Teachers are presented with the challenge of educating heterogeneous, multilingual students with high quality language and subject-specific education. Research group Multilingualism and Education studies the challenges of professionals in their teaching practice, their use of languages, and the different ways in which they foster inclusive education.

Lines of research within the research group



Working in multilingual contexts is a key issue in teachers’ education and professional development. We aim to prepare teachers to choose pedagogically and didactically-informed ways of working, which fit their students’ needs, learning goals, and school environment.

school class Rick de Graaff

“Language is a means of transport that takes you to the places you want to go. You see more when you enjoy the ride; you enjoy more when you are well prepared”

Rick de Graaff Professor of Multilingualism and Education


The research group works together with various regional, national, and international parties to strengthen a communicative, intercultural and content-oriented approach to foreign language education. Among others teachers who received their education at the Hogeschool Utrecht and the Universiteit Utrecht, and different teaching schools in the region. As well as internationally with the University of Malmö, Sweden, and Innland University for Applied Sciences, Norway.

Our professors and researchers

Jantien Smit | professor | Multilingualism and Education

Jantien Smit

Professor Multilingualism and Education Show profile

Lyske van den Berg

Researcher Multilingualism and Education Show profile

Dorien Corver

Lecturer-researcher Multilingualism and Education Show profile

Suzanne Dekker

Lecturer-researcher Multilingualism and Education Show profile