About MELT

About MELT

What is MELT?

The Multilingual Early Language Transmission (MELT) project is a partnership between four language communities – Breton in Brittany, the Frisian language in Friesland, the Swedish language community in Finland, and the Welsh language in Wales. The project is funded by the European Commission, and was running between November 2009 and October 2011.

It is widely accepted that the early years is an advantageous time to acquire language skills. The promotion of regional, minority and less widely used languages from an early age is crucial for their long term future, particularly in an age of ever increasing globalisation.

Individuals who work in pre-school settings need the correct skills and expertise to introduce language to young children. The level of understanding and awareness of language immersion methodology varies amongst organisations and practitioners working to introduce these less widely used languages with children from 6 months to 4 years old.

The MELT project aimed to address this issue.

Project Info

The MELT project:

  • identified best practice in language acquisition and immersion methodology
  • increased the skills of early years practitioners
  • provided young children with a strong educational foundation
  • provided information to parents on bilingualism
  • strengthened language communities and promote cultural and linguistic diversity

The MELT project:

  • summarized the early years provision in the four language communities
  • provided information to parents on the benefits of pre-school education
  • developed a practical guide for early years practitioners
  • employed a person to work with practitioners and children in the four language communities
  • held a final conference in Brussels in October 2011

The partners will be found on the left side of the page. 




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