Gaelic Medium Education in the Western Isles

Bilingualism Matters

The launch of the Western Isles branch of Bilingualism Matters took place at An Lanntair in Stornoway on the Thursday the 20th of October 2011. Professor. Antonella Sorace of Edinburgh University, the founder of Bilingualism Matters, was present to formally launch the new branch and she gave a short presentation on the benefits of bilingualism.

Research has shown that bilingualism is beneficial for children’s development and their future. Children exposed to different languages become more aware of different cultures, other people and other points of view. But they also tend to be better than monolinguals at 'multitasking' and focusing attention, they often are more precocious readers, and generally find it easier to learn other languages. Bilingualism gives children much more than two languages!

For more information on Bilingualism Matters please visit their website at www.bilingualism-matters.org.uk

Angus MacLennan

Click below to listen to the speeches given at the launch:

(Gaelic) Angus MacLennan - Bilingualism Matters

Antonella Sorace

Click below to listen to the speeches given at the launch:

(English) Antonella Sorace - Bilingualism Matters

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