Press release in connection with the launch of Polish bilingualism campaign

Polish bilingualism campaign “Give your child the gift of your native language” (“Podaruj dziecku swój język ojczysty”)

The aim of the international campaign is to reach parents of Polish origin who live outside of Poland and inform them about the benefits of bilingualism, provide advice on raising bilingual children and to promote research news in the field of bilingualism. The campaign aims also to promote the development of literacy skills in Polish, encourage the maintenance of other home languages and early support for the acquisition of the official language of the country of residence. The campaign is run by the Association for the Promotion of the Polish Language Abroad (APPLA, www.appla.org) – a non-profit organisation with an international reach, based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

The campaign aims to reach the Polish audience through printed leaflets, free guide “Bilingualism in questions and answers” (Polish: “Dwujęzyczność w pytaniach i odpowiedziach”), website www.podarujdzieckujezyk.org, social media as and video materials (in preparation). In 2015, thanks to the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland, the campaign is run in 11 countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Polish Embassies and Consulates in all the countries are actively supporting the campaign by distributing the printed materials to Polish parents and Polish organisations. Centres of research on bilingualism and linguistic departments from a number of universities in Europe support the campaign as its honorary patrons. This includes: Cambridge Bilingualism Network at Cambridge University, Ulster Centre on Multilingualism at the University of Ulster, Cambridge Bilingualism Network at Cambridge University, Department of General Linguistics at the University of Barcelona, Institute of Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna, Centre for Multilingualism at the University of Konstanz, Growing up Bilingual at Utrecht University and Bilingualism Matters branches at De Taal Studio in Amsterdam, University of Nantes, University of Tromsø, University of Trento and University of Milano-Biccoca.

The Institute of Polish Language at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of Polish Language Enthusiasts are also supporting the campaign as are Polish organisations throughout Europe (full list is available at http://www.podarujdzieckujezyk.org/materialy-kampanii/)