Institute of Education


The multilingual school: where are we and where should we go?

Start: Jun 29, 2017 06:00 PM
End: Jun 29, 2017 07:00 PM

Location: Room 728, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Dr Jon Andoni Duñabeitia

Multilingual schools are no longer the exception and the presence of more than one language in the classroom is a common reality.

But do we know how to efficiently organise truly multilingual schools? Are we aware of the multiple cognitive consequences of being immersed in multilingual learning contexts?

In this lecture Dr Jon Andoni Duñabeitia will discuss some recent findings from the field of cognitive neuroscience and education, with the aim of dissipating some widely accepted yet incorrect neuromyths.

Addressing the questions above, he will focus on the surprising way in which speaking a foreign language alters the human decision system and emotional reactivity.

Besides, Dr Duñabeitia will detail recent innovative and inclusive educational methods based on mixing language at school, and present evidence on how different languages are represented in the human brain and how multilingualism impacts domain-general cognitive functions.

About the speaker

Dr Jon Andoni Duñabeitia is a cognitive neuroscientist and leader of the Multilingual Literacy group at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL), Spain. His main research interests focus on the study of the neurobiological substrates of multilingualism and reading throughout life. He is also committed to the development of research-based and scientifically grounded new educational methodologies to reshape multilingual schools.


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The talk will be followed by a drinks reception. Attendance is free but places are limited.

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