Interview on NPR – benefits of bilingual education

Bilingualism Matters Director Professor Antonella Sorace has been interviewed by US media organisation NPR (National Public Radio) for a piece on some of the potential brain benefits of bilingual education. The six areas discussed are: attention; empathy; reading; school performance and engagement; diversity and integration; and protection against cognitive decline and dementia.

Read all about it on the NPR website: 6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education.

New branch opening in Trondheim, Norway

Trondheim Logo

We are delighted to welcome a new branch in Trondheim, Norway, to the growing international network of Bilingualism Matters. The Trondheim branch is based at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and will be working in partnership with the established Norwegian branch in Tromsø, under the name of Flere språk til flere. [Read more…]

Thomas Bak on Public Radio International (PRI)

Earlier this month in the USA, the people of California voted to overturn the historic ban on bilingual education within their state.

In an interview with Public Radio International (PRI), Thomas Bak, Deputy Director of Bilingualism Matters in Edinburgh, shares research findings that may have helped changed attitudes to bilingualism and bilingual education. Find it at 28 to 33 minutes below.

Read about it on the PRI site.

New staff & recent events

Staff Changes

The Bilingualism Matters team at the University of Edinburgh welcome two new members of staff, following the departure of Research Co-ordinator, Madeleine Beveridge, earlier this year. We would like to thank Madeleine for all her dedication and achievements over the years she worked with Centre. Taking over her role, in a new format, we now have two part-time members of staff. [Read more…]

Research participation with Bilingualism Matters

Calls for research participants of all ages and linguistic backgrounds are posted here, as and when participants are required. Current and previous calls can be browsed below to get a flavour of the different kinds of studies undertaken here. Follow us on Twitter @BilingMatters or Facebook to keep up to date with our work, and sign up for our newsletter to get quarterly updates from us.