Barbara E. Graham, Ph.D.

Senior Literacy and Education Consultant


  • Ph.D., Multilingual Education, National Centre for Language and Literacy, University of Reading, U.K., 2009
  • M.A., Applied Linguistics, Birkbeck College, London University, U.K., 1996
  • B.A., Biblical and Cross-Cultural Studies, All Nations College, The Open University, U.K., 1999
  • B.Ed. (honours), Primary Science, Roehampton Institute, University of Surrey, U.K., 1987

Current positions

  • International Coordinator for Literacy and Education, SIL, 2016 -
  • Certified Senior Literacy and Education Consultant, SIL International, 2013–
  • Language and Education Consultant, SIL Africa Area, 2012–
  • Visiting Lecturer, Linguistics for Literacy, Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy, Redcliffe College, UK, 2016 -  

Other professional experience and service

  • Trainer of trainers for grade 4 materials for SIL LEAD, Uganda, December 2015  
  • Consultant for Community based literature development for a joint SIL and World Vision team, Kenya  (June – August 2013)
  • Consultant for  Grade 1 material development in four Ugandan languages with SIL LEAD  (January- February 2013)
  • Multilingual Education Consultant, Bible Translation and Literacy (BTL) Kenya, 2010–2012
  • Multilingual Education Specialist, BTL Kenya, 2006–2011
  • Teacher Trainer, Liberian Language and English Multilingual Education (LLEME) Programme, Liberia, 2010
  • Technical Assistant for Mother Tongue Education, BTL Kenya, 2001–2006
  • Advisory Teacher and In-service Teacher Trainer, The Linguistic Diversity Project, Centre for Language in Primary Education, London, U.K., 1995–1997
  • In-class support teacher, Southwark Education Authority, London, U.K., 1991–1995
  • Teacher of English to adult speakers of other languages, London, 1991–1995
  • Teacher of English as a foreign language, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, Kagoshima, Japan, 1989–1991
  • Class Teacher, Inner London Education Authority, London, U.K., 1976–1989
  • Tutor of Adult Literacy, Balham Adult Education College, London, U.K., 1987–1988 

Professional memberships

  • The International Reading Association, 2011– 
  • British Associations for Literacy in Development (BALID), 2010–

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • Kiswahili: ILR 2

Research interests

  • Creation of enabling environments for multilingual literacy within and outside education institutions
  • Assessment and support of early grade reading
  • Community involvement in education
  • Provision of reading materials in African languages
  • Language choice in multilingual contexts
United Kingdom