December 2016 Newsletter

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Edinburgh Branch

Event Highlights

Over the past few months, we have been delivering information sessions for schools, community organisations and cultural groups around Edinburgh and Scotland. Professor Antonella Sorace, Edinburgh Branch Director and Founder of Bilingualism Matters, has also been delivering talks and lectures on bilingualism in Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris, Norway and around Italy.

Bilingualism Matters AThEME researchers presented their work to the public
on 30th September at Explorathon, a celebration of European Researcher's Night in Edinburgh. Members of the public found out about the latest findings in bilingualism research and got to try out some of the tests used by academics to measure cognitive abilities. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us!

Prof Sorace has been working with SCILT (Scotland's National Centre for Languages) and Glasgow City Council to deliver a series of workshops in October and November, aimed at teachers throughout Scotland. Presented in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen, the workshops provided teachers with information to support bilingual learners in the classroom.

We have lots of exciting events coming up in 2017!
We are going to be at Language Show Live Scotland in Glasgow on 10th to 11th March, and we are working in partnership with Theatre Sans Accents to offer a fun language learning experience on 22nd February, as part of the Festival of Creative Learning at the University of Edinburgh. More details coming soon.

Keep up to date with our full events calendar by following us on Facebook, Twitter, or on our website.


Media Highlights

Research findings that are helping to change attitudes towards bilingualism and bilingual education have been in the headlines recently, particularly following a vote in the USA to overturn the ban on bilingual education in California.

Professor Sorace was interviewed by US media organisation NPR (National Public Radio). Read the full article on the NPR website: 6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education.

Thomas Bak, Deputy Director of Bilingualism Matters in Edinburgh, was interviewed on Public Radio International (PRI) for Should kids be learning in more than one language? Californians just decided "yes."

Staff Update

Earlier this year, we said goodbye to Madeleine Beveridge, Research Co-ordinator, who contributed immensely to the development of Bilingualism Matters both in Edinburgh and across the network. We now have two part-time members of staff based in the Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh office, working with Prof Sorace and the rest of the Edinburgh team:
  • Katarzyna Przybycien, Research and Outreach Co-ordinator
  • Christy Brewster, Administrator
We are working on ways to develop Bilingualism Matters
and how we engage with our stakeholders.

If you have any suggestions, please get in touch with Kat or Christy:
0131 650 2884

Bilingualism Matters International Network

The international network of Bilingualism Matters got together in Trento, Italy, in September. They met in person and by video link to discuss research findings and exchange inspirational ideas for branch development. The programme for the day and PDF copies of presentations are now available on our website.
We welcomed a new branch to the network in Trondheim, Norway, at the end of November. You can find out more about the new branch and explore the whole network from our Branch network page.
Some of our branches, including the Edinburgh headquarters, are part of the major European research project AThEME (Advancing the European Multilingual Experience). The latest AThEME newsletter is now available, with details on research taking place all over Europe.

Further Information

Information leaflets for families, teachers and policy makers are available to download from our website.



School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
University of Edinburgh
Dugald Stewart Building
3 Charles Street
Edinburgh EH8 9AD

 0131 650 2884

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