Bilingualism Matters was set up in 2008 in order to communicate what research shows us about speaking more than one language.
In 2014, our work will be recognised with the creation of a dedicated Centre at the University of Edinburgh.
We are excited about the future of bilingualism, and we hope you are too.
Through community talks, publications, research projects and media, Bilingualism Matters has reached thousands of parents, teachers, and policy makers across Edinburgh and beyond. There are now branches of Bilingualism Matters all over Europe – check out our list of branches to find one near you.
Research has shown that bilingualism is beneficial for children’s development and their future. Children exposed to different languages become more aware of different cultures, other people and other points of view. But they also tend to be better than monolinguals at ‘multitasking’ and focusing attention. They often are more precocious readers, and generally find it easier to learn other languages. Bilingualism gives children much more than two languages!
More recent research also suggests that learning another language can have benefits in later life, delaying the onset of dementia symptoms, and slowing cognitive aging. The good news is that these benefits seem to exist even when people learn a second language later in life. So it is never too late – see our for classes and meet up groups around Edinburgh.