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 Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University in English Language and TESOL, with a focus on the PG Cert Teaching Multilingual Learners. She is an active member of several research organisations and is a member of the executive committee of NALDIC (the UK's EAL Subject Association).
Over the years Eowyn 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, ENC, IGCSE, Common Core, and various Canadian provincial curricula.
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.
Paper: From ideology to policy to practice: The importance of local context in language planning
BAAL Language Policy Forum (Edinburgh, May 30-31, 2019)
Keynote: From target-language only to translanguaging: How did we get here and where are we going?
Belgian English Language Teachers' Association (Brussels, May 11, 2019)
Pre-conference event: Improving Whole-school language practices
Break-out session: Language-integrated teaching
ECIS MLIE Multilingual Learning Conference (London, Feb. 28-March 3, 2019)
Keynote: Translanguaging Identities: Bridging Worlds
Schools Conference (Denmark, Nov. 10-11, 2018)
Paper: Developing Critical Language Awareness in Ethical Bilingual Education: Three schools; three stories for
Language Awareness Conference: Towards Language Aware Citizenship (Amsterdam, July 4-7, 2018)
Workshop: Leadership for Languages: Whole-school capacity building
ECIS Leadership Conference: Language and the Design of Learning (Berlin, April 5-7, 2018)
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
Translanguaging for Learning in the Middle Years
European League for Middle Level Education: From Awkward to Awesome (Amsterdam, Jan. 18-20, 2018)
Strand Session: Languages in the Classroom: The final frontier
Alliance for International Education Conference: Internationalising Schools (Amsterdam, Oct. 6-8, 2017)
Paper Presentation: Translanguaging Teaching: Reintegrating multilingual practice into natural contexts
International Symposium on Bilingualism (Limerick, June 11-14, 2017)
Translanguaging Teaching in Kenya: Challenges and Opportunities
Languages in Africa Special Interest Group Conference (Reading, May 11, 2017)
Break out session: Mother Tongue at the Center: Using Structured Translanguaging in the International Schools
ECIS EAL/Mother Tongue Conference (Copenhagen, Mar. 2-5, 2017)
Session: Translanguaging in International Schools: Bringing Language Diversity into the Classroom
CIS Symposium on Intercultural Learning (Amsterdam, March 9-10, 2017)
Keynote: Evidencing Multilingualism - problems and solutions
ACAMIS English Language Conference (Beijing and Virtual) May 14-15 2022
Keynote: Whose voice is the loudest? ECIS MLIE Mini-conference (virtual) February 24, 2022
Keynote: Language and literacy development for multilingual learners: What do we know and what can we do?
Hampshire EMTAS Conference October 15, 2021
Plenary: From Target Language Only to Translanguaging: How did we get here and where are we going? TESOL Greece, Mar. 7-9, 2020
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 Forum
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 a CIS Affiliated Consultant, and a Senior Lecturer in English Language and TESOL at Oxford Brookes University. She is also a member of the NALDIC Executive Committee (the UK's EAL Subject Association).