Planting Languages – Seeds of Success

Planting Languages – Seeds of Success was a 2-year international project that started in October 2019 and was co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. In the project APPLA, in cooperation with organisations from Belgium, the Netherlands, Cyprus and France, worked to facilitate sustainable development of Family Language Policies to ensure optimal language development and wellbeing of children in multilingual families from the start.

During the project, parents and their communities gained insight into the discussion on early multilingual education and practitioners were involved in reflection groups on a range of materials prepared within the project, including accessible tools that enable parents to both develop and follow their own multilingual strategies, as well as communicate them to the outside world.

The organisations involved in the project:
Foyer vzw from Brussels, Belgium
Multilingual Café from Erquinghem-Lys, France
Stichting Onderwijsadvies from Zoetermeer, Netherlands
UCLan Cyprus University from Pyla, Cyprus
APPLA, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Full project information and all materials are available at:


Magdalena Białęcka
Magdalena is an active member of numerous Polish organisations in Scotland, funding member of Adam Mickiewicz Polish Cultural and Educational Association in Edinburgh and managing director of the Small Institute of Polish Language Poloniusz, involved in the promotion of Polish language and culture by organising and delivering classes in Polish as a heritage language and events for children, teenagers and adults.

Monika Kostka
Monika is a lecturer of Polish language based in Ireland, co-founder and CEO of the Polish-Irish Educational Association, founder and for many years principal of a Polish complementary school, teacher of Polish as a foreign and heritage language in secondary schools and lecturer at University College Dublin. Graduate of the School of Polish Language and Culture of The University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland).

Agata Krzyształowska
Agata is a graduate of Spanish Philology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland) and holder of postgraduate certificate in Applied Linguistics (Teaching Spanish as a Second Language) from Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid. She has worked as an editor of teaching materials for language learners and as a coordinator, consultant and lecturer at Universidad de Alcalá, Universidad de Murcia and Universidad Antonio de Nebrija. She has also been involved in delivering classes in Polish as a heritage language to children of Polish origin and running workshops for multilingual families and teachers.

dr Aneta Nott-Bower
Aneta holds a PhD degree in linguistics (University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland) and is a certified speech and language therapist (The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Warsaw, Poland), she is a mother of two bilingual children and for the last seven years has been supporting multilingual children, parents, teachers and speech therapist through online workshops, publications, consultations and courses. She is also the editor-in-chief of the Bilingual House website.

dr Katarzyna Przybycień
Kat is the Bilingualism Matters Research and Outreach Coordinator. With experience in science communication, community work and a PhD on best practices in knowledge exchange, she is responsible for liaisons and finding links and opportunities between disciplines and people. Kat is raising a multilingual family including Polish, Spanish, German, English and Gaelic.

Erasmus+ Project No: 2019-1-BE02-KA204-060211