Tema Morsmål – multilingual resources on the web

morsmål.no

The website morsmål.no is made especially for educators in kindergartens and schools, and for anyone who works for linguistic and cultural diversity in education. 

Free multilingual resources 

At morsmål.no, free multilingual resources are made available for use in kindergartens and schools. We collect and develop resources for multilingual work in kindergarten, and for mother-tongue instruction and multilingual instruction in school. Among other things, the site provides bilingual texts on academic topics, songs, stories, rhymes, as well as links to other relevant resources and sites. 

Our history 

In Report 23 to the Storting, Språk bygger broer (“Language builds bridges”), the Ministry of Education initiated a Nordic collaboration on digital educational resources in various languages. A Swedish page called Tema Modersmål had existed since 2001, and there was an interest in creating a Norwegian version. In 2009, the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training was asked to collaborate with a Swedish team to develop a similar Norwegian site. The Norwegian version was launched on 22 October 2009, and since 1 January 2011, NAFO has been responsible for maintaining the site. 

Our network 

Through NAFO’s work, morsmål.no receives constant input from the field of multiculturalism and multilingualism in education. NAFO collaborates with bilingual educators in schools and kindergartens in developing bilingual teaching plans and bilingual resources. This enables us to provide content that is relevant to educators as well as to anyone who works for linguistic and cultural diversity in education. We also wish to share multilingual resources that have been created and developed by others, and that can help inspire schools and kindergartens to do more multilingual and multicultural work. 

In White Paper 23, Språk bygger broer (Language builds bridges), the Ministry of Education and Research initiated a collaboration between the Nordic countries on digital learning resources in different languages. The Swedish website Tema modersmål (Topic – Mother Tongue Instruction) had existed since 2001 and Norway wished to make a Norwegian version of the site. In 2009, the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training were assigned the task of collaborating with Sweden to develop a similar Norwegian website. The Norwegian version was launched on 22 October 2009, and the National Centre for Multicultural Education (NAFO) took over responsibility for the site from 1 January 2011.

The work of Tema Morsmål

NAFO manages the work with Tema Morsmål, and administers and develops the content of the website in collaboration with different municipalities. Each language page on Tema Morsmål is run by a separate language editorial team that develops bilingual teaching plans and resources in collaboration with NAFO and their own network of bilingual teachers and staff in kindergartens. We also wish to share multilingual resources that are developed and produced by others, and that can inspire multicultural and multilingual work in kindergartens and schools.

Reference group

The website Tema Morsmål has a pertaining reference group. The reference group consists of representatives from the municipalities that Tema Morsmål collaborates with. As of today, the reference group consists of representatives from the municipalities Trondheim, Porsgrunn, Sandnes, Larvik, Bergen and Asker.

Competence-raising and networking

Tema Morsmål is part of the NAFO network. Yearly gatherings are organised for this target group, both locally in various counties, but also in Oslo at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, where NAFO is based. NAFO also offers competence-raising in the form of lectures, competence-raising courses, academic articles and other relevant information on their channels.