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Multilingualism in the classroom - best practice

  • Date: October 18, 2023
  • Time: 12:30 – 13:30
  • Cost: BAISIS member £50  / BSA member £65 / Member additional attendee £20  / Non-member £120
  • Audience: Deputy Head Academic, SLT/SMT, all teaching staff, classroom support staff
  • Platform: Zoom (online) – webinar

Content overview:

Multilingualism is the use of more than one language by an individual or group of speakers. For education, current research focuses on the benefits to learning outcomes if schools encourage multilingualism. This webinar looks at what this looks like in practice in classrooms where there are multilingual learners and considers the benefits and possible challenges to encouraging multilingualism.

Learning outcomes:

  • How multilingualism can be encouraged in the learning environment
  • Impact on learning outcomes and other benefits
  • Practical considerations for implementing multilingualism in your setting.



Karen Forbes, Associate Professor in Second Language Education at the University of Cambridge

Karen Forbes is an Associate Professor in Second Language Education at the University of Cambridge. She previously taught French and Spanish in secondary schools in England and has also taught English as a foreign language in a school in Spain and at a university in China. Karen’s current research is in the field of multilingualism in education and she has been involved in projects on language learning strategies, supporting EAL learners in the classroom and multilingual identity.