Hermitage Park Primary School

Bilingualism Matters will visit Hermitage Park Primary School in Edinburgh on 7 June 2013.

A presentation at the TeamWork National Translation Conference in the Netherlands

Antonella Sorace will be one of the keynote speakers at the National Translation Conference in Amersfoort, The Netherlands on Saturday 25 May 2013.

Visit the Teamwork website for more information (in Dutch), and read a short biography on Antonella on their website here (in English).

Three seminars in Sardinia on Sardinian-Italian bilingualism

Bilingualism Matters director Antonella Sorace gave three seminars (including one to an audience of 9-12 year old children) in Sardinia on Sardinian-Italian bilingualism: a privilege and a great opportunity.

Meet Bilingualism Matters at the Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique

Antonella Sorace will give a talk at the Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique on Monday 13 May. The talk will be held in the Filmhouse Cinema Café Bar on 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ and starts at 8:30pm. Read the abstract of Antonella’s talk below.

Is bilingualism good or bad for you?

Research has shown that bilingualism (broadly intended as fluency in more than one language) brings a range of linguistic and cognitive benefits that go far beyond knowledge of two languages and extend to the whole lifespan. Compared to monolinguals, both child and adult bilinguals have better spontaneous understanding of language structure, more effective selective attention, and greater mental flexibility. However, many people still think that bilingualism, especially in children, is a disadvantage. Antonella will talk about the most popular myths about bilingualism and how they are contradicted by research. Antonella will also discuss the importance of disseminating information about how the bilingual brain works.

Why language learning in children and adults always matters

Any child can learn more than one language without any effort.Bilingualism makes children’s brain more flexible, improves their attention, and gives them a range of benefits that last a lifetime.

But what about learning a second language later in life? Many people think it is difficult for adults to learn a second language well, but research shows that adults can reach very high proficiency levels and get many mental advantages too.

Edinburgh Central Library Saturday 16 March, 2013, 14:00 – 16:00


Speaking in tongues

An event at Innovative Learning Week at the University of Edinburgh on how to engage research in society. A screening of the film-documentary “Speaking in Tongues” (60 minutes), followed by debate/discussion on multilingualism in the UK and the importance of information, led by Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics and Director of Bilingualism Matters.