Vicky Obied

GUEST SPEAKER on 7th December 2013

at the Limes 3.30 - 5.30 pm

Vicky Obied will come to talk to the group about the issues that may arise in multilingual families when the children are around secondary school age and get into the teenage years.

Having herself raised two multilingual children through their teenage phase, as well as carried out research that involved interviewing multilingual teenagers, Vicky will share her insights about this phase of multilingual family life.


All welcome !

Amy Thompson

Amy Thompson from Speak to the Future - campaign for languages, the UK Federation of Chinese Schools and Chair at NALDIC - National Subject Association for EAL. (september 2012)


Virginia Gathercole

Virginia Müller Gathercole is a Professor at the School of Psychology at the University of Wales Bangor. She is a specialist in bilingualism in very young children. Her main research in language acquisition was for monolinguals but she also studied some bilinguals (Spanish/English in Miami and Welsh/English).


The resource Unit

The resource Unit held a talk for WFBG member on 25th September 2006.

The Unit runs training for people wanting to set up a school or who are already teachers or on management committees.
You can contact them on 020 7700 8189 or on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Li Wei

Professor Li Wei of Newcastle University is a well known researcher on bilingualism. Many bilingual parents intend to stick to speaking one language to their children, but some find themselves switching unconsciously. Professor Li Wei is the leading authority on this area of linguistics and came to talk to our group on 5th March 2005.


Jean-Marc Dewaele

Jean-Marc Dewaele is Professor in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has published widely on individual differences in psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, pragmatic, psychological and emotional aspects of Second Language Acquisition and Multilingualism.

He came to talk to our group on 14th December 2004.

Francesca La Morgia

Francesca La Morgia talked to your group on 2nd October 2010. She is an academic specialist in multilingualism and has also set up a group to help multilingual familes in Ireland where she is based. Francesca will share with us her expericence and talk a little about the group she has set up: Bilingual Forum Ireland.


Colin Baker

Colin Baker, Professor of Education at Bangor University, came to talk to our group on 16th September 2006. He is the author of a number of books including : A Parent and Teachers Guide to Bilingualism, Encyclopedia of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education and B is for Papillon, Biliteracy in the home. Although an academic, Colin Baker is clearly committed to practical aspects of how to make bilingualism work in the family and at school.


Charmian Kenner

Charmian is a specialist in bilingualism and biliteracy (learning to read and write in two languages), a Lecturer at Goldsmiths College and the author of books about biliteracy.


Charmain Kenner

Charmian Kenner works in the Education Dept at Goldsmiths University and specialises in the education of children with different backgrounds and came to talk to us on 15th March 2006. She also has an adult bilingual biliterate son (who now has a job that requires his English/Spanish).


Alan Bradley

Alan Bradley was our first guest-speaker on the 6th November 2003.