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.
April 2020: Multilingual language use during the Covid-19 pandemic
Are you a multilingual family in the UK or Ireland? How is the lockdown affecting your children's use of English and of their other language(s)? Take part in our short survey and let us know. You will also have the opportunity to enter a prize draw: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GNTVG6C
This study is being run by researchers at the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism and Bilingualism Matters@Reading at the University of Reading in collaboration with researchers from CamBilingNetwork at the University of Cambridge, UCL BiLingo at UCL, the University of Oxford and NALDIC, Mother Tongues Ireland, and We Live Language. You can find more information about taking part by clicking on the link.
March 2020: We Speak Multi website launched!
Over the last year or more the CBN team has been busy working with antenatal practitioners and others to develop resources for parents and caregivers in new families and those practitioners supporting them. You can now visit our new website: www.wespeakmulti.com
There you can find ways for parents, caregivers and wider family to think through their expectations of becoming a multilingual family; a recording of a webinar for practitioners, 'what antenatal teachers need to know about multilingual families'; and many more resources and FAQs.
Do take a look and share widely!