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My Languages is an activity book for children to work on their language skills. It can be used anywhere and anyhow! It is up to the child.

My Languages, a Multilingual Portfolio

Enschede, Netherlands
Children can use this folder at school or at home to start learning a new language. At the same time, by using this activity book they wil become aware of their multilingual skills. The aim is to encourage spontaneous language learning and to make sure that children have fun during the process. By using “My Languages” children will be able to reflect on and follow their progress.
Introduction

My Languages, a multilingual folder

“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn”

Jasper Kok

What is the folder about?

When children have a copy of My Languages, they become in charge of their language learning process. The folder is a constantly changing document that portrays the child's language learning. 

Teachers can use this folder in many ways. The activity book can be used during lessons, but there is no fixed way of using it. It is up to the teacher to decide how to use it to promote language learning. Children who want to be challenged more or start learning a new language can also do all the activities. 

Suitable for ages 8 - 14 

Why we do it?

Too long teaching methods, strictly followed by the teacher have been the standard within foreign language education. It is time to change this a bit. The portfolio can travel with children for about 3 years. It becomes a beautiful decorated document that shows their progress. 

It is flexible in use and gives a child autonomy in his or her learning. It enables differentiation, children with any level can fill the pages!

The first couple of pages are designed specifically to be able to use the portfolio for immigrant children, who can start learning a new language upon arrival and at the same time can reflect on their current situation. 

German version!

Just recently the German version of the portfolio: "Meine Sprachen, ein mehrsprachiges Portfolio" has been published.

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Innovation Overview
8 - 14
Age Group
-
Children/Users
2
Countries
2018
Established
For-profit
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Be willing to change the way you teach a bit. Allow children to be more in charge of their own learning. You can use this portfolio as an extra resource, or build lessons around it. When needed, on the left page are short manuals to be found, with suggestions on how to make the page.
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