To achieve this, AThEME will build on Bilingualism Matters, a successful public outreach initiative that connects researchers with families, educators, health care workers, and policy makers across Europe.
Bilingualism Matters branches will be set up in all countries participating in the AThEME project, so that findings can be communicated at the local level, as well as internationally.
Bilingualism Matters will work in partnership with De Taalstudio, a small-medium enterprise based in Monnickendam, whose work focusses on language and multilingualism. De Taalstudio has extensive experience in disseminating information about multilingualism to different sectors of society. Together, AThEME, Bilingualism Matters, and De Taalstudio will raise awareness of multilingualism in Europe, and empower people to make informed decisions.
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The Bilingualism Matters branch in the United Kingdom is a Centre at the University of Edinburgh, founded by Prof. Antonella Sorace. They study bilingualism and language learning, and communicate what they know to enable people to make informed decisions based on scientific evidence.
The Bilingualism Matters branch in Italy is based at the University of Trento under the name Bilinguismo Conta. Their aim is to provide general information and advice about bilingualism to the general public, including requests for advice from individual families.
The Bilingualism Matters branch in Germany is a Centre called Zentrum für Mehrsprachigkeit and is based in Konstanz. The Centre targets being a central junction and network at the University of Konstanz as well as the city of Konstanz and beyond.
The Bilingualism Matters branch in Croatia is based at the University of Rijeka. Their aim is to disseminate accurate and scientifically founded information about bilingualism, to offer expert advice on bilingualism, to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of bilingualism and to promote bilingualism in society.
The Bilingualism Matters branch in the Netherlands is based at De Taalstudio in Monnickendam. Their aim is to disseminate scientifically-based knowledge about multilingualism and to educate and assist parents and professional on the benefits and challenges of multilingualism.
The Bilingualism Matters branch in Slovenia is based at the University of Nova Gorica. Their aim is to inform the public, in particular families, about bilingualism and raising bilingual children, to support minority languages, to create a network for bilingual families to share their experiences and to support local policy makers working in language education.
The Bilingualism Matters branch in France is based at the University of Nantes. Their aim is to promote understanding about multilingualism based on scientific evidence and to help and support families of bilingual children.
The Bilingualism Matters branch in Spain is hosted by the Bilingual Mind Group at the University of the Basque Country. Their aim is to share evidence-based information about multilingualism through outreach work and dissemination of AThEME results and to allow people to make informed-decisions about bilingualism in their personal and professional lives.