Bilingualism Matters in California

Covadonga Lamar Prieto, Antonella Sorace, Judith Kroll

On 2nd October 2017, Antonella Sorace travelled to University of California, Riverside, to open the 17th international branch of Bilingualism Matters.

Located within the University’s Center for Ideas & Society, the branch is co-directed by Judith Kroll (Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of UCR’s Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab) and Covadonga Lamar Prieto (Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies).

In an interview with UCR Today, Professor Kroll discussed what the new branch aims to achieve.

What Bilingualism Matters tries to do is take the science of bilingualism and make it available to parents raising bilingual children, to school systems implementing dual-language education, to language educators, and to government officials. The idea is to bring together the academic community and the local community of language users and individuals who are engaged in everything from instruction to parental decision-making.

To mark the launch of the new branch, a research conference entitled ‘Multilingualism research in Southern California: Cross-disciplinary perspectives on dual language experience‘ was organised. You can read the full programme and see photos from the launch events on the Flickr album.

Find out more about the branch, including all their contact details and links to their own website, on the California branch page.