Supporting the international bilingual community
CEC is dedicated to being a bridge between the various stakeholders involved in raising bilingual/multilingual children. On the one hand we have many dedicated academics doing vital and informative research that can inform the practices of schools and parents. On the other side we have those same schools and parents, who are at the forefront of supporting the development of bilingual learners, but may not have the time or expertise to be a consumer of that research knowledge.
As an academic and a practitioner, I can keep one foot in each of those worlds, and make sense of the research in ways that schools and parents can apply. To do this, I remain an active member of several research organisations (Linguistics and Language Knowledge in the Curriculum, Language Learning and Teaching and Languages in Africa) and maintain working relationships and partnerships with researchers doing work in key areas relating to EAL, Mother Tongue Education, teacher training and language pedagogy (notably translanguaging). I also stay involved with practice-based organisations (NALDIC and IATEFL) to ensure that I keep up to date with the on-the-ground side of teaching and learning languages.
What we do:
Visit our other pages for more information about individual or group services, or visit the blog for more information about bilingualism. We also have a number of recommended resources you may like to look at.
If you are a school with high numbers of language learners:
CEC offers a wide range of training seminars and workshops for teachers and staff, from one-off sessions, to whole-school training. CEC offers consultation services independently or in addition to the training sessions, to help you tailor your language programs to best meet the needs of all learners and staff, and maximize your resource potential.
CEC also offers in-school seminars for parents, in the “Parents as Language Partners” program, designed to inform parents of their critical role in supporting their children to successful bilingualism through school.
If you are a bilingual family :
Our most popular seminar is “Raising Bilingual Children: Six building blocks for success”. This seminar is offered through a variety of community organisations as well as in-company for large multinationals. CEC also offers private Family Language Planning consultations.
If you are a company with multinational and expat employees:
CEC offers in-company seminars for bilingual families as well as “Language Surgery” days and school placement advising.