polish Langauge Poloniusz, involed in the promotion of Polish language and culture by organising and delivering classes in Polish as a heritage langauge and events for children, teenagers and adults.

    Monika Kostka
    Monika is a lecturer of Polish language based in Ireland, co-founder and CEO of the Polish-Irish Educational Association, founder and for many years principal of a Polish complementary school, teacher of Polish as a foreign and heritage language in secondary schools and lecturer at University College Dublin. Graduate of the School of Polish Language and Culture of The University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland).

    Agata Krzyształowska
    Agata is a graduate of Spanish Philology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland) and holder of postgraduate certificate in Applied Lingustics (Teaching Spanish as a Second Language) from Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid. She has worked as an editor of teaching materials for language learners and as a coordinator, consultant and lecturer at Universidad de Alcalá, Universidad de Murcia and Universidad Antonio de Nebrija. She has also been involved in delivering classes in Polish as a heritage langauge to childen of Polish origin and running workshops for multilingual families and teachers.

    dr Aneta Nott-Bower
    Aneta holds a PhD degree in linguistics (University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland) and is a certified speech and language therapist (The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Warsaw, Poland), she is a mother of two bilingual chidren and for the last seven years has been supporting multilingual children, parents, teachers and speech therapist through online workshops, publications, consultations and courses. She is also the editor-in-chief of the Bilingual House website.

    dr Katarzyna Przybycień

    Erasmus+ Project No: 2019-1-BE02-KA204-060211








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