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Bilingualism Matters London is a branch of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which was founded at the University of Edinburgh by Professor Antonella Sorace in 2008.

Bilingualism Matters London was launched on 1 November 2019. Our aim is to bring together academic researchers from London-based higher education institutions, non-academic stakeholders, and members of the public in a collaborative knowledge exchange about bi-/multilingualism, language learning and their benefits.

Our branch and its activities will reinforce the key message that everyone can enjoy the benefits of having more than one language and that decisions taken about bi-/multilingualism and language learning must be informed by scientific evidence.

The branch is a consortium partnership with current members from the Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of London, the University of Westminster, and University College London Institute of Education. Any institutions from across the London area wishing to join the branch are invited to contact the Institute of Modern Languages Research in the first instance.

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Meet the Bilingualism Matters London team

Charles Burdett

Professor Charles Burdett

Director of the Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies (on research leave)
Professor in Italian Studies
Branch Director, Bilingualism Matters London

Petros Karatsareas

Dr Petros Karatsareas

Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, University of Westminster
​​​​​​​Branch Co-Director

Esther de Leeuw

Dr Esther de Leeuw

Reader in Experimental Linguistics and Phonetics, Queen Mary University of London

Li Wei

Professor Li Wei

Professor in Applied Linguistics, UCL Institute of Education, University College London
Branch Co-Director

Vally Lytra

Dr Vally Lytra

Reader in Languages in Education, Centre for Language, Culture and Learning, Goldsmiths, University of London

Giulia Pepe

Dr Giulia Pepe

Researcher in Italian Migration, Socio-Cultural Linguistics, Translanguaging, Multilingualism, Language and Identity, University of Westminster

Doctoral Volunteers

Xuran Han

Xuran Han

Institute of Education, University College London