Bilingualism Matters@Rijeka is a branch of the Bilingualism Matters information centre, headquartered at the University of Edinburgh. Our branch is hosted by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka.

Our understanding of bilingualism is very broad: we define it as regular use of more than one language in everyday life, where the speaker's command of each of these languages is neither necessarily equal, nor necessarily perfect.

Our aim is to:

  • Disseminate accurate and scientifically founded information about bilingualism
  • Offer expert advice on bilingualism
  • Raise awareness of the importance and benefits of bilingualism
  • Promote bilingualism in society

Our activities encompass various forms of bilingualism present in our community, to wit:

  • Learning foreign languages
  • Learning Croatian as a second and foreign language
  • Using Croatian dialects
  • Using minority and endangered languages

Our activities include:

  • Giving talks, seminars and workshops
  • Organising and participating in public panel and round table discussions
  • Promoting and organising non-formal foreign language learning
  • Additional teaching of foreign languages, including Croatian as a second or foreign language
  • Participating in linguistic and cultural events, as well as organising such events
  • Organising competitions in various forms of artistic linguistic expression
  • Maintaining the branch's web pages
  • Answering e-mail and telephone enquiries from the public
  • Communicating with the public via social networks
  • Holding drop-in sessions for the public
  • Working with the media

Through our activities, we wish to bridge the gap between researchers and our community and contribute to the fostering and preservation of our community's linguistic and cultural diversity.



Bilingualism Matters was founded by Professor Antonella Sorace at the University of Edinburgh.


Bilingualism Matters@Rijeka has been established within the „Advancing the European Multilingual Experience (AThEME)” project.


This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 613465.