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Why multilingualism is a resource in any languages

18 January 2022, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

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In this talk, Professor Antonella Sorace will talk about multilingualism and the work that Bilingualism Matters is doing around the world.

This event is free.

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Research shows that multilingualism in any languages, regardless of prestige or worldwide diffusion, can provide a range of cognitive and social benefits across the lifespan - although not in all cases and in all contexts. However, there are still many misconceptions about what it means to be or become bi/multilingual.

In this webinar, Professor Sorace will outline some of the myths, emerging facts and implications of language learning for different communities, focusing in particular on minority languages and on the urgency of preserving linguistic and cultural diversity.

She will also show what the information and public engagement centre Bilingualism Matters is doing in Scotland and through the 30 branches of its international network to enable people to make informed decisions on multilingualism.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in multilingualism and multilanguage acquisition.

Bridging Educational Sciences with Practice in Education seminar series

The event is part of this knowledge exchange seminar series which aims to bridge educational sciences with practice in education. IOE, in collaboration with Cambridge Primary Education Trust (CPET) and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Teaching School Hub, brings you ten leading experts in the field of Education and Psychological Sciences who will engage with you, presenting their work, and outlining policies and new strategies in education.

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About the Speaker

Professor Antonella Sorace

Professor of Developmental Linguistics at University of Edinburgh

Professor Sorace is an experimental linguist, specialising in bilingualism across the lifespan. She is also a Fellow of British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Antonella is also the founder and director of Bilingualism Matters, an information and public engagement centre with branches all over the world, which aims to bridge the divide between researchers and the community at large about the facts and benefits of learning multiple languages, particularly among children.