Welcome to the homepage of the Cambridge Bilingualism Network! We're an initiative set up by researchers at the University of Cambridge who work with people of all ages and backgrounds who speak more than one language.

We know that raising and educating children to speak two or more languages doesn't just happen by itself. Our aim is to increase awareness about the benefits and challenges of bilingualism by sharing state-of-the-art research findings. We are also fostering partnerships between researchers, teachers, clinicians and parents of bilingual children by building interactive support networks whose members can ask and answer questions and share resources.

Our initiative is relevant to parents and professionals across the UK but it also has a strong regional focus, celebrating the linguistic and cultural diversity of Cambridgeshire.  We are proud to have received a Social Entrepreneurship Catalyst Award from HEFCE and UnLtd in support of our aims.

Take a look around our website to find information about upcoming events and news. Or why not join our network to receive updates?


June 2017: Mother Tongue Other Tongue

Cambridge Bilingualism Network is pleased to partner with Routes into Languages East for their annual Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition, which celebrates the multilingual richness of schools in our region. Secondary school students can enter by composing a poem in a foreign language, or presenting a poem or song in a home or community language. More details can be found on the Routes website or via this flyer - the closing date is 21st July! 

May 2017: Multilingualism and Well-being forums 

Cambridge Bilingualism Network researchers Napoleon Katsos, Ianthi Tsimpli and Brechtje Post have received funding to organise three forums on the theme of Multilingualism and Well-being, with the goal of exploring what we know about the connections between growing up with more than one language and life satisfaction. The forums will involve local teachers, practitioners and community representatives, as well as researchers from across the country, and aim to forge new projects and collaborations. 

April 2017: Your languages, Your future reaches 6000 views

The CBN mini-film Your languages, Your future has reached more than 6000 views on the University's YouTube channel! The film features local young bilinguals as well as the University's Vice-Chancellor to promote the idea of taking qualifications - and become biliterate - in community languages. Have you used the film in a group or classroom setting? Why not tell us about it! We would love to know how it is being used around the country.