07.10.22

Dr Dina Mehmedbegovic-Smith: Recording of a Session for Parents and Governors, St. Julian’s School, Portugal, September 2022

By Dina Mehmedbegovic-Smith

"In our first Parent Workshop of the year, we had the pleasure of listening to a fascinating talk on the Benefits of Bilingual Education for children by Dr Dina Mehmedbegovic-Smith, Associate Professor at the University College London and European Commission expert on Multilingualism."
– Dra Maria de Lurdes Faria e Silva


About the author

Dina is an associate professor of Education and Applied Linguistics at University College London, Institute of Education. Dina teaches on a range of programmes at PGCE, MA and doctoral level. She was on the core IOE team developing the National English as an Additional Language (EAL) Workforce Strategy; a key staff member in the development of the new programmes addressing the needs of bilingual children: MA in Bilingual Learners in Urban Settings, PGCE EAL Pathway and MA TESOL pre-service, which she currently leads. Her previous roles also include: Deputy Director of the London Education Research Unit (2009-11) and the editor of the IOE publication the London Digest, with the brief of generating and sharing knowledge on key education issues in London and global cities. Her research focuses on attitudes to bilingualism/multilingualism, minority languages and positioning of languages in relation to domination, political power and language disappearance. She is currently developing interdisciplinary work with colleagues from neuroscience aimed at providing a broader evidence base for advocating cognitive benefits of bilingualism in education and life-long learning. Her concept Healthy Linguistic Diet is an innovative approach to language learning and has been endorsed by the EU Commission in their report: Rethinking Language Education, as a part of the EU Language policy review.

https://ecspm.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Rethinking-Language-Education.pdf

Dina’s work on using autobiographical multimedia classroom approaches to develop intercultural competencies has been published and recognised as good practice by the Department of Education, NALDIC (National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum) and the British Council.

BlogAll posts

21.02.24

‘I feel a loss in myself’:
Can the loss of mother tongues in Indonesia be prevented?

Image above: With the graduates at University of Udayana On February 21st we mark the UN More

18.12.23

When concepts migrate: Complexities of migrating Healthy Linguistic Diet

Image above left: Thomas giving a keynote at the first International Conference on Language Development and Assessment More

Central Dubai sunset

24.08.23

Insight into struggles of Arabic as the mother tongue in Dubai

Image above: Central Dubai sunset In December 2020 my husband and me found ourselves in Dubai More

23.05.23

‘Now or never!’:
Insights into bilingual parenthood

After my presentation on the cognitive benefits of bilingualism and Healthy Linguistic Diet approach at VIII More