Complementary – Mainstream Partnerships


Project Director: Dr Charmian Kenner

Funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Tower Hamlets Children’s Services, the project explores how community language teachers and primary teachers can form partnerships in order to develop bilingual learning. The teachers, from complementary and primary schools in Tower Hamlets, East London, visited each other’s classes and jointly planned a programme of topic-based lessons using bilingual strategies adapted to each context. Parents and grandparents supported the activities through intergenerational learning. Results show how children's bilingual development can be supported in both mainstream and complementary schools.



Teaching Resources 

Living Together
 Life in Bangladesh