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.
May 2018 CBN at HaBilNet1
Two members of the CBN team took part in the first Harmonious Bilingualism Network Colloquium in Brussels. Initiated by Prof Annick De Houwer, HaBilNet aims to help family bilingualism develop in harmonious ways. Besides discussing bilingualism research with a wide range of researchers from all over the world, we got to share a bit about CBN with our poster.
May 2018 Multilingualism and Wellbeing in UK - report
Last year the Bilingualism Network ran a series of forums on the theme of 'multilingualism and wellbeing', which brought together practitioners and researchers from across linguistics, education and psychology (generously funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account). We have now produced a brief report on the main points coming out of the forums.
May 2018 Multilingualism and Multiliteracy in India
One of CBN's team, Prof Ianthi Tsimpli, together with collaborators across the UK and India, has been leading an exciting project on multilingualism and multiliteracy in India. The goal of the project is to investigate under which circumstances a high quality multilingual education can be delivered in India where many children currently fail to achieve basic literacy and numeracy levels. Find out more, and watch a roundtable discussion, on the project website.