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Eowyn Crisfield

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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.

Speaking Engagements

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).

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