WE BELIEVE THE GREATEST RESOURCE A BILINGUAL & MULTILINGUAL LEARNER CAN HAVE IS A HIGHLY-TRAINED TEACHER
TEACHERS IN THE USA WITHOUT ANY BML TRAINING
INCREASE IN BMLS IN THE UK SINCE 1997
AUSTRALIAN TEACHERS INDICATED A NEED FOR SPECIFIC TRAINING about BMLS
GROWING TEACHER EXPERTISE TO HELP BMLS THRIVE
Co-Founders, Alison Schofield and Francesca McGeary worked internationally as specialist teachers before starting their own educational consultancy in Dubai, UAE. Over the course of 9 years, they worked primarily with bilingual and multilingual learners, many of whom had been misdiagnosed with learning disabilities as a result of their English language proficiency. Realising the harm to students and their families because of a widespread lack of knowledge about BMLs, they wrote Bilingual and Multilingual Learners from the Inside-Out: Elevating Expertise in Classrooms and Beyond. The team also attended seminars in social entrepreneurship by Jacqueline Novogratz and Ashoka and were inspired to create change for bilingual and multilingual learners. They then launched their transformative online courses and the Centre for Educators of Bilingual and Multilingual Learners was born. Now based in the UK, their social enterprise trains teachers working in English-medium and bilingual/ multilingual schools around the world.
We want to create a world where all teachers have the knowledge, skills and expertise they need to help BMLs thrive through equitable policies and practises.
Our aim is to spread knowledge and best practises about bilingual and multilingual learners to as many teachers as possible around the world.
We support schools and teachers to:
- better understand BMLs and their needs
- eliminate inequitable practises and discriminatory policies based on myths
- understand how they can contribute to maintenance of BMLs’ home languages
- maximise BMLs’ strengths within the educational environment
- learn relevant research and strategies that make a major contribution to the achievement and enrichment of BMLs
- learn key approaches that enable BMLs to thrive (academically, culturally, linguistically, socially)
- create culturally-responsive learning environments
As our teachers gain new expertise, it means that students benefit and we are creating real impact through our work
Our teachers report significant impact as a result of taking our courses. Many are inspired to share the information they’ve learnt with their colleagues, parents and students themselves!
“The course was quite informative and transformative for me as an educator who had worked with BMLs for most of my career. It laid out applicable plans and practices that any educator can implement to make their BMLs thrive and succeed in school and beyond. The course blended both theory and practice in such interesting, useful, and practical ways and the immediate application of the knowledge that was learnt has made it even more beneficial and effective. I highly recommend this course to every educator who aspires to develop professionally, who is willing to become a change-agent and bring about positive changes-not only to their students but to the wider school population.” – Rana Yazigi, Teacher & Principal