Most of the partners of this project have been previously involved in different European projects for more than 20 years. These are the last ones:
BILFAM, Let’s become a BILingual FAMily! 2010 to 2012 - 125 families in 5 European countries embarked on the adventure of learning a new language withthe dinocrocs Hocus and Lotus, based on the learning and teaching model "The DinoCrocs Narrative Format" created by Professor Traute Taeschner of the University Sapienza of Rome (Italy).
This research project, funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission, started on 1 December 2010 and finished in November 2012.
All participating families were provided with a tutor, a guide, the materials and activities to use together, as well as online tutoring through the project website: www.bilfam.eu
The research investigated how families responded to this new experience and how much children and parents learnt. The results were presented in a final event in each of the participating countries and disseminated in other European states.
Bilingualism 0-6 years old
The project aims to teach English with DinoCrocs to children from 3 months to 6 years old in several kindergartens and public nursery schools in Rome (Italy), to grow up bilingually.
The research is based on recent advances in neuroscience according to which if you learn a foreign language before age 3, it will be stored in the same brain structure than your mother tongue language. Parents collaborate at home by making children listen to the CD and watching cartoons together.
The project duration is 5 years (still ongoing), after which the skills acquired by the children involved in this research will be compared with those of the same age who have learned English with other methods and those who have gone to bilingual Nursery or schools .
DINOTOUR: The dinocrocs travel to the Balkans
The DinoCrocs travel to the Balkans was a European Research project proposed by Educational Programmes Consult, Ltd in Bulgaria and coordinated by Karolina Palchovska. It was carried out from 2007 to 2010.
In collaboration with Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), Fondazione Euro Ed in Romania and Hungary's participation, the project trained teachers of the schools involved to disseminate and adapt the DinoCrocs teaching model for these countries, and collect and analyze subsequent data.