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UCL BiLingo: A bilingualism /multilingualism Information and Education Service
Psychology and Language Sciences & Institute of Education

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Welcome to UCL BiLingo!

BiLingo Founding Members

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BiLingo is a UCL-based Bilingualism/Multilingualism Education and Information Service that aims to provide the London community and key agencies in the capital with the most up-to-date research-based advice, information, support and training on childhood bilingualism/multilingualism and learning English as an Additional Language (EAL).

We are living in the most linguistically diverse city in the world! The latest official figures reveal that more than 300 languages are spoken in London’s schools, offering new cultural perspectives and linguistic richness to all of London’s pupils. Very many of these bilingual/multilingual children growing up in London attend Complementary Schools (Community Language Schools) on Saturdays/evenings to maintain their home language(s) in addition to their Mainstream School, where they acquire English as an Additional Language (EAL children). BiLingo’s bespoke service is available to anyone interested or involved with raising, educating, and caring for bilingual/multilingual and EAL children.

Research funding success!

Prof. Li Wei & Dr Froso Argyri, founding members of UCL BiLingo will be working with Dr Frederique Liegeois & Dr Jonathan Clayden from the UCL Institute of Child Health on a new childhood bilingualism research project:

'Early childhood bilingualism: Effects on brain structure and function'

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

UCL BiLingo Staff Language Survey

We are grateful to ALL colleagues for taking the time to complete our survey.  To date, the survey has been completed by 853 UCL staff members and over 80 different languages have been represented. The UCL BiLingo Staff Language Map showcases UCL's linguistic and cultural richness! More data will be added soon.

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Languages Most Widely Spoken by UCL Staff (who completed the UCL BiLingo Staff Survey)

Languages Widely Spoken BubbleLanguages Most Widely Spoken at UCL