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Follow the final conference live online on our Youtube channel this Thursday (20.01.22) at 10-16CET.
Tune in for a content filled day on linguistically sensitive teaching in all classrooms.

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Sanna Pakarinen
What a lovely video, Nathalie!
Kristina Cunningham
Nathalie, the quotes and the videos are GOLD! Merci infiniment.
Prof. Nathalie AUGER : Thank you Kristina. It is so important to hear pupils and teachers/ parents/ inspectors 's voices
Sanna Pakarinen
Thank you, Nathalie, for your presentation. Now presenting Professor Piet van Avermaet from Ghent University.
Joanna Ceremuga
Thank you Prof Auger. The final slides of your presentation are a beautiful manifesto and guidance for teachers and educators these days (and of the future)
Hi all, and concgrats for the great project. FYI, that just yesterday the Finnish Language Board (which works in cooperation with The Institute for the Languages of Finland) published its action plan for 2022–2024. The theme of the three-year period is language awareness!
Says Katri! 🙂
Joanna Ceremuga
Fantastic, Katri!!!
Prof. Nathalie AUGER : you will find wonderful tools in the Listiac project to achieve these goals.
Thank you Katri! And for supporting us during all three years.
Prof. Nathalie AUGER : Beautiful Katri ! I hope all Ministries in Europe could do the same.
Emilee Moore
That's great Katri! Thanks for letting us know
Sanna Pakarinen
Thank you, Piet, for this thought-provoking presentation!
Sanna Pakarinen
Time to stand up!
Kristina Cunningham
Bedankt Piet - such important findings and great that the process moves forward in Belgium, slowly but steadily!
Karmen Pizorn
Thank you for providing some exercise in different languages. Nonverbal communication supports language acquisition - this has been researched a lot and shows that it really helps.
Piet Van Avermaet
Thanks Kristina. yes, we are making some progress, but as you say, it goes slow
Sanna Pakarinen
And now speaking Associate Professor Emilee Moore from Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Emilee Moore
I am keen to respond to any questions 🙂
Sanna Pakarinen
Thank you, Emilee, for your lovely presentation! We are looking forward to seeing the film soon.
Emilee Moore
We hope to have the final documentary soon... working with artists takes time...
Sanna Pakarinen
@Emilee: Have you any plans to work with these students in other projects after this video?
Emilee Moore
Some of the students continue to study with us, others will be teachers in schools we send placement students to. So the connections will continue. We do hope to bring them all together soon to continue to collaboratively construct the discourse of the final documentary
Sanna Pakarinen
@Emilee: Great to hear, good luck!
Júlia Llompart
We are lucky to have these diverse and great presentation!
Tjasa Draznik
Such insightful examples of how plurilingual practices have always been around. Thank you Durk!
Karmen Pizorn
Thank you, Durk for so much informative info on plurilingualism - linguistally sensitive teaching. Well done.
Karmen Pizorn
I agree that langauges should be present in public spaces. What do you do if this may not be allowed because of the national language protection law?? I believe that if the national languages is included then other langauges cannot "harm" it but there are still many who do not agree or actually strongly disagree.
Sanna Pakarinen
Thank you, Durk, for this great summary of the research field and for the lessons learned, really interesting!
Sanna Pakarinen
Now presenting Listiac Project Manager, Professor Siv Björklund from Åbo Akademi University. Feel free to ask questions or leave comments here in the chat!
Kristina Cunningham
Linguistic environment is a super interesting concept and as "Anonymous" says, it is a real shame that in some cases national or regional authorities expereince threats to forced majority languages and hence feel the need to intervene, even in the commercial and private spheres....
Thank you for a great presentation; here at Åbo Akademi University we have the same experiences; linguistic landscapes are really inspiring for student teachers.
Thanks for the comments. Our recent article on LL and language learning (open access) is here.
Sven Sierens
LL is in my opinion a very useful concept in educational practice. However, I've noticed a lot of sloppy research studies when this field began to emerge where researchers had walked around town taking photographs and then did some 'easy' semiotic analysis. It becomes more interesting when various actors are involved who discuss their different interpretations of what they see and read.
Sanna Pakarinen
Thank you, Siv! Have a great lunch break, everyone!
Sanna Pakarinen
Welcome back everyone. We will continue with the programme now, enjoy! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write them here in the chat.
Sanna Pakarinen
The first presentation of the afternoon is by Listiac Researcher Júlia Llompart from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Sanna Pakarinen
Thank you so much Júlia!
Emilee Moore
Thank you Júlia for your dedication and contribution to the project
Eman Mahmoud Ayesh El-Abwini . I've MA degree in the field of Linguistics from middle East University. I'm a certified international trainer
Júlia Llompart
It has been a great pleasure working with you all and having the chance to present today 🙂
Sanna Pakarinen
Listiac Researcher Sven Sierens (Ghent University) is now presenting the Listiac toolkit. Let us know if you have any questions.
Thank you Júlia! A perfect beginning to introduce our great Listiac research team
Kristina Cunningham
Super useful toolkit for ITE and continuous development of teachers. Do you have a plan for implementing it in teaching practice in the different partner countries - with direct links to the institutions responsible for teacher education?
Júlia Llompart
In Barcelona, we have added some of the tools in Initial Teacher Education. They were used during the action research process but teacher educators decided to add them as a part of their course in the future. So, for example, the observation protocol is used during the interships the student teachers do.
Thank you for your comment Kristina! We have used the beginner,intermediate and advanced reflections during our teaching practices at Åbo Akademi University. Student teachers have liked them a lot and the reflections have opened their eyes for LST.
Sanna Pakarinen
Many thanks, Sven, for presenting the toolkit! If you are interested in learning more, please click the 'Toolkit' tab at or visit
Sanna Pakarinen
Presenting now: Listiac Researcher Mari Bergroth from Åbo Akademi University.
Sanna Pakarinen
Thank you, Mari, for summarising the key findings and the recommendations for initial teacher education! Feel free to ask questions or write comments here in the chat.
Karmen Pizorn
Well done, Mari. Many issues still to answer but you have at least identified them. Congrats. Karmen
Mari Bergroth
Yes, the work needs to continue 🙂
Karmen Pizorn
Thank you for the songs.
Sanna Pakarinen
@Karmen: We are glad you liked them!
Andrew Graham
As a native English speaker, I particularly like that you picked a song that doesn't have a familiar English version. For me, we sung Frère Jacques in the original French. I don't know if this choice was intentional or not, but I liked this 🙂
Sanna Pakarinen
@Andrew Graham: Thank you for your comment! We are glad that you liked the version.
Sanna Pakarinen
Hopefully you enjoyed your coffee and tea break. The next speaker is Professor Emeritus Jim Cummins from the University of Toronto. Welcome!
Kristina Cunningham
Dear all, are the presentations being recorded?
Sanna Pakarinen
@Kristina: Yes, they are recorded. Hopefully we are able to upload the presentations on the Listiac YouTube channel later on.
Kristina Cunningham
Sorry, I know they ARE already recorded, what I meant was if they will be published on the web site for future reference....
Sanna Pakarinen
@Kristina: There will be a link also on the Listiac website.
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10.00-10.10: Welcome by Moderator Yvonne Backholm, Listiac Project Manager Siv Björklund and Dean Fritjof Sahlström, Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Åbo Akademi University 

10.10-10.30: Presentation of the Listiac Project by Project Manager Siv Björklund

10.30: Challenges and practices for teacher education: pupils’ home language and identity while learning the language of schooling by Professor Nathalie Auger (Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University, France) 

10.55: Language Sensitive Teaching in teacher education in a monolingual policy context by Professor Piet van Avermaet (Ghent University, Belgium)

11.15: Voices of linguistically diverse (future) teachers: The process of co-producing a documentary film by Associate Professor Emilee Moore (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain)

11.40: Linguistic Landscapes as a pedagogical tool for initial teacher education by Professor Durk Gorter (University of the Basque Country, Spain)

12.05: Whose multilingualism is it? Dominant language constellations as identifiers of languages in initial teacher education by Professor Siv Björklund (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)

Lunch break. Please, take a look at the Listiac videos on the project’s YouTube channel.

13.15: Linguistically sensitive teaching, participatory action research and change by Júlia Llompart (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

13.35: Listiac tool kit for reflection tasks by Sven Sierens (Ghent University)

14.05: Key findings and implications for teacher education by Mari Bergroth (Åbo Akademi University)

Break. Please, take a look at the Listiac videos on the project’s YouTube channel.

14.45: Normalizing Linguistically Sensitive Teaching: Reflections on the LISTIAC Project by Professor Emeritus Jim Cummins (University of Toronto, Canada)

15.05: EU Policy Context by Policy Officer Oana Felecan (European Commission)

Concluding remarks by Listiac Project Manager Siv Björklund (Åbo Akademi University) and Moderator Yvonne Backholm

Invited Speakers


Professor Nathalie Auger

Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France

Nathalie Auger is a full professor of linguistics and didactic at the University of Montpellier (France). She is a member of LHUMAIN research centre (Language learning, HUmanities, mediations, interactions). She works on teaching and learning languages at school and developing various research projects promoting plurilingual and intercultural education in France and in Europe. She is the author of a dozen of books on these topics and been active for example in Majority language in multilingual settings, Plurilingualism and pluriculturalism in content-based teaching. A training kit, Maledive (Majority language and diversity), and ROMtels.


Professor Piet van Avermaet

Universiteit Gent, Belgium

Piet Van Avermaet is a Professor in ‘Language and Diversity’ in the Linguistics Department of Ghent University, Belgium, where he teaches ‘multicultural studies’, ‘multilingualism in education, ‘language, diversity and globalisation’ and ‘language policy’. He is also Head of the Research Centre for Diversity & Learning (CDL) at the same University. He is series co-editor (with Kathleen Heugh and Christopher Stroud) of the book series ‘Multilingualisms and Diversities in Education’, Bloomsbury. His expertise and research interests cover topics related to multilingualism in education, social inequality and equity in education, language policy and practice in education, language policy and practice in contexts of (social) inclusion, language assessment, diversity and inclusion, integration and participation, discrimination in education.

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Professor Siv Björklund

Åbo Akademi, Finland

Siv Björklund is a Professor of Swedish immersion and multilingualism at the Åbo Akademi University and the Listiac Project Manager. Her research encompasses Swedish as a second language, bilingual and multilingual learning, content and language integrated learning, minority studies, the relation between multilingualism and identity in immersion programmes, pedagogical practices for language-diverse classes, and development of participatory writing among students with Swedish as a first or second language in different classroom settings.


Professor Emeritus Jim Cummins

University of Toronto, Canada

Jim Cummins is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on literacy development in educational contexts characterized by linguistic diversity. In numerous articles and books, he has explored the nature of language proficiency and its relationship to literacy development with particular emphasis on the intersections of societal power relations, teacher-student identity negotiation, and literacy attainment in multilingual classrooms.

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Professor Durk Gorter

Universidad del País Vasco, the Basque Country

Durk Gorter is an Ikerbasque research professor at the University of the Basque Country, Spain. He is the principal investigator of the Donostia Research group on Education And Multilingualism (DREAM). Among his recent publications are Pedagogical Translanguaging (2021, Cambridge U.P.; co-edited with Jasone Cenoz) and a special issue of System (2020) on Pedagogical translanguaging: navigating between languages at school and at the university. He carries out research on European minority languages, multilingual education, and linguistic landscapes. He has taught a course on comparing European minority languages in the Master in Multilingualism and Education. He was also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Language, Culture and Curriculum. The International Association of Multilingualism gave him the award of Distinguished Scholar of Multilingualism.


 Policy Officer Oana Felecan

European Commission

Oana Felecan is a Policy Officer in Erasmus+ Programme team for School education, Vocational education and training, and Adult learning sectors. She is the European coordinator of European Language Label and has been working in particular on the language learning within the Erasmus+ programme. Oana graduated from the University Paris IX Dauphine (France) and the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest (Romania).


Associate Professor Emilee Moore

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Catalonia

Emilee Moore is a Serra Húnter Associate Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She is interested in language practices in multilingual and multicultural educational contexts from a perspective that integrates linguistic ethnography, interactional sociolinguistics, ethnomethodology, creative inquiry, and sociocultural learning theories. She helps develop primary and secondary school teachers who are prepared to educate children and youth in contexts of linguistic diversity. She is also a member of the GREIP Research Centre at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and co-convened the AILA Research Network on Creative Inquiry in Applied Linguistics from 2018-2021.


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Yvonne Backholm-Nyberg

Experience Lab / Åbo Akademi University


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About the Conference and the Project

A warm welcome to the Closing Seminar of the Erasmus+ Project Listiac (Linguistically Sensitive Teaching in All Classrooms). The Listiac Project is co-funded by the European Union.

The Listiac Closing Seminar is free and will be live-streamed on the Listiac YouTube channel on Thursday 20 January 2022 at 10.00-16.00 CET. The live stream will comprise presentations of the Listiac Project (at 10.10-10.30) and other current research topics in relation to Linguistically Sensitive Teaching and initial teacher education in Europe by five of the local leaders within Listiac (at 10.30-12.30 CET). The Listiac Research Team will present the key finding and other outcomes of the project in the afternoon (at 13.15-14.30 CET). There will also be talks by two distinguished speakers, Professor Emeritus Jim Cummins (University of Toronto) and Policy Officer Oana Felecan (European Commission) commenting on the Listiac project. 

The programme of the Closing Seminar will be updated (latest update 18.1.2022). If you wish to read more about the Listiac Project, please visit

If you have any questions about the Listiac Project or the Closing Seminar, please contact the Project Coordinator at sanna.pakarinen [at], or the Project Manager at siv.bjorklund [at]

Project Partners

The Listiac Project develops and experiments a theoretically informed reflection tool aimed at making (future) teachers more linguistically sensitive in their beliefs, attitudes and actions.