Bilingualism Matters at Edinburgh Fringe 2017

We are delighted that our Director, Professor Antonella Sorace, and our Deputy Director, Dr Thomas Bak, are both challenging Edinburgh Fringe audiences this August with surprising findings from research, as part of the 2017 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, organised by Beltane Public Engagement Network. [Read more…]

Our Annual Event 2017

By: Mariana Vega-Mendoza & Madeleine Long

On Friday 12 May 2017, Bilingualism Matters hosted its Annual Event at the University of Edinburgh’s Informatics Forum. The event brought together professionals and researchers from areas such as education, neuroscience, and policy as well as members of the public.

The programme kicked off with registration and networking followed by a wonderful schedule of short talks hosted by Àdhamh Ó Broin. The first talk was by the Centre Director, Prof Antonella Sorace, [Read more…]

Bilingualism Matters with ‘Little Linguists’ at Heathrow Airport

This Easter, we worked with Heathrow Airport to promote language learning for children, as part of their ‘Little Linguists’ scheme. Our Director, Professor Antonella Sorace, advised in the development of packs of fun flashcards in different languages, designed to spark an interest in language learning for the thousand of families passing through the airport over the Easter 2017 weekend. [Read more…]

Bilingualism Matters in Frankfurt

Prof Antonella Sorace is in Frankfurt today to give a talk entitled “Bilingualism: An Investment for Life”, at Goethe University Frankfurt.

Bilingualism Matters Network Dissemination Meeting in Trento, September 2016

 

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On the 13th and 14th of September 2016, researchers from Bilingualism Matters branches around the world came together in Trento, Italy, for the dissemination network meeting ‘Engaging in research on bilingualism’. [Read more…]

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…]

Bilingualism Matters performing at Edinburgh Fringe

Should we be prescribed language lessons on the NHS rather than drugs?

Dr Thomas Bak,Deputy Director,Reader in human Cognitive Neuroscience, will be performing in the Fringe this Thursday 11th August at pm,St Andrew Square,Edinburgh [Read more…]