About me

Eowyn Crisfield is a Canadian-educated expert in teaching English as a second/foreign language, teacher-training and bilingualism, with a BA in TESL/TEFL and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Concordia University. Over the last 20 years she has lived and worked in Canada, France, the US and the Netherlands. Since 2003, she has specialised in the area of parent and teacher education for bilingualism.

Eowyn is a strong supporter of early bilingualism, and believes that all parents, especially expats, should understand the advantages of bilingualism and best practice for raising bilingual children. For parents who move abroad, or who move often, it is important to understand the linguistic and social consequences of the language choices we make for our children.  With this mandate in mind, Eowyn works with parents one-on-one to put together a strategy which perfectly applies to their specific circumstances, and she also gives regular informational talks on raising bilingual children. Eowyn has innovated a family-language planning system that helps families plan for successful bilingualism for their children, from birth to university, taking into account a variety of life situations.

In addition, Eowyn works closely with teachers and schools, ensuring that the teachers have the best knowledge and training to integrate non-native speakers into their classrooms and school community. This includes knowledge seminars on the theory of bilingualism, as well as hands-on workshops on EAL in the classroom, from innovative teaching to evaluation. She also works with schools to develop School Language Policies that define the needs and rights of all the students, and follows up with parent education seminars. 

Finally, Eowyn works with multinational companies, ensuring that their expat employees have the information and confidence to make the best educational choices to help their children achieve successful bilingualism wherever the expat life takes them. This includes informational seminars and consultation days, designed to meet the needs of mobile and multilingual families. 

Blog: http://onraisingbilingualchildren.com/

Eowyn Crisfield,
Jun 29, 2014, 1:06 PM