Research participation with Bilingualism Matters

Calls for research participants of all ages and linguistic backgrounds are posted here, as and when participants are required. We are not currently looking for research participants but 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.

Research participants needed: Japanese or Spanish native speakers for story continuation study

Hi my name is Carine and I’m a researcher looking for participants to complete a Story continuation study. The study should take less than 60 minutes to complete and you will be compensated £8.  You will complete 3 language tasks, where you will have to read some sentences, or words, and either write short responses or answer questions about them.

To participate you MUST:
– Be a NATIVE speaker of JAPANESE or SPANISH (from Spain)
– Have NOT previously completed a story continuation study
– Be 18 or older
– Have lived in the UK for AT LEAST 3 YEARS
– Have HIGH or FLUENT proficiency of English as a second language (and no ability to speak any other languages)

If you’re interested in completing the study you can sign up at

If you have any questions, you can email us at

University of Edinburgh

Call for Participants: Bilinguals with German as a second language wanted!

Hello! I’m a Ph.D. student researching on the effects of bilingualism when learning any additional languages. I would be very grateful to you if you could help me with my study. If your answer is yes to the following questions, please get in touch with me to take part in my experiment! It consists of a short questionnaire and 3 linguistic tasks (2 in German). As a thank you for your kind contribution, you will be offered good Italian coffee, sweets and the chance to win Amazon vouchers (£25 pounds)

1) Is German your second language? (i.e. you are able to hold a conversation, read magazines, watch movies etc. in German)

2) Did you learn German in one of the following modalities?

a): from your parents because you were brought up in the UK but you used to speak German at home.

b): from the community around you because you spent time in a German-speaking country for work of study.

c): attending a course at school and/or university.

Please contact Francesca D’Angelo:

University of Edinburgh

Survey – practices to assess bilingual children in UK

Together with colleagues in Bangor, Leeds, Reading and Oxford, we are conducting a 10-min anonymous survey to find out about current practices to assess bilingual children in the UK, in order to identify the needs for adapted tools and guidance. If you are, for example, a teacher, an SLT, a Health Visitor, an Educational Psychologist, or an Early Years Professional, thank you very much to take the time to help!

Please feel free to circulate this.

To take the survey, please follow the link:


Research participants wanted – bilingual adults

We are looking for bilingual participants. If you live in Edinburgh or the Central Belt of Scotland, and you and your partner or housemate are both bilingual and switch languages in everyday conversation, you could help us!

Please contact Dr Mariana Vega-Mendoza at, who will be happy to send you more information. Your help is greatly appreciated! Each couple who participate will receive a £25 Amazon voucher at the end of the study.

Languages: English, Spanish, Polish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Croatian, Czech, German, Mandarin, Russian, Swedish

Closing date to sign up: 20 June 2017

Survey on bilingualism and autism – May 2017

Online survey, the ABC – Autism and Bilingualism Census, designed for any adults (over 16 years-old) on the autism spectrum, monolinguals and multilinguals alike:

Bérengère Digard, a PhD student from the University of Edinburgh has reached out to us to help her with her research project. She is interested in the relationship between bilingualism and the autism spectrum; you can read more about her research on her webpage:

Bilingualism, Autism and the Brain

She just released an online survey, the ABC – Autism and Bilingualism Census, designed for any adults (over 16 years-old) on the autism spectrum, monolinguals and multilinguals alike. If you wish to help her by taking part in her project, you simply have to follow the link below. Completing the survey should take you between 10 and 15 minutes, maybe a bit more if you speak more than 2 languages.

Research participants wanted: Adults aged 20-40

Researchers are looking for 20-40 year olds to take part in a study on cognitive functions and communication skills.

Participant requirements

* Native or advanced speakers of English

* Aged between 20-40

* Have no history of hearing or language impairment and have normal or corrected-to-normal vision

Take part in the study

In the first task, you’ll be instructed to count tones played on a computer. The second task involves naming images displayed on an i-pad such that the experimenter is able to identify them (this task will be audio recorded for analysis). Finally, there is a brief language background questionnaire.

Testing takes 30 minutes and is administered in the University of Edinburgh’s Psychology Building (7 George Square, central campus).

Participants will be paid £5 (cash payment) for contributing to this research.

Testing will take place until the end of July. For further information or to register your interest, please contact Madeleine Long (

Research participants wanted: German-English bilingual adults

Researchers are looking for native German speakers with a high command of English to take part in an ultrasound study. [Read more…]

Research participants wanted: Italian-English bilinguals

Scientists working on the EU funded AThEME project are looking to recruit Italian-English bilingual adults for their research into how people process multiple languages. [Read more…]

Research participants wanted: Dutch-English bilingual families living in Edinburgh

Researchers studying child language development in Edinburgh are looking for families raising their children in Dutch and English to participate in their new study.

Study background

We are a group of researchers at the University of Edinburgh and Radboud University in the Netherlands. We are conducting a joint research project on bilingual children growing up with English and Dutch. This project aims to understand how patterns of exposure influence language development in children with two languages in their environment.

Children growing up with two languages are usually stronger in one language than the other. This is called language dominance. This is perfectly normal and often a consequence of the circumstances under which the child has contact with the languages in question.

In this project, we’re interested in finding out how to measure language dominance, to what extent patterns of language dominance are indeed related to the circumstances under which children acquire their two languages, and, more generally, how much contact a child needs with two languages in order to learn them both successfully.

Participant requirements

We are looking for children who are aged between 2 years and 4 years 11 months old, hear Dutch from one or both parents/caregivers, and have normal hearing and no known language impairment.

What’s involved?

  • Two sessions at home or at the University of Edinburgh Developmental lab (7 George Square). One session will take place in English with an English-speaking researcher and one session will take place in Dutch with a Dutch-speaking researcher.
  • Children will participate in a number of language ‘games’ with a research assistant (approximately 30 mins).
  • We will also video-record a 30-minute interaction between the child and parent playing together.
  • The Dutch-speaking parent will have a brief chat with the research assistant about the child’s language background, exposure and use (between 20 and 30 minutes; this could be arranged on a separate occasion, if preferred).
  • All results will be kept anonymous and treated confidentially. Video recordings will only be accessible to project members.
  • The study has received ethical approval from the University of Edinburgh ethics committee.

How to participate?

For further information or to sign up, please email Dr Barbora Skarabela or call the researchers on 0131 6504020.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you soon!