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Partners of the COMBI project

COMBI “Communication competences for migrants and disadvantaged background learners in bilingual work environments”

The goals of COMBI project are to develop innovative and inclusive/systemic practices and methods focused on acquiring communication competences in the languages required in the workplace. It takes into consideration the multilingual reality of European regions. The aim of the method is not to acquire full competences in two or more languages, but to make sure that the regional language is taken into consideration as far as it fulfils language requirements in the workplace.

COMBI Multiplier Event: June 12 2018, Palermo, Sicily (Italy)

To disseminate COMBI's goals, activities and products, the partners organize four Multiplier Events, to which COMBI's stakeholders will be invited.

The first Multiplier Event took place in June 2017, in Donostia / San Sebastian, Spain. During this event, the work done by COMBI and good practices from all over Europe (with a certain focus on the Basque Country, due to the location of the meeting) were shared.

The second Multiplier Event will take place on 12 June 2018, in Palermo, Italy. During a full-day conference, COMBI will present its work, and guest speakers will introduce themes related to minority languages and health care. 

If you are interested in participating the event, please send an email to Dario Ferrante of Danilo Dolci (, COMBI’s partner in Sicily. You can read more information about the COMBI project on

More information on the last two Multiplier Events will be posted in due time.

Report on migrants and the role of the minority language in healthcare

In many minority language contexts governments have the double task of regulating their minority language policies as well as mapping cohesion strategies in response to the increased multicultural reality of their societies. The COMBI project focuses on the healthcare sector and investigates the extent to which migrants are able to access language learning resources in the minority as well as the national language of the host communities.

You can read COMBI's first report here: 'A report on migrants and the role of the minority language in healthcare: a theoretical and practical analysis.'

Research theme
Multilingualism and Language learning

Coordinating partner

Mercator European Research Centre


Jorrit Huizinga, Cor van der Meer


DG Education and Culture – Erasmus+ Programme, KA2 Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education

Collaboration with 
Elhuyar-Zubize (Spain), Banaiz Bagara elkartea (Spain), Axxell Utbildning AB (Finland), Swansea University (United Kingdom), Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo “Danilo Dolci” (Italy)



Project activities

The output of the COMBI project will consist of:

  • A Needs Analysis, already available for download on the COMBI website, composed of two parts: 
    • A review of the available literature on the use of minority languages in the health care sector,
    • Results from a survey held by COMBI among 216 participants across the 5 regions of the COMBI partners. The survey aims to uncover what language skills migrants need, and to fill in information gaps left after the review of the literature.
  • A Teacher Trainer Toolkit, based on the results of the Needs Analysis. In February and March the Toolkit was piloted with teachers from the regions of the COMBI partners. Once finished, the Toolkit will be freely available at
  • A set of seven Modules that offers concrete courses based on the Teacher Trainer Toolkit.
  • Guidelines and Good Practices: a roadmap on Best Practices in the field of multilingual workplaces 

Once an Intellectual Output is finished, it is showcased on one of the COMBI Multiplyer Events.

COMBI online

COMBI has its own website on In addition COMBI is active on social media:

Six times during the project, the COMBI will publish a newsletter with updates about its activities and products. You can register for this newsletter on the COMBI website. The newsletter can also be downloaded here: