We are very excited to launch this first issue of our Bilingualism Matters at Penn State newsletter! It is our hope that this newsletter will open up new avenues and opportunities for dialogue with you, the folks in our local and national communities, about bilingualism and language science research. But first, let us introduce ourselves…
Who are we?
Penn State’s Center for Language Science (CLS) is an interdisciplinary group of linguists, psycholinguists, applied linguists, speech-language pathologists, and cognitive neuroscientists who share an interest in language acquisition and bilingualism. We are the first US chapter of Bilingualism Matters, an international organization based in Edinburgh, Scotland, dedicated to communicating bilingualism research findings to the general public to promote informed decisions about language pedagogy and policy, and raising multilingual children. Our Bilingualism Matters at Penn State Steering Committee consists of CLS faculty and students as well as local community members. This year, we were delighted to welcome new members Kimberly Brown, Assistant Director of The Bennett Family Center, and Jill Putnam, Assistant Director of The Child Care Center at Hort Woods. Our work has only just begun, so if you are a community member interested in getting involved, please e-mail branch coordinator Frances Blanchette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will you find in this newsletter?
This newsletter is an opportunity for us to share with you some of the most recent findings in research on bilingualism, to provide language and learning tips, and to update you on our latest news and events. Our newsletters include two research summaries, seasonal tips and suggestions for language learning, and updates on what we’ve been up to as well as upcoming events. Our featured member section introduces you to a member of the Bilingualism Matters at Penn State community who has been particularly active and engaged in community outreach. We hope you will enjoy getting to know us and our work through our newsletter. We welcome your questions, comments, and feedback, and we hope you’ll be in touch! Click on the titles above to navigate through the newsletter or download a pdf version here: Spring & Summer 2016.
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