Multilingual Living is delighted to announce that we won the 2010 Multilingual Matters Award for Multilingualism in the Community! I cannot even begin to tell you what an honor it is to win this award from such a respected group of multilingual experts.
Multilingual Matters is more than a highly respected publishing company. It is a multilingual family business run truly from the heart, a rare find in companies these days. Each member of the team is dedicated to furthering our understanding of multilingualism via the research and expertise of foremost experts in the fields of languages and cultures. Thus, to have won this award from such a dedicated and respected publishing house means a great deal to us.
I am sad to say that Multilingual Matters recently discontinued its quarterly publication, The Bilingual Family Newsletter, which started in 1984. The Bilingual Family Newsletter was the first publication I turned to back in 2002 and had it not been for Multilingual Matters and their wonderful quarterly publication, I am not sure that I would have had the courage and research to put together those early Bilingual/Bicultural Family Network parent gatherings.
Our winning The Multilingual Matters Award for Multilingualism in the Community is bittersweet. It brings with it the realization that the success of Multilingual Living and our social media networks comes at the expense of a declining interest in print newsletters. A trend that I acknowledge painfully and with much resistance.
What follows was written by Sami Grover in the final issue of the Bilingual Family Newsletter:
To support those picking up the torch, Multilingual Matters is launching an annual award to be given to individuals or organizations that are actively supporting bilingualism or bilingual education. The fact that the first award will go to Corey Heller’s Multilingual Living website (MultilingualLiving.com) – itself a vibrant hub for all things multilingual, leaves me confident that the future of bilingualism is in good hands.
There are so many worthy individuals and organizations out there. Please contact Multilingual Matters today to apply for this distinguished award. I look forward to sharing the spotlight with each and every future winner!
To apply for The Multilingual Matters Award for Multilingualism in the Community, request an application form from Multilingual Matters: firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries will be accepted until 1st June 2011.