My name is Elizabeth Coelho. I have worked for many years with educators in schools and classrooms where students speak various languages and come from diverse cultural backgrounds. I have given workshops and other presentations to educators across Canada and the United States, as well as Spain and several other European countries.


This web page is about my work. Here you will find information about my books and articles as well as some of my recent talks, workshops, and other professional activities. I hope this information will help teachers facing the challenge, and the adventure, of working in linguistically and culturally diverse schools and classrooms.

I am now retired and based in Spain. I am involved in a new project: an online learning platform for Spanish. You can find out about that here.

Multilingual Classrooms:
Teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse contexts

Recent Presentations and Workshops

These are a few of the presentations I have given in Canada and other countries in the last few years. For a more complete list, see my Curriculum Vitae.

"El Aula Inclusiva” and “Andamiaje en los cuadrantes: Un marco para la enseñanza de segundas lenguas.” Workshop/seminar for the Departament d’Anglès i Lingüística, University of Lleida, June 2014.



These clips are from workshops and conference presentations in Canada.

"Talking About  Language Acquisition  and Learning: A Conversation with Jim Cummins"

I made this video in 2009 with Dr. Jim Cummins, one of the world's foremost experts on second language acquisition among school-aged students. He has been a major influence on my work and the work of many others in the field, so it was an honour to work with him on this video. We talk about the importance of early exposure to reading and storytelling, the benefits of explicit teaching of word knowledge, the value of students' own languages, and the concept of universal design.​ Click here to view (segment 5).

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Articles and other resources

Here are some recent articles and other resources available online. For a complete list, see my Curriculum Vitae.

Books for teachers

These are some of the books I have written or co-written for teachers. You can find publication information in my CV



Here are some classroom materials I developed for content-based language instruction. The student materials can be photocopied.