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CEC’s unique approach to working with leadership, staff and parents helps to build strong and successful partnerships to improve the learning and experiences of bilingual/multilingual learners in schools.


Multilingual Learners, Supporting Multilingual


Recent Publications
In International Education
Planning for Language Development: Objectively

Schools that have high numbers of language learners often have the motto "every teacher is a language teacher". The connection between the motto and the practice can be hard to find, however, as most teachers are not actually trained to be language teachers. This article puts forward a planning framework to ensure that the whole curriculum is leveraged for the purposes of language development alongside content development. (Click on photo for link). 

Translanguaging pedagogy is of growing interest in both national and international schools, as it allows multilingual students to use all their language competency for learning and language development. Research consistently shows a strong link between competence in the home language (often called mother tongue) and success in learning a new school language. Translanguaging provides a framework for schools to integrate this into their teaching. CEC has been at the forefront of integrating translanguaging pedagogy in schools and provides professional development and coaching for teachers and schools. For a full explanation see my video below. This article was published in the International Schools Journal, April 2018 (John Catt). (Click on title for link)

Recent Posts

October 8, 2019

Social media is all a-twitter these days about co-teaching. There are a couple of new books out, and the topic of co-teaching for EAL/ELL learners is now the theme of the moment. While I think that successful co-teaching can be a great thing, I don't think that it is t...

October 8, 2019

Last week I worked with three different schools in the Netherlands, all with different profiles. All of them are international schools, using a variety of national and international curricula. When non-English background parents put their children in these types of sch...

September 20, 2019

There are myriad terms used to describe languages in education, and it's often seen as a minor issue to choose a title for a language provision. Appearances can be deceptive though, and what we choose as a category for a language has implications for how we envision th...

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