Multilingualism in the Community Award 2014

Multilingual MattersWe are pleased to announce the 2014 Multilingual Matters Award for Multilingualism in the Community. The award aims to promote multilingualism in families, schools and communities. Every year we award £2000 to a group or individual that needs financial support in setting up and running a project to promote and develop multilingualism. This could be a website, a newsletter, school or playgroup, or something else entirely, and can be based anywhere in the world. The only conditions are that your proposal must primarily be about languages and language use and that the money must be used for community projects and not to fund academic research.

Language Cafés
Language Cafés
Multilingual Art Studio
Multilingual Art Studio

So far we have had entries for a variety of different projects and you can read more about previous winners here:

2011 Multilingual Living

2012 Language Cafes

2013 Multilingual Art Studio

We are now accepting applications for the 2014 award, and we will announce the winner in January 2014. All you need to do is fill out the Multilingual Matters Award entry form and send it to by 31 October 2013 with ‘Multilingualism in the Community Award’ in the subject line. If you have any questions about the award please get in touch at We look forward to receiving your entry!

The Ton Vallen Award

We are honoured to announce our support for the Ton Vallen award set up by Tilburg University. This award will be given to the author of an article on sociolinguistic and educational issues in multicultural societies which was published in a journal in 2011. Authors must have obtained their PhD within the last 5 years and must submit their article by 1 July 2012, with the winner to be announced in September 2012. The winner will receive Multilingual Matters books as a prize.

The award was set up in memory of Ton Vallen who was Professor of Multilingualism and Education at Tilburg University. Vallen, who sadly died in 2011, was dedicated to the study of the complex issues of language in education in a society increasingly characterized by linguistic and cultural diversity and this award aims to honour his life and scholarship.

This award intends to advance research in this field and to encourage young postdoctoral researchers who often struggle to gain recognition and career opportunities. The award committee is made up of Jan Blommaert (chair), Guus ExtraSjaak KroonAd BackusJeanne KurversNancy Hornberger and Jens-Normann Jörgensen.

For further details please see the website:

Multilingual Living Wins the ‘Multilingualism in the Community Award’

Channel View Publications is delighted to announce the creation of a new award to support multilingualism in families, schools and communities. Each year we will award £2000 to a group or individual that needs financial support in setting up and running a project to promote and develop multilingualism. The recipient of the 2011 award is Corey Heller and her Multilingual Living website. Here she tells us how she came to set up her website and about her plans for the money.

In 2002, after an argument with my mother, I sat in front of my computer and did a long search for information about raising children in more than one language. I was frustrated, concerned, worried and nervous. My German husband and I had decided that we definitely wanted to raise our son bilingually and that we would make German, my second language, our home language. I was delighted with our decision. My mother was not. She felt hurt and disappointed. She was worried that her first-born grandson would not recognize her as part of our family since she spoke a different language. She felt that I was rejecting my native language and country. When my son said his very first words, all of which were in German, she felt left out.

Corey's children

Although my web search in 2002 came up rather empty, I did find one resource that had exactly what I was looking for: Multilingual Matters. The publications which I found there were amazing. They opened up a whole new world that I did not even know existed: research, case studies, articles, information, interviews and support all about multilingualism. I was in heaven. Not only did publications like The Bilingual Family Newsletter and A Parents’ and Teachers’ Guide to Bilingualism give me reassurance about my mother’s reactions, they made me realize what I wanted to do: I wanted to create an online network where families around the world could find information and support in raising children in more than one language and culture.

Corey with her daughter Marie

When I was told that Multilingual Living had won the 2011 Multilingual Matters Multilingualism in the Community Award, which included over $3,000 in prize money, I was breathless! After all of these years of dedication and focus, it is an honor to be recognized by the company that I have looked up to all of these years for trustworthy guidance and information on multilingualism.

The award money will help keep Multilingual Living going strong for yet another year by covering many of our day-to-day expenses. It will also help us finally complete a number of community outreach projects and parent support packets that we have had in the works for some time but haven’t had the resources to finish. In particular, we would like to put together some printed booklets consisting of articles from the Multilingual Living Magazine back issues. The award money will help to make this happen.

Ultimately, the greatest honor is that of being recognized for having succeeded in that which we set out to accomplish. Thank you Multilingual Matters for celebrating our efforts with this distinguished award. We wear it with pride.

Corey Heller
Multilingual Living

Watch this space for information on how to apply for the 2012 award and also for more details from Corey on how she uses the money. If you would like more information about the award please email