On the 14 th of September 2019, Znaniye Russian School hosted the 2 nd Bilingual Conference “Understanding Growing up Bilingual”, the event was organised in partnership with the University of East London. Opened by Aina Mamaeva, the founder and director of Znaniye Russian School, followed by Patima Shareefy and Evie Hill who are heading development at Znaniye; Senior Lecturer from the School of Psychology UEL, Dr Virginia Lam; Doctoral Researcher, Layal Husain; RUDN University and many more.
The guests heard presentations about the benefits of studying a second language,
what academic research shows about growing up bilingual for both the child and
family, the development of Russian schools such as Znaniye and the growing
demand for learning Russian abroad. The conference then went into particular
detail about the methods Znaniye uses to ensure the best teaching and learning
as a leading Russian school, such as new methods of teaching language in a more
comprehensive and tangible manner through art, music, dance and maths, as well
as the cognitive benefits and growing research in the field of bilingual education.
The event was a great success with more attendees than expected; Guests
included parents and partners from Znaniye Russian School, representatives from
the Russian Education Consortium, the executive director of the National
Resource Centre for Supplementary Education, The hon. Secretary Newham
partnership for complementary education Martin Pinder and more.
Znaniye continues to understand the importance of and promotes the on-going
research into the area of bilingual education both in the UK and internationally.
Over the past year, the UEL Doctoral Researcher from the School of Psychology
was welcomed weekly into Znaniye Russian Schools largest branch in Startford to
conduct research with bilingual children. Layal is currently continuing her
The event was the second bilingual conference which followed on from 2018’s
“Growing up Bilingual: Educational Perspectives’ which was opened by the
Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko himself, showing the continued growing
interest in the study of Bilingual education amongst international partners,
universities and researchers.
Curious to know more about the first conference? Check out this post!
The school which has now promoted the study of Russian in the UK and abroad
for over 16 years, brings partners, new guests, educational influencers and
influential figures together to discuss the importance of bilingualism and research
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