The MMLT project

MMLT (Montessori Methodology in Language Training) is a project which is funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission (Key Activity 2: Languages) which aims to transfer to the language learning of adults over 20 the Montessori educational method which has been proved very efficient and successful with children until 16 years old and deals very effectively with the personalization of the education methods and the consideration of the blocks of the learners.

Language teachers often meet the same problems, above all with adults (or university students over 20), such as refusal to learn new languages and trainees’ early abandon of their training course, often due to the lack of time and the idea that in adult age, a language learning is much more difficult. This is mainly due to an obsolete approach to languages, often too standardised, without keeping in due consideration the adults’ psychological blocks and individual learning times.

The project will develop a manual for the transfer of the Montessori method to language learning for adults and university students. In this manual the Montessori method will be adapted in order to fit the needs of language learning. The manual will be available in all the partners' languages (Greek, Italian, English, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish). On the basis of this manual, the project will organise workshops and e-learning courses in order to train language teachers all over Europe to use the Montessori method when delivering their language courses. The training of the teachers will include the practical implementation of the method in language learners.

The project is expected to have a significant impact in many fields: it will produce a new innovative methodology for teaching foreign languages to adults, it will enrich trainers’ curriculum with a distinctive and modern updating , it will facilitate trainers’ exchange of good practices, using a common method and will enhance trainees’ motivation in reaching their goal (learning a foreign language) more successfully.

FaLang translation system by Faboba