The European reality is dual and multilingualism

05. april 2016Olga Pushkina

Multilingualism is one of the phenomena of the modern world, prompted by economic and cultural globalization. According to recent research there are more multilingual than monolingual people in the world. The situation when individuals are using one language at home, another one at work and yet another one while socialising with their friends is becoming a norm rather than an exception.

The European continent, with its fluid national borders in the past and growing economic and cultural integration in the present, is one of the places where duo and multilingual teaching systems are no longer a dream, but a reality and a strong necessity.Many European countries have more than one official language with Serbia being an absolute leader of the continent in this respect, recognising seven official languages; Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland following closely behind. Luxembourg has a unique educational system using three languages as the main instruction languages during the span of twelve years of schooling. However, even those European countries that only recognise one official language often have minorities that are either allowed to learn exclusively in their mother tongue or in both the official language and their native language. For example, there are plenty of Hungarian schools in Romania and parents can choose whether they want their children to be schooled exclusively in Hungarian or bilingually.

Luckily enough, the modern education system gives even those children who were not exposed to a bilingual environment from the cradle an opportunity to become fluent in a foreign language. Languages are seen as one of the most important disciplines in many European schools and are taught from the first grade. Students in many countries also have an opportunity to learn a second foreign language at no additional cost.

Despite this continuous and truly impressive progress of expansion of the bilingual population in Europe, teaching languages remains a very challenging task. Although language teaching techniques have definitely advanced a lot in the last two decades, it seems that no one has yet found a golden technique that would help make every single student fluent in a foreign language. Some argue that no such technique can be developed when it comes to language learning. Instead, the main task of the teacher is to get off the beaten path and show students all the opportunities that speaking a foreign language offers.mozaBook is a powerful educational tool whether it is used for bilingual classrooms or to support the study of a foreign language. mozaBook is translated into 20 languages and the MULTILANG mozaBook license allows for the interchangeable usage of these languages. It is possible to switch the operational language at any point while running the software. mozaBook also contains educational tools that were specifically designed to help students learn foreign languages. For example, our Word finder and Lan(g)game tools are a fun way for students to learn new words, while our Spelling tool is a bottomless resource of spelling exercises to use in class. If these are still not enough, our 3D models can run in two languages simultaneously and become the center of attention in a bilingual classroom. 

If you would like to incorporate fun and interactive language tools into your language classes or at your international school, you can learn more about MULTILANG mozaBook in our webshop.

 

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