Future events

National Association of Language Advisers Annual Conference 2018

Thomas is speaking at this year’s NALA Annual Conference  which runs from 29-30th June 2018.


Past events

Session for parents in Gothenburg

Dina is holding a session for parents in Gothenburg on 21st April 2018.


Gothenburg, Skola for alla, April, 2018

Dina is speaking at a conference for teachers and school leaders at a conference in Gothenburg on 20th April 2018.


Hong Kong, International Schools Conference, March 2018

Dina is giving a key note at the symposia organised by the Council for International Schools in Hong Kong, 8th and 9th March 2018


Rethinking language education in European Schools, February 2018

Very energised by contributing to the event organised by EU Commission. Seeing Scoil Bhríde, Dublin case study of transformation just proves yet again that everything we promote under Healthy Linguistic Diet is realistic and brings inspiring expected and unexpected successes!!

The cognitive benefits of learning a language – the science behind it and implications for practice and policy

London, House of Lords

Thomas and Dina are invited to present their work to: All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages, on Monday 29 January (4- 6 pm) in House of Lords Committee Room 4.

Recent studies in neuroscience indicate that using more than one language has benefits for the brain, including cognitive performance and protection from neurodegenerative diseases.

At this meeting the APPG will hear from researchers leading work in this field, including implications for policy and practice (with reference to policy work that has been conducted at European level) and the current British Academy/UCL research project on the cognitive benefits of language learning.


  • Thomas Bak, University of Edinburgh
  • Dina Mehmedbegovic, UCL Institute of Education
  • Li Wei, UCL Institute of Education
  • Bencie Woll, UCL.

Chaired by

Nia Griffith MP, Chair; & Baroness Coussins, Co-Chair

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