About CEC

CEC promotes a holistic approach to languages in schools, in which leadership, teaching staff, support staff, and parents work together to encourage academic, cognitive, linguistic, and socio-emotional growth through all a child’s languages. This approach focuses on building and sharing knowledge about bilingualism through education, and developing collaborative practices involving all members of a child’s “learning team”.

Eowyn Crisfield is a Canadian-educated specialist in bilingualism, bilingualism in education, and teacher-training. She holds a B.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language, and a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics, with specialisations in language learning and teaching, and bilingual education. Eowyn has over 20 years experience in the field of Applied Linguistics, and has a background that covers research, teaching and teacher-training, and supporting bilingual families. Her past institutional experience includes English-language teaching, language department coordination, curriculum development, lecturing in Initial Teacher Education programmes. She is currently also an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, lecturing on the Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching Multilingual Learners and the MA TESOL and is an active member of several research organisations.

Over the years she has developed a number of unique services, including Family Language Planning and a whole-school “Every teacher is a language teacher” professional development program for language support in schools. Eowyn continues to research in the field of bilingualism, with a special interest in promoting language equality in schools, and the integration of “languages across the curriculum”. She has extensive experience with a variety of curricula, including IB PYP, MYP, IPC, British Primary, IGCSE, and various Canadian provincial and US state curricula.

Speaking Engagements

A significant aspect of bridging between research and schools is continuing to share practice-based research and work to a wider audience, through conferences and publications. Some of Eowyn's upcoming and recent conference contributions are listed below. 

Professional Memberships for Research:

  • British Association for Applied Linguistics

    • Language Learning and Teaching SIG

    • Linguistics and Language Knowledge in the Curriculum SIG

    • Languages in Africa SIG

    • Language Policy

Professional Memberships for Practice:

  • NALDIC (National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum)

  • ECIS (The Educational Collaborative for International Schools)

  • CIS (Council for International Schools): Affiliated Consultant

Accreditation and Affiliation

Eowyn Crisfield is an accredited educational consultant registered with the Society of Education Consultants. She is also a CIS Affiliated Consultant, and lectures at Oxford Brookes University. 

BAAL Language Policy Forum (Edinburgh, May 30-31, 2019)

         Paper: From ideology to policy to practice: The importance of local context in language planning

Belgian English Language Teachers' Association (Brussels, May 11, 2019)

         Keynote: From target-language only to translanguaging: How did we get here and where are we going?

ECIS MLIE Multilingual Learning Conference (London, Feb. 28-March 3, 2019)

         Pre-conference event: Improving Whole-school language practices

         Break-out session: Language-integrated teaching

Multilingual Schools Conference (Denmark, Nov. 10-11, 2018)

         Keynote: Translanguaging Identities: Bridging Worlds

Association for Language Awareness Conference: Towards Language Aware Citizenship (Amsterdam, July 4-7, 2018)

         Paper: Developing Critical Language Awareness in Ethical Bilingual Education: Three schools; three stories

ECIS Leadership Conference: Language and the Design of Learning (Berlin, April 5-7, 2018)

         Workshop: Leadership for Languages: Whole-school capacity building

AAIE Leadership Conference and Expo: Leaders United: Transforming our world together (New York, Feb. 5-7, 2018)

          Expert Panel: English and World Language Learning That Works: Maximizing success through transformed cultures, programs & practices 

European League for Middle Level Education: From Awkward to Awesome (Amsterdam, Jan. 18-20, 2018)

           Translanguaging for Learning in the Middle Years

Alliance for International Education Conference: Internationalising Schools (Amsterdam, Oct. 6-8, 2017)

Strand Session: Languages in the Classroom: The final frontier

International Symposium on Bilingualism (Limerick, June 11-14, 2017)

Paper Presentation: Translanguaging Teaching: Reintegrating multilingual practice into natural contexts

Languages in Africa Special Interest Group Conference (Reading, May 11, 2017)

Translanguaging Teaching in Kenya: Challenges and Opportunities

ECIS EAL/Mother Tongue Conference (Copenhagen, Mar. 2-5, 2017)

Break out session: Mother Tongue at the Center: Using Structured Translanguaging in the International Schools

CIS Symposium on Intercultural Learning (Amsterdam, March 9-10, 2017)

Session: Translanguaging in International Schools: Bringing Language Diversity into the Classroom