The training structure of MultiMind has been designed to address multilingualism from a multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial perspective and to provide academic and non-academic training. Key aspects of the academic training comprise 4 training schools that will provide a background in the key relevant disciplines for multilingualism (linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, education, and speech & language pathology) and whilst specializing in one or two of them, it will provide a training platform for cross-fertilisation between these disciplines. During these four training events, ESRs will receive hands-on experience in cutting-edge methodologies, as well as training in transferable skills. In the 2nd and 3rd year, ESRs will attend conferences to present their research. A key part of MultiMind is the involvement of the non-academic sector in the ESR training. The consortium includes non-academic beneficiaries from health (MEDEA) and education (CPIA1) along with partners that will provide non-academic secondments and will enable ESRs to develop professional skills across a range of sectors. Moreover, Bilingualism Matters, a research and information centre and 5 of its 16 branches are partners and will provide ESRs with training in dissemination and communication activities and engagement with non-academic stakeholders and the general public.
Multidisciplinary training school on multilingualism; visit school for refugee children (May 2019): This two week-long summer school will provide ESRs with multidisciplinary courses on multilingualism and training in research methods. The programme will include courses on: 1) linguistic theories of multilingualism, 2) child bi-/multilingualism, 3) heritage language development, 4) cognitive aspects of multilingualism, 5) neuroscience of language in multilinguals, 6) teaching methods in children with a refugee background. In the afternoon, ESRs will attend workshops for in depth training in research methods that are necessary for all ESRs (statistics using R, programming using Python, transcribing using CLAN). The training school will take place in Lesvos (Greece). Visits to schools for refugee children will be organised to enable volunteering opportunities to ESRs.
Training school on multilingualism, speech & language pathology & education; transferable skills; hospital visits (September 2019): This week-long event will provide advanced courses on speech & language pathology and education. The programme will include courses on: 1) assessment of multilingual children with language impairment, 2) remediation of multilingual children with language impairment, 4) literacy development in multilingual children, 5) language interventions for multilingual children in school. In the afternoon, ESRs will attend workshops on transferable skills, e.g., project management, ethics, proposal writing, research integrity, dissemination and communication to non-academic audiences, as well as media training, writing policy reports, effective blogs, press releases, creating video clips and using social media to promote research outcomes. The training school will take place in Como (near Milan). During the week there will be visits to MEDEA to observe speech & language therapy with multilingual children.
Training school on multilingualism and neuroscience (Autumn 2019): This week-long event will be organised at the Centre of Integrative Neuroscience & Neurodynamics at the University of Reading for ESRs who want to get hands-on experience in neuroscience research. It will include courses on using ERP, fMRI, and TMS methods for research on multilingualism. In the afternoon, ESRs will receive training on analysing ERP and/or fMRI data. This training school will take place in Reading.
Training school on cognitive and social aspects of multilingualism; transferable skills; workshop on non-academic employment (Summer 2020): This week-long long event will provide advanced courses on cognition and social psychology as they relate to multilingualism. It will include courses on: 1) executive functions in multilinguals, 2) language and creativity, 3) language and identity, 4) language and decision making. In the afternoon, ESRs will attend workshops on transferable skills, e.g., scientific writing, how to revise a paper and answer to reviewers, how to give a talk, team skills, multicultural awareness, gender issues, how to write a CV, how to interview well, employment opportunities outside the academia. A half-day workshop will be organised on employment opportunities outside the academia. Staff from beneficiaries and partner organisations outside the academia will be invited to discuss their experiences in working within industry, health, and education sectors. The training school will take place in Poland.
Training within the non-academic sector
A unique aspect of training within the MultiMind programme comprises intersectorial training through training in non-academic beneficiaries (MEDEA, CPIA1) and secondments in the non-academic sector within IT (XRCE), publishing (JB, Elsevier), and health (FON, FINCB, Kentalis). All ESR will take part in secondments - see project descriptions for each ESR project.