Upcoming events

  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019

    RSA Rawthmells Friday Conversations

    14:00The Steps, Rawthmells (RSA House), London

    Antonella Sorace will host a conversation arguing that storytelling is good for bilingual brains, cultures and communities.

  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019

    AThEME Project Final Event

    Scotland House, Brussels, Belgium

    Multilingualism across the lifespan. Opportunities & Challenges for the European Citizen’ 

    The final event of the AThEME project is an opportunity to showcase the findings over the last five years to invited stakeholders from around Europe. More information on AThEME can be found here: http://www.atheme.eu/

    Programme of AThEME Final Conference

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    BHASHA: the Glasgow Language Festival

    11:00 to 19:00Mitchell Library, Glasgow

    The Bangladesh Association Glasgow has organised this festival to recognise and celebrate the increasingly multilingual nature of the city of Glasgow. As part of the programme, Antonella Sorace will give a talk entitled "Why two languages are better than one".

  • Tue
    19
    Feb
    2019

    Bilingualism Through Festivals

    14:002.06 Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh, 11 Crichton St, Edinburgh EH8 9LE

    Have you ever wondered what it is like to be multilingual? Have you ever wondered what happens in the bilingual brain? Join us for to get a glimpse of how these questions were explored by Edinburgh-based artists, schools and communities during the first Edinburgh Multilingual Stories Festival in December 2018. You will meet the festival organisers (Bilingualism Matters, Theatre Sans Accents, Polish Cultural Festival Association), engage in hands-on activities and experience a bilingual-inspired performance.

    This event is funded by the Festival of Creative Learning at the University of Edinburgh, and the event is now open for booking.

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019
    Sun
    03
    Mar
    2019

    ECIS MLIE Conference 2019: Unity Through Multilingualism

    Hotel Novotel London West

    Antonella Sorace on behalf of Bilingualism Matters is involved in several sessions at the ECIS Multilingual Learning in International Education Conference: https://ecismlieconference2019.sched.com/speaker/antonellas.

     

  • Wed
    06
    Mar
    2019

    Primary school talk: St Mark's

    13:30St Mark's RC Primary School, Oxgangs, Edinburgh

    This event is open to all parents and carers of children from the above school. We are unable to accommodate parents and carers of pupils from other schools, but if you are interested in a similar session at your own school please contact your headteacher.

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019

    Saturday school talk: Lusofonias – Oficinas de Portugues

    11:30Leith Academy, Edinburgh

    This event is open to all members of the Lusofonias Portuguese Saturday school in Edinburgh. We are unable to accommodate non-members, but if you are interested in a similar session at your own Saturday school or community group please get in touch.

  • Mon
    11
    Mar
    2019

    Language, Place and Identity: A Dissemination Workshop in Edinburgh

    12:30 – 16:00G32 7 George Square University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JZ

    This half day workshop intends to bring those working for, and with, children and young people together to discuss and develop understandings of bilingualism and language learning.

    The findings from a Carnegie Trust funded research project, 'Language, Place and Identity: exploring children's linguistic and cognitive development in heritage and community languages', will be distributed at this event. This project sought to gain a greater understanding of how young people navigate their bilingual identity. The research was a collaborative project between the Universities of Edinburgh (Bilingualism Matters and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships) and the University of the Highlands and Islands (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Inverness College).

    Speakers:

    • Professor Antonella Sorace, Director, Bilingualism Matters (University of Edinburgh)
    • Louise Glen, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland
    • Eòghan Stewart, Gaelic Professional Development Officer, SCILT
    • Jim Whanell, Chair of the Learning Committee, Bòrd na Gàidhlig

    There will also be opportunities for networking and roundtable discussion in order to promote collaborative working and shared learning.

    Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/language-place-and-identity-a-dissemination-workshop-in-edinburgh-registration-53646687687

  • Thu
    14
    Mar
    2019

    Language, Place and Identity: A Dissemination Workshop in Inverness

    11:00 – 15:00AL3/AL5 An Lòchran 10 Inverness Campus Inverness IV2 5NB

    This half day workshop intends to bring those working for, and with, children and young people together to discuss and develop understandings of bilingualism and language learning.

    The findings from a Carnegie Trust funded research project, 'Language, Place and Identity: exploring children's linguistic and cognitive development in heritage and community languages', will be distributed at this event. This project sought to gain a greater understanding of how young people navigate their bilingual identity. The research was a collaborative project between the Universities of Edinburgh (Bilingualism Matters and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships) and the University of the Highlands and Islands (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Inverness College).

    Speakers:

    • Professor Antonella Sorace, Director, Bilingualism Matters (University of Edinburgh)
    • Bernard Chisholm, Director of Education and Children's Services, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
    • Calum Alex MacMillan, Development Manager, Fèisean nan Gàidheal
    • Dr Clare Daly, Project Manager, Highland Migrant and Refugee Advocacy (HiMRA)

    There will also be opportunities for networking and roundtable discussion in order to promote collaborative working and shared learning.

    Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/language-place-and-identity-a-dissemination-workshop-in-inverness-registration-53643801053

  • Sat
    16
    Mar
    2019

    SATEAL 2019 Workshop - "Children's Multilingual Stories"

    Outreach Centre, University of Edinburgh

    Workshop at SATEAL (The Scottish Association for Teaching English as an Additional Language) 2019 Conference

    "Children's Multilingual Stories"

    Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be multilingual, or what actually happens in the bilingual brain? Join us to get a glimpse of how these questions were explored by Edinburgh based artists and researchers in schools and communities during the first Edinburgh Multilingual Stories Festival in December 2018. You will meet the festival organisers and engage in hands-on activities. You'll also have a chance to discuss how teachers can take this work forward as part of the curriculum. This workshop is organised by Katarzyna Przybycien (Bilingualism Matters, School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences) and Ania Byerly (Moray House School of Education) at the University of Edinburgh.

    Registration for the conference is now open

  • Tue
    19
    Mar
    2019

    Launch of Bilingualism Matters Chicago

    18:00Kasbeer Hall, 25 E. Pearson St, Loyola University, Chicago, USA
  • Mon
    25
    Mar
    2019

    Bilingualism Matters: A Global Initiative

    16:00American Councils for International Education 1828 L Street, NW Suite 1200 Washington, DC 20036

    Guest lecture and policy discussion, sponsored by the American Councils Research Center, featuring guest lecturer Professor Antonella Sorace. The lecture will be followed by an open discussion featuring Bob Slater (DLI in K-12); Dan Davidson (overseas immersion in higher education); and Richard Brecht (bilingualism in the workforce).

    https://www.americancouncils.org/events/bilingualism-matters-global-initiative

  • Fri
    29
    Mar
    2019

    Launch of Bilingualism Matters @ UoSC

    R2i2 Conference Center, University of South Carolina, USA
  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019

    Launch of Bilingualism Matters Hong Kong

    Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    https://www.cpr.cuhk.edu.hk/en/press_detail.php?id=3030&id=3030

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Primary school talk: Leith Walk

    14:00Leith Walk Primary School, Edinburgh

    This event is open to all parents and carers of children from the above school. We are unable to accommodate parents and carers of pupils from other schools, but if you are interested in a similar session at your own school please contact your headteacher.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    Why language learning opens the mind: old prejudices, trendy myths, and new research

    16:15 to 17:30 The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

    These are interesting times for both the scientific and the public understanding of multilingualism. Old prejudices about learning more than one language in childhood are still widespread, yet new misconceptions about the ‘bilingual advantage’ treat language learning as a panacea. We need two types of ‘bridges’ to debunk old and new myths: bridges that connect different research fields to help understand the interacting factors affecting multilingualism, and bridges to bring a balanced picture of multilingualism research to people from all sectors of society who need to make informed decisions. In this lecture, Antonella Sorace will describe how the research and public engagement centre Bilingualism Matters is successfully building both types of bridges worldwide.  More details

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Languages Shaping Our Lives @ Luminate Festival 2019

    10.30am to 12pmThe Town House, 57 High Street, Haddington, East Lothian EH41 3ED

    As part of the Luminate Festival, join Bilingualism Matters and Art Point Scotland for a great day of fun learning new languages, composing a song and painting. You will also have a chance to listen to Dr Thomas Bak and find out how important it is for all of us to be bilingual. Come talk together about the history of beautiful East Coast port towns – we want to hear from grandparents who remember how the new arriving people shaped community life.

    Part of Artpoint’s "Languages of Art" project where we work with the day centre and nursery to encourage younger and older people to learn languages. This event is free and all are welcome. Full details here.

    Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing organisation, delivers a diverse programme of creative events and activities throughout the year, including the biennial Luminate Festival, which runs from 1–31 May 2019. Their projects bring together older people and those from across the generations to explore our creativity as we age and share stories and ideas about what growing older means to all of us.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Bilingualism Matters Annual Event

    15:30 - 18:30Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

    The Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh Annual Event is an opportunity for our audience to connect with and inform our work. This year's programme will celebrate the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages and includes:

    - expert talks on bilingualism, Scots and British Sign Language
    - updates on our work over the last year
    - the opportunity to contribute to round table discussions and influence the future direction of our work in Edinburgh and Scotland
    - a short theatre performance that will challenge your perceptions of British Sign Language

    The event is free to attend and open to everyone - book your place now on Eventbrite.

    Programme details here.

  • Wed
    19
    Jun
    2019

    Engaging students and engaging general public: two sides of the same coin?

    16:05University of Edinburgh

    Session by Thomas Bak, Anna Temp and Katarzyna Przybycien as part of the University of Edinburgh Learning and Teaching Conference 2019.

  • Fri
    28
    Jun
    2019

    Art Speaks All Languages

    15:00 – 17:00University of Edinburgh Room G32, 7 George Square Edinburgh EH8 9JZ

    The Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre/ Syrian Future Project and Bilingualism Matters are delighted to be part of the 2019 Scottish Refugee Festival.

    Join us for this thought-provoking exhibition of art works created by members of the Syrian refugee community in Edinburgh, reflecting on language and the sense of home. These personal and individual experiences expressed by children, young people and adults, will inspire viewers to reflect on their own experiences and understanding of bilingualism and refugee languages.

    The event will be launched with a poetry reading by Ahmad Al-Ejja from Damascus. Ahmad graduated in Arabic language, literature and religious studies. He has been writing poetry for the last ten years and his latest publication is called "Features of the Soul".

    Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available. Registration is on Eventbrite.

    With thanks to the Scottish Episcopal St. Peter’s Church in Newington, for their assistance in providing the workshops venue, and to the Scottish Refugee Council for providing funding.

  • Sun
    04
    Aug
    2019

    Is a bilingual just two monolinguals in one brain?

    15:00Royal Society Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ

    Did you know that learning a second language changes your first language and changes how you think too? Discover why this is important in our increasingly multi-lingual society.
    Antonella Sorace will be giving a talk on two dates at the Royal Society Edinburgh as part of their Fringe presentation. Booking open on Eventbrite.

  • Thu
    08
    Aug
    2019

    Is a bilingual just two monolinguals in one brain?

    12:00Royal Society Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ

    Did you know that learning a second language changes your first language and changes how you think too? Discover why this is important in our increasingly multi-lingual society.
    Antonella Sorace will be giving a talk on two dates at the Royal Society Edinburgh as part of their Fringe presentation. Booking open on Eventbrite.

  • Fri
    16
    Aug
    2019

    Sex, Drugs and Bilingualism - Thomas Bak

    20:10New Town Theatre, 96 George St, Edinburgh EH2 3DH

    When it comes to sex, drugs and bilingualism, we fool ourselves if we believe we are objective, claims Thomas Bak (The University of Edinburgh). These topics touch our social, moral and religious values as well as deep emotions, including the fear of the ‘loss of control’. Beneath the surface of seemingly rational scientific debates rages a war for our souls. So, let’s give up the illusion of ‘objective science’, admit that everybody is wrong (at least occasionally) and look together behind the scenes of the passionately fought ‘bilingualism wars’ to find out why we love/hate languages.

    Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, tickets £10/£8

  • Sun
    18
    Aug
    2019

    Sex, Drugs and Bilingualism - Thomas Bak

    20:10New Town Theatre, 96 George St, Edinburgh EH2 3DH

    When it comes to sex, drugs and bilingualism, we fool ourselves if we believe we are objective, claims Thomas Bak (The University of Edinburgh). These topics touch our social, moral and religious values as well as deep emotions, including the fear of the ‘loss of control’. Beneath the surface of seemingly rational scientific debates rages a war for our souls. So, let’s give up the illusion of ‘objective science’, admit that everybody is wrong (at least occasionally) and look together behind the scenes of the passionately fought ‘bilingualism wars’ to find out why we love/hate languages.

    Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, tickets £10/£8

  • Fri
    20
    Sep
    2019
    Sun
    22
    Sep
    2019

    Bilingualism Matters Annual Conference

    Edinburgh

    The Bilingualism Matters Annual Conference is an opportunity for members of Bilingualism Matters branches to come together over a full weekend and discuss network governance, to take part general academic exchange in the open Research Symposium and to share best practice in public engagement practice.

    Registration for the full weekend is open to branch members only. Further details will be distributed through branch directors.

  • Sat
    21
    Sep
    2019

    Bilingualism Matters Research Symposium 2019

    Edinburgh

    Our Annual Research Symposium aims to provide an opportunity for researchers from across our Bilingualism Matters international network and beyond to come together to share and exchange ideas on any aspect of bilingualism, with a focus on dissemination potential beyond the academic world.

    Registration open soon. Full details here.

  • Fri
    27
    Sep
    2019

    Explorathon

    12:00 - 16:00Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

    We will be joining other researchers with fun activities communicating science to families and the general public. Come along, have fun and chat about languages! Free and drop-in. See the full Explorathon weekend programme in Edinburgh here.

  • Sat
    16
    Nov
    2019

    Language learning: the younger, the better?

    16:45Olimpia, London

    Come along to the Language Show in London and catch this talk by Antonella Sorace.

    Many people assume that languages are learned more easily and more completely by young children: according to this common view, there is an optimal period for language learning which coincides with childhood and most adult learners cannot reach very high proficiency levels even in ideal conditions. But is this really true? Recent research shows that languages can be learned across the lifespan, although in ways that are consistent with cognitive abilities available at different ages: younger is not necessarily better unless particular conditions are met. This workshop presented by Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics, University of Edinburgh will explore the implications of these findings for education and policy making.