A registered European Union Commission expert who was on the core group for the most recent review of language education in the EU 2016 – 2018. Dina’s concept: Healthy Linguistic Diet (HLD) was included in the EU Commission Interim Report Rethinking language education and linguistic diversity in schools and the final report Migrants In European schools – learning and maintaining languages. HLD was also built into an online course for educators across the EU, delivered to 1600 EU teachers. The work with the EU Commission led to the development of a regional strategy in Italy based on the HLD approach, funded by the Italian National Institute for Research and Innovation in Education (INDIRE) and successfully implemented in 2019 – 2021. INDIRE employed Dina as an expert advisor to provide ongoing support to teachers and school leaders throughout all the planning and implementation stages.
Dina has been working as a consultant for a number of international schools since 2016. Her expertise has been sought after by schools in Brazil, China, Dubai, Manila, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland, the USA and the UK. In addition, she serves as an Expert on the Advisory Board for Aga Khan Bilingual Academies and the Council for International Schools since 2018. She is also a school governor for a GEMS school in Dubai and a trustee for Keys, an organisation that aims to empower women in the Arab world.
Dina’s overarching professional aim is to contribute to the development of education policy and practice in which no child would feel the need to hide their home language, and no parent would fear alienation in the closer and wider family caused by the loss of their home/heritage language. To achieve this aim, she has been making a consistent contribution in this area through her professional and voluntary work: she led on setting up the first Bosnian mother tongue school in England and supporting it for ten years of its existence; she has delivered sessions for teachers of mother tongue schools in England, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Australia. Dina also regularly delivers sessions for bilingual parents in a range of contexts and countries. She also uses every opportunity to run focus discussion groups with children to inform her work through direct insights into children’s experiences and raise awareness of cognitive advantages amongst young people. As stated on her website: Healthy Linguistic Diet is relevant to all stakeholders and all age groups: http://healthylinguisticdiet.com/
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Image above: With the graduates at University of Udayana On February 21st we mark the UN More
Image above left: Thomas giving a keynote at the first International Conference on Language Development and Assessment More
Image above: Central Dubai sunset In December 2020 my husband and me found ourselves in Dubai More
After my presentation on the cognitive benefits of bilingualism and Healthy Linguistic Diet approach at VIII More