We are a community of organisations and individuals who share the commitment to make the latest, research-based evidence on multilingualism and language learning available and accessible to families, communities, and professionals in education, health or policy.
Bilingualism Matters (BM) was established in 2008 at the University of Edinburgh as an information service for parents. In 2014 it became a Research and Information Centre. Since then, the model of public engagement developed in Edinburgh has been replicated in multiple Bilingualism Matters centres across the world, carrying out similar work in their own communities. All centres of Bilingualism Matters are members of the BM International Network.
Collectively, Bilingualism Matters is creating a new generation of researchers for whom public engagement becomes essential rather than an additional part of their work.
In 2022, Bilingualism Matters launched as a spin-out social enterprise from our original home at the University of Edinburgh. This new structure enables BM as an organisation to better serve the international network of research centres and further our collective mission to communicate research findings on bilingualism and language learning to the wider public.
We believe it is important that people make decisions about bilingualism and language learning based on the best available evidence.
To make the evidence available and accessible members of the Bilingualism Matters Network:
Get in touch with the branch most relevant to you - visit the BM Network page.