March 2017 Newsletter

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Edinburgh Branch

Coming Soon

We are excited to be part of Language Show Live Scotland in Glasgow on 10th to 11th March with our partners from the European project AThEME (Advancing the European Multilingual Experience). The event is free to attend and you can catch up with us several ways:

Dates for your diary

Friday 12th May at 3pm - Bilingualism Matters Annual Event
Featuring seven amazing speakers in one hour covering everything you ever needed to know about bilingualism and language learning, activities and displays to blow your mind from our amazing group of volunteers and students, plus a language ceilidh and art installation. Registration details coming soon.

Saturday 3rd June - Bilingualism Matters Family Event
Games and activities for children and families, experts to answer all your questions, and representatives from local bilingual family groups.
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
Recent Events
The Bilingualism Matters team has been busy delivering talks and information sessions around Edinburgh, Europe and further afield.
  • Prof Antonella Sorace received a warm reception at Brown University in the USA on 22nd February, where she delivered a special public lecture on  'Multilingualism: an investment for life’ at the Brown Institute for Brain Science.
  • Dr Thomas Bak, one of our Deputy Directors, gave a European Commission keynote speech in Brussels on 24th January, entitled 'Cognitive costs & benefits of multilingualism & language learning'. This was followed by a fascinating discussion that demonstrated the need for interdisciplinary dialogue and knowledge exchange. Dr Bak also visited Norway at the start of February, visiting the Bilingualism Matters team in Trondheim, giving talks on bilingualism there and in Oslo.

As part of the University of Edinburgh's Festival of Creative Learning, we hosted fun language learning workshops with Theatre Sans Accents. Over 40 people had the chance to explore language learning through theatre in three workshops on Wednesday 22nd February. Thanks to everyone who took part, and to Marion from Theatre Sans Accents for leading such an enjoyable and educational language experience!

  • Our Deputy Director, Dr Vicky Chondrogianni, visited Dalry Nursery in Edinburgh on 31st January. We received encouraging feedback from the large group of parents of bilingual children, who learned about the importance of their home languages and had the opportunity to have their individual questions answered.
  • Kat Przybycien, our Research and Outreach Coordinator, attended a parent's evening at Cowgate Nursery in Edinburgh with a couple of our fantastic volunteers, giving bilingual parents the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what research tells us on bilingualism.

We deliver talks and information sessions to schools and nurseries around Edinburgh on childhood bilingualism. If you would like to hear more, please contact your headteacher or nursery manager to discuss the possibility of organising a similar session with us at your child's school.


Further Information

Our full range of information leaflets, including those for families, teachers and policy makers, are available to download from our website. Please contact our office if you require paper copies.



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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