Teachers in the bilingual classroom

Teachers face many challenges in their typical classroom on an average day yet acknowledging that approximately 20-50% of their students may be bilingual is important to know. Addressing bilingual children's and their parents' needs is imperative. Enrichment of both languages is recommended and can be done in a way that can expose the rest of the students to the language and culture of others.


Bilingualism Matters @ BIU.IL offers interested teachers and principals workshops in schools which provide background about addressing bilingualism and biculturalism.  


Bilingualism Matters @ BIU.IL memebers are happy to meet up in schools in order to work out policies and and relate to pressing questions which may be relevant to a specific school.

Bilingualism Matters @ BIU.IL's research has been funded by the Ministry of Education in Israel.



Teachers' training in "Kulna Yahad", Tel Aviv-Yaffo ended in June. Carmit Altman, Elinor Saiegh-Haddad and Sharon Armon-Lotem offer training for teachers on bilingualism at school and beyond, developing reading and narrative skills in two languages.

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Frequently Asked Questions

From COST Action IS0804

שאלות ותשובות נפוצות (באנגלית ושפות נוספות)

For Teachers

Branch Aims:


  • Raise public awareness about multilingualism and multiculturalism in societal and educational contexts by providing information and advice for parents, educators, health providers and policymakers.

  • Encourage development of tools for parents to maintain the home language and to raise the awareness of teachers and clinicians about the need to include the home language in assessment procedures and intervention plans.

  • Influence state policy about multilingualism by promoting bilingualism in the education system, by encouraging employment of multilingual staff and interpreters in the health system and by developing and making available multilingual communal services.

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Prof. Sharon Armon-Lotem
Branch Director
Dr. Carmit Altman
Deputy Director
Carmit Altman’s research deals with language development in preschool bilingual children with and without impairment. She works on assessment tools for screening children’s early language development, including assessment of narrative abilities and their relation to sociolinguistic identity. Her research is currently funded by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF 863/14) and the Israel Ministry of Education. Her publications have appeared in Applied Psycholinguistics, Journal of Mu
Mrs. Hadar Oz-Abutbul
Dissemination Coordinator
Hadar Oz-Abutbul is a Speech and Language Therapist, clinic manager, a PhD student, and a research assistant at Bar Ilan University. Her main interests focus on differentiating bilingual children with and without DLD, DLD diagnosis and treatment. She is the initiator and promoter of Theoretical and Practical workshops for SLP's, educational and health care staff dealing with linguistic profile, and diagnosis and treatment of bilingual children.
Prof. Elinor Saiegh-Haddad
Dr. Michal Ben Shachar
Prof. Joel Walters
Dr. Natalia Meir
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