Manchester Metropolitan University(MMU) is launching an exciting Erasmus+ funded project on 1 November 2018, which will develop a range of game-based learning resources, underpinned by CLIL pedagogical principles, to support and enhance the teaching and learning of an area of mathematics through a second language. This project will use two innovative pedagogies, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and game-based learning (GBL). CLIL is a pedagogical approach that has been widely implemented across many parts of Europe, South America and Asia and involves the teaching of subject content through the medium of a second language that is not the main language of instruction.
The main objectives of this transnational project are to use game-based learning as a vehicle and context to create learners who are more mathematically and linguistically literate. For students from migrant backgrounds who do not speak the language of schooling, the game-based resources provide opportunities to consolidate and develop a greater knowledge and understanding of both mathematical concepts and numeracy skills whilst enabling exposure to and practice using the language of schooling for a purpose. This is particularly relevant within the EU given the growing number of learners for whom the language of instruction is not their native/mother tongue. (European Commission, Education and Training Monitor, 2016). This presents challenges for both teachers, and learners when engaging with and accessing subject content. For learners for whom the language of instruction is not their first or main language, this can present challenges and barriers to their progress. This requires teachers to reconsider and adapt their teaching strategies to ensure the needs of these learners are fully addressed, thereby promoting inclusion and inclusive practices. MMU will be looking for secondary schools, teachers and students working with refugee and/or migrant students to collaborate with them, to trial and evaluate the resources and participate in training and workshop events. More information about this will follow in due course. In the meantime, follow the latest project developments on twitter @Fractio1.