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Alphabets of Europe

Project overview

The AlphaEU project focuses on the European Commission’s priority of “Promoting early language education.” It aims to promote the acquisition of multilingual awareness and language skills of pre-schoolers in various European countries, by developing, piloting, and implementing digital alphabet books and alphabet-related games and interactive activities. Targeted alphabets/languages include: English, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian. Bringing very young children into contact with foreign languages may result in faster language learning, improved mother tongue skills, and better performance in other areas.

Studies have shown that phonemic awareness is closely associated with reading ability in the early and later years of schooling, while letter-sound correlation is proved to play an important role in learning how to read and write a language. Alphabet books are also bound to enrich children’s vocabulary in a language and offer multifaceted opportunities for creative learning.

Innovation

The innovative aspect of AlphaEU is that active and creative language learning is channeled through digital media that encourage children to approach European languages and alphabets in a comparative manner, identifying differences and similarities and beginning to formulate general ideas about how languages work. An AlphaEU guide introduces kindergarten teachers, parents, and caregivers to the project’s approach and material. E-learning modules will inform and train adult mediators in utilizing digital alphabet books and activities. The project encourages involvement of family members in supporting language learning, thus enabling an effective integration between school and community. The digital alphabet books and activities will be implemented with pre-school children in all participating countries and case studies will be publicized on the project website. The AlphaEU project is expected to have a positive impact on pre-primary language education across the EU.

Objectives

The AlphaEU project objectives are:

  1. To contribute to the development and implementation of ELL practices in a more systematic and organised way
  2. To make pedagogical ELL materials more widely available to parents and teachers
  3. To enhance equity in children’s access to ELL education
  4. To support pluralism in terms of the number of languages offered for ELL
  5. To contribute to an improved communication and collaboration between families and the school in pre-primary ELL
  6. To inform and train pre-primary staff and parents regarding the value and pedagogy of ELL.

Partners

P1 (CY) CARDET  www.cardet.org
P2 (IT) The Language Center S.R.L. www.wellanguage.com
P3 (IE) Meath Partnership www.meathpartnership.ie
P4 (PT) Castelo Branco Polytechnic Institute www.ipcb.pt
P5  (CY) INNOVADE LI LTD www.innovade.eu
P6 (AT) ICEM www.icem.net
P7 (RO) University of Pitesti  www.upit.ro

Contact Information

CARDET, Metochiou 66, Engomi 2407, Nicosia, Cyprus

info@cardet.org

Disclaimer

his project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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