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Language and Literacy in Migration Context

International School organized within the framework of Blended Intensive Programme (BIP)

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Photo: © Marco Agrò

The International School is organized within the framework of the Blended Intensive Programme (BIP) and ERASMUS+ at the Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic) in cooperation with the Universities of Bergen, Cyprus, Istanbul, Østfold, Porto, and Potsdam.


The BIP International School comprises both online and in-person phases. During the virtual segment (April 22-30, 2024), students will be invited to participate in online conferences on the school’s themes. These include sessions on the significance of ‘pleasure reading’ in promoting language acquisition and literacy among adult migrants (led by M. Young-Scholten), as well as on issues related to language teaching and literacy (led by F. Minuz).

The in-person segment will take place at the Masaryk University in Brno (June 3-7, 2024). It consists of (i) lectures given by teachers from the participating universities, e.g. on the notion of literacy, additional language acquisition, and family language policies, (ii) workshops led by expert trainers focusing, for instance, on autobiographical narration of multilingual experiences, and (iii) peer-to-peer activities, in which students will engage in discussions concerning case studies and issues directly related to the topics covered and/or their research. The main language of the school and the online lectures is English.


A maximum of 10 advanced Master's students, or, if places are available, doctoral students in Linguistics or related disciplines enrolled at the University of Potsdam, may participate. Students will receive 3 or 5 credit points upon completion, in accordance with the curricula of their home universities. The recognition of credit points will follow the same procedure as in an Erasmus program. Priority will be given to applications from Master's students.


Travel and accommodation costs in Brno will be covered by the ERASMUS+ program of the University of Potsdam. More information will be provided after notification of acceptance (see below).


Main organization:

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic; Contact person: Prof. Dr. Egle Mocciaro, egle.mocciaromail.municz

Organizing team at the University of Potsdam: ·

Dr. Marta Lupica Spagnolo (for information please contact: lupicauni-potsdamde

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schroeder


Deadline for application: 12 April 2024.

Please complete the form below to apply. Applications will be evaluated based on the student’s semester of enrollment and personal motivation. Acceptance notifications will be communicated by April 19, 2024.

Virtual phase: 22-30 April 2024 (3 online meetings).

  • 24.04., 17.00-18:30 - Martha Young-Scholten (Newcastle and Seattle): Pleasure reading for adult immigrants with limited literacy and how to produce your own
  • 25.04., 17:00-18:30 - Martha Young-Scholten (Newcastle and Seattle): Pleasure reading for adult immigrants with limited literacy and how to produce your own
  • 26.04., 15:00-16:30 - Fernanda Minuz: Multilingualism and literacy in relation to the CEFR and in the field of language teaching planning

In-presence phase: 3-7 June 2024 at Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic)

A more detailed description of the BIP International School and a preliminary program can be found here (PDF 136 KB).