Institute of Education


Cross curriculum benefits of multilingual learning

19 October 2021, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Professor Li Wei with 20 Bedford Way in the background

Professor Li Wei, Director and Dean of the UCL Institute of Education will review some of the key arguments and evidence for the benefits of learning multiple languages, as well as learning through multiple languages.

This event is free.

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Scientists have shown that being bilingual and multilingual has distinctive advantages over monolinguals in terms of cognitive control. Education researchers have also provided evidence that achievements in language learning have a range of cultural and economic benefits.

Does language learning also benefit the learning of other subjects across the curriculum? Are there particular ways of cross-curriculum working that support both language learning and the overall academic achievements of the students?

Professor Li Wei will explore these questions in this talk. Practical and pedagogical issues of managing multilingual learning will also be discussed.

This event will be particularly useful for primary and secondary education school leaders and teachers, and students in education.

Bridging Educational Sciences with Practice in Education seminar series

The UCL Institute of Education, in collaboration with Cambridge Primary Education Trust (CPET) and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Teaching School Hub, are delighted to invite you to attend the first seminar series that aims to bridge educational sciences with practice in education. Ten leading experts in the field of Education and Psychological Sciences will engage with you and present their work, and outline policies and new strategies in education.


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About the Speaker

Professor Li Wei

Director and Dean of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

Professor Li Wei is an elected Fellow of the British Academy, Member of Academia Europaea, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (United Kingdom), and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Prior to his appointment as IOE’s Director and Dean in March 2021, he held a Chair of Applied Linguistics, was Director of the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the UCL Institute of Education, and directed the ESRC UCL, Bloomsbury (Birkbeck, SOAS, LSHTM) and East London Doctoral Training Partnership. Until the end of 2014, he was Pro-Vice-Master of Birkbeck College, University of London, where he was Chair of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Birkbeck Graduate Research School. His research interests are in bilingualism and multilingualism. He founded a number of journals in linguistics and education.

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