This workshop will explore some of the key barriers that can prevent bilingual families from engaging with family learning and share strategies, activities and resources that promote a differentiated learning environment to respond to diverse needs and different language and literacy levels. The workshop draws on the significant expertise of Learning Unlimited in working with bilingual families, as well as the collective experience of Family Skills, a national family literacy programme, which worked with hundreds of migrant families from diverse backgrounds and with wide-ranging language and literacy needs.

During this workshop attendees will:
  • consolidate knowledge about the many advantages of bilingualism
  • explore barriers bilingual families face in the community and how these impact on their attitudes to their bilingualism and their children's education
  • identify a range of strategies to enable bilingual parents to support their children's language development (in home language/s and English) and their education
  • look at identifying the specific needs of refugees 

Who will benefit from attending?

This conference is ideal if you engage with families in

  • schools
  • libraries
  • galleries
  • colleges
  • job centres
  • refugee centres
  • the wider community 

This practical workshop will be delivered by Foufou Savitzky, a family learning specialist with a particular interest in bilingualism in the family. With over thirty years of teaching experience firstly as an EAL specialist and subsequently as a teacher of adults.  Foufou has several publications to her name.


The workshop is £180 (no VAT) including lunch.


There are discounts for Friends of the Campaign for Learning.

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