Helping to improve the Dutch skills of pupils who have a different mother tongue, training multilingual students and supporting teams of teachers. Language and multilingualism is one of the most important topics on which the Onderwijscentrum Brussel (Brussels Education Centre, or OCB) of the VGC is working.
OCB supports teams of teachers
Pupils in CLIL education are taught subjects other than languages in a different language. The Brussels Education Centre (Onderwijscentrum Brussel, or OCB) brings those teachers together to exchange experiences and expertise. In the French language lab, teachers exchange good practices regarding teaching French in Dutch-speaking primary schools. And the new website “Brussel Vol Taal” (www.brusselvoltaal.be) inspires school teams to apply multilingualism in their daily classroom practice.
Brussels Summer School becomes Talen-t-Boost
At the large Comenius Campus in Koekelberg, 110 children can now practice their Dutch. It welcomes both newcomers with a different mother tongue, and pupils who speak a different language at home and have difficulties with the Dutch language at school. Talen-t-boost is not only a summer school, but also runs during the school year. In language workshops, children explore various areas of interest, such as technology, sport, media and music in a fun way. Depending on their talents, children are motivated to participate regularly in the recreational programmes, so they use their Dutch in an active manner.
How to communicate with parents?
Brussels schools can find literature and (teaching) material on multilingualism in the OCB’s educational library. And teachers can find everything they need to know for a strong communication and good collaboration with parents on the new website communicerenmetouders.brussels.
The first bilingual teacher training students graduate
The first students graduated from the bilingual teacher training at the Erasmus Brussels University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Erasmushogeschool Brussel) and the Haute Ecole Francisco Ferrer. The students were taught in both Dutch and French.
University college students receive language support
Students from the first degree and teacher training at Odisee and the Erasmus Brussels University of Applied Sciences and Arts received personal support in Dutch, French and English. Teachers can have their teaching material screened and attend workshops to help them teach powerful language classes. Guaranteed success for multilingual students who are ready for the Brussels educational context.