Consultants and Past Committee Members
The ECIS ESL and Mother Tongue Committee has had the pleasure of working with some of the most talented researchers, authors, guest speakers from around the globe. If you are needing support in your educational institution in our field of ESL and Mother Tongue, please use our recommended list of professional consultants (who just so happen to be past committee members). If you contact them, please be sure to let them know that you heard about them from us!
Dr. Maurice Carder
Maurice Carder has followed a path of practice, research and activism throughout his 42 years of engagement with
SLLs. From a BA in Spanish, through a PGCE with focus on ESL, an MA in linguistics in ELT, to an EdD in International
Education, he has taught Second Language learners worldwide throughout his career and actively pursued their best
interests. He has been involved in IB working parties to write the Diploma A2 curriculum, the MYP language B guide,
and the MYP SLA & MTD guide.
He has served on many CIS accreditation-visiting teams, and organized several conferences for the ECIS ESL & Mother
Tongue committee. He led a large ESL & Mother Tongue department at the Vienna International School for 28 years. He has given many talks and in-service sessions internationally on bilingual issues and written widely about them, including Bilingualism in International Schools (Multilingual Matters, 2007); more recently "International school students: developing their bilingual potential", Chapter 13 in C. Abello et al,(eds) Bilingual and Multilingual Education in the 21st Century (Multilingual Matters, 2013); and also “English Language Teaching: The Change in Students’ Language from ‘English Only’ to ‘Linguistically Diverse’”,. Chapter Five in: R. Pearce (ed). International Education and Schools: Moving Beyond the First 40 Years. (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013). He completed a professional doctorate on the subject area at the close of his career at the Institute of Education, University of London and is now an independent researcher. for more information.
Eithne Gallagher is a recognized authority in the field of ESL in International Education and has over twenty years’
experience of teaching in international schools. She has twice been chair of the European Council of International
Schools ESL & Mother-tongue Committee; she is a regular presenter at international school conferences and has
delivered workshops and lectures for teachers and administrators across the world. Her writings on ESL & Mother-
tongue issues have been widely published in educational journals and magazines and she has published a book
entitled Equal Rights to the Curriculum (Multilingual Matters, 2008) in which she argues for school reform to meet the
educational needs of all children growing up in a multicultural society. Eithne provides support and consultancy for schools wishing to implement inclusive, ESL and mother-tongue policies. Eithne is the mother of three bilingual children and lives with her family on a hilltop outside Rome. To learn more about Eithne’s work visit her website:
Video series by Eithne Gallagher about international classrooms, cross-lingual transfer and translanguaging:
Part 1 -http://youtu.be/_VrEW1ETM9c
Part 2 -http://youtu.be/1aSgXB9rk-k
Part 3 -http://youtu.be/gDyGACQt-PQ
Patricia Mertin is British, but has been living in Germany for over forty years with her bilingual family of husband and three grown up children. She started her teaching career as a music teacher, but transferred happily to ESL as her situation changed. She completed her PhD in 2006 on 'the effect of culture on second language acquisition' with
Goldsmiths College, London University, where she originally trained to be a teacher. Patricia has written articles for the IS
Magazine and runs professional development workshops for schools. Her hobbies are going to the theatre, listening to live
music, especially jazz, and staying involved in track and field. Although no longer an active participant, she enjoys judging
and officiating. She has made many presentations at conferences. Published this year is her book Breaking through the
Language Barrier: Effective strategies for teaching ESL students in secondary school mainstream classes (John Catt, 2013). This is one of the few books that specifically targets secondary teachers, with chapters devoted to the particular language needs of different subject matter.
Chadwick V.R. Williams
Currently working in EU funded project coordination for the Vienna Board of Education, Chadwick has taught ESL and Bilingual Education for over 14 years from struggling inner city public schools in the USA to international schools in Japan and in Austria. He also manage and directed a language arts school in Guadalajara, Mexico for two years. He is trilingual in German and Spanish. Chadwick continues to be an adjunct professor for Endicott College for his third consecutive year for ESL, bilingual education, and mother tongue. He has presented his case studies and action based research on the theme of International Mindedness both at the ECIS Leadership and General conference as well as the CIE (Alliance of Internaitonal Education) in Doha. He is also the foudner of a Non-Profit Organization, Who I am, for which he has written a curriculum for public and international shcools that help youth embrace their mother tongue and cultural identity. Moreover, he is currently building the first mother tongue library in Vienna Public School consisting of over 100 different titles in 22 languages. His work with Who I am has received endorsements and/or support from various international organizations such as UNESCO, UNICEF, OPEC, the American Embassy, as well as the Vienna Board of Education.
Ros has spent the last ten years as the English department coordinator for preschool and primary school at Enka Schools which is
a bilingual private IB school in Istanbul. At the school, she advocates and supports structures to facilitate mother tongue inclusion
in the school culture and community. She graduated with a BA. hons in Social Anthropology from SOAS London and started
teaching in 1987 in Turkey. She taught at Doküz Eylül University in Turkey and the International University of Islam, Petaling Jaya,
Malaysia, later transitioning to young learners at preschool and primary level for the past fourteen years. A major part of her role
over the past twenty years has been as a teacher trainer and teacher mentor for teachers learning content through English.