Upcoming events

  • Wed
    23
    Aug
    2017

    Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill?

    20:20New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

    Originally, our brains were designed to be multilingual, managing two or more languages easily. Our Deputy Director, neuroscientist Thomas Bak reckons that, like sedentary lifestyles and an unhealthy diet, the monolingualism that’s come with modern society has its consequences. Research has shown that speaking only one language makes our thinking skills decline faster as we age and can actually make us more vulnerable to dementia in later life. So why aren’t public health campaigns addressing this? Should Fitbits be monitoring our speech as well as our steps?

    Part of the 2017 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at the Edinburgh Fringe - tickets at Edfringe

     

  • Fri
    25
    Aug
    2017

    Twitter Q&A

    16:00 - 17:00#askbiling

    If you think monolingualism might be making you ill or you need to know about the hidden talents of minority languages, but can’t make along to our fantastic Edinburgh Fringe Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas shows this year, you can join our live Twitter Q&A on Friday 25th August 2017 from 4pm to 5pm (BST).

    Professor Antonella Sorace and Dr Thomas Bak will be on hand to answer your questions. Use the hashtag #askbilingual to leave your questions.

    Follow Bilingualism Matters on Twitter: @bilingmatters
    Follow Thomas Bak on Twitter: @thbaketal

  • Fri
    08
    Sep
    2017
    Sat
    09
    Sep
    2017

    Language revitalization and the transformation of family life

    Edinburgh

    Workshop is part of series organised by Revitalise research network. More details here:

    http://revitalise.aber.ac.uk/en/events/workshop-2/

  • Tue
    26
    Sep
    2017

    Languages Day Assembly

    George Watson's College, Edinburgh

    This is an event for parents, carers and teachers at George Watson's College. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate parents and carers of pupils at other schools.

    If this topic interests you, please contact your headteacher and ask them to contact us to discuss the possibility of organising a similar session at your child's school.

  • Fri
    29
    Sep
    2017

    Explorathon - EU Researcher's Night

    12 noon - 6pmLeith Labs at Ocean Terminal

    We'll be celebrating Explorathon, European Researchers’ Night, with Leith Labs at Ocean Terminal. Expect lots of fun activities and interesting information for bilingual families and all families with an interest in language learning! More details coming soon.

  • Fri
    13
    Oct
    2017
    Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017

    The selectivity of native language attrition

    Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh

    We're pleased to host this two-day workshop “The selectivity of native language attrition” as part of the ESRC-funded First Language Attrition Seminar Series (ES/M001776/1) led by Monika Schmid (University of Essex).

    Full details can be found here.

  • Wed
    25
    Oct
    2017

    Schools Information Series: South Ayrshire EAL Parent Forum

    09:30Ayr

    This is an event for EAL Parent Forum in South Ayrshire.

    If this topic interests you, please contact your headteacher or parent forum and ask them get in touch with us to discuss the possibility of organising a similar session at your child's school.

  • Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017

    ALTRAM Conference

    Cookstown, N. Ireland

    Conference on Irish medium education

  • Mon
    06
    Nov
    2017
    Tue
    07
    Nov
    2017

    Talk to Polish community

    Rome

    Conference organised by the Polish Embassy in Rome

  • Thu
    09
    Nov
    2017

    Minority languages: resources and opportunities

    11:30 - 12:30Edinburgh University

    Research on bilingualism over the lifespan shows that knowing more than one language – any language – can benefit the mind. Join Prof Antonella Sorace discussing why research tells us all languages are worth learning and how minority languages, such as Gaelic and Sardinian, are a particularly precious resource. The talk will be followed by a Q & A session.

    Part of the Edinburgh Gaelic Festival 2017.

    Booking details coming soon.

  • Wed
    15
    Nov
    2017
    Fri
    17
    Nov
    2017

    AThEME project - Consortium and Dissemination Meetings

    Barcelona

    Meeting of EU-funded AThEME project partners, which is studying multilingualism in Europe and for which Bilingualism Matters is key dissemination partner.

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017

    British Academy workshop on Cypriot Greek

    University of Westminster, London