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 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.
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.
Listen again to Dr Thomas Bak discussing bilingualism and ageing on BBC Radio Scotland:
Professor Antonella Sorace was recently interviewed by Italian newspaper L’Unione Sarda on the topic of Sardinian, a minority regional language spoken on the island of Sardinia. She explores the misconception that learning Sardinian will be detrimental to children’s education (where Italian is the dominant language).
Read a copy of the article (Italian language):Il bilinguismo? Fa bene al cervello
Scots living with dementia are being taught Spanish to help keep their minds active. The Lingo Flamingo project is based on research by the University of Edinburgh which shows learning a foreign language, even later in life, can help improve brain function.
On 13 February, Bilingualism Matters Director Prof. Antonella Sorace delivered a seminar to the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) – the world’s largest general scientific society. The seminar was titled “Bilingualism Matters” in recognition of the successful engagement programme that Prof. Sorace has helped to develop through the Edinburgh Centre and network of international Bilingualism Matters branches.
During the seminar, Prof. Sorace discussed ongoing research being carried out by experts at the University of Edinburgh’s Psychology and Linguistics departments. The research, focusing on the cognitive benefits of bilingualism, including in older learners – has been widely reported in the UK and international media.
November 18 2015: Prof. Antonella Sorace was an invited speaker at this year’s Norwegian Language Conference, focusing on the theme of Language Diversity in Tomorrow’s Schools.
Prof Sorace spoke about the importance of multilingualism for business, from a UK perspective. The event was followed up by press coverage in national newspaper Dagbladet. You can read the full Norwegian article here
The Financial Times has published an article on multilingualism in business, citing Bilingualism Matters Director Prof. Antonella Sorace. The article follows on from last week’s Business Breakfast, hosted by the Financial Times and Pearson and featuring Prof. Sorace as part of a distinguished panel.
Read the full article here (subscription may be required)
Pearson English have kindly made the video of Prof. Sorace’s presentation at the Business Breakfast event available online via their youtube chanel. Watch the video here.
Selection of media reports on research by Dr Thomas Bak on bilingualism and stroke recovery.
Alladi, S., Bak, T. H., Mekala, S., Rajan, A., Chaudhuri, J. R., Mioshi, E., … & Kaul, S. (2015). Impact of Bilingualism on Cognitive Outcome After Stroke. Stroke, STROKEAHA-115.