IDEA #5: Why your Bilingual/Multilingual Learners Need Projects Right Now

Over this week, I’ll be sharing 5 posts-all of them focused on ideas for online learning with your BMLs. Since some teachers have limited access to their students and learning materials at this time, these ideas are quick-win strategies you can implement right...

IDEA #4: Get your Bilingual/Multilingual Learners to Vlog!

Over this week, I’ll be sharing 5 posts-all of them focused on ideas for online learning with your BMLs. Since some teachers have limited access to their students and learning materials at this time, these ideas are quick-win strategies you can implement right...

Q & A : How do I Find Time for Vocabulary Teaching?

This is a question from Tarek, who teaches both Middle and High students: I understand how important vocabulary is but honestly, with all the pressures of the curriculum, I can't find the time to dedicate to vocabulary study. What do you suggest? I know how you...

BMLs and the Homework Problem

For bilingual and multilingual learners (BMLs), homework can be a major stressor. Many have a great deal of anxiety during the school day and having to bring additional schoolwork home can take away from their 'rest and recharge' time. As well, homework that’s...

‘Multilingual-Positive Practises’ Replace ‘English-Only’ Policies

While a large population of bilingual and multilingual learners (BMLs) in schools used to seem like an issue only for inner city schools in capitals like London, New York, Sydney or Toronto, things have changed dramatically.  Now, even schools in rural areas are...

Event: ECIS Educator’s Conference Luxembourg

If you are an educator looking for a high-quality teacher's conference, the Educational Collaborative for International Education (ECIS) is hosting its Educator's Conference in Luxembourg on Nov.16-18, 2018. You can visit the website here: www.ecis.org. Francesca...

Announcement: Our New Name & Location!

We're off to a great start to 2018 with a new location for our institute! We are pleased to announce we are now located in Canterbury, UK. During the move, we've had to modify our business name so we are now 'Centre for Educators of Bilingual and Multilingual...

Mediating BMLs’ Language and Learning Burdens with the Mother-Tongue

By: Francesca McGeary “Continue to speak your language at home and we will work on improving your child’s English at school.” This is the mantra that should roll off a teacher’s tongue when speaking to parents of new BMLs joining English schools. Although many of...

If ‘Literacy’ is the Answer, what’s the Question?

If "literacy" is the answer, then what's the question? It doesn't matter if you're a teacher, parent or principal, there's no doubt you'll have a good answer to this question...or question to this answer. In fact, there are probably hundreds of excellent questions...

Nurture your Students’ Language & Cultures

This article is reposted from: the Blog of the Association of American Schools in South America  An international teacher easily interacts with 10-20 different nationalities a day. These schools and classrooms are an anthropolgist’s dream. Just imagine all the...

The Fabulous ‘Errors’ of BMLs

A couple of years ago, one of our bilingual students created this little story book about herself and her pet rabbit.  Her pictures were beautiful and her written message was appropriate considering she’d been in an English school for one year.  She was in grade...

IB Conference of the Americas 2016

Last month, we travelled to Toronto to attend the IB Conference of the Americas. It was a truly wonderful event and gave us the opportunity to share our Institute and our work with other high-quality educators from around the world. One particularly outstanding...

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