Project Information 

This survey will take approximately 12 minutes to complete

What is this project about?
The aim of this project is to investigate how beliefs about multilingualism and language use may be affected in multilingual families in the UK and Ireland by school closures and social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We plan to use our findings to share language practices and ideas that may be useful to multilingual families for both English and their other language(s).
Who is running this project?
This study is led by researchers at the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism and Bilingualism Matters@Reading at the University of Reading in collaboration with researchers from CamBilingNetwork at the University of Cambridge, UCL BiLingo at UCL, the University of Oxford and NALDIC, Mother Tongues Ireland, and We Live Languages.

What are multilingual families?
For the purposes of this project we are considering families that include at least one child between the ages of 0 and 18 and who are living together during the lockdown period and the social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A family is multilingual if one or more languages other than English are used among family members either on their own or together with English.

What information are you collecting?
We are inviting multilingual families in the UK and Ireland to complete a survey at three different times. Once now during school closures and the social distancing measures, a second time at the beginning of the next school year, and once a year from now in April 2021. In April 2021 we will also invite those families that have completed all three questionnaires - and who have expressed an interest - to be interviewed. We will conduct online interviews with parents - and wherever possible with children - to ask them how their beliefs about multilingualism and their use of English and of their other language(s) may have changed over the year.

Is the data anonymous?
Yes, at the beginning of the survey we will ask you to self-generate an ID including your initials and your child's date of birth, but we will not ask you for your name or that of your children.
Why do you ask for my email at the end of the survey?
Your email address will be used to contact you for the next two phases of the project. You may be contacted with information on raising multilingual children and events and information aimed at parents from We Live Languages if you are interested. You will have the option to unsubscribe from these additional emails and only be contacted for the purposes of this project.
Will I know the results of the project?
We will send you a brief report summarising the main findings of the survey responses at time 1 and time 2, and a report at the end of the project with additional information from the interviews if you opt in to receive such information.

Will I be paid to take part?
You will not be paid but we will draw two £40 voucher prizes at each survey round. We will randomly choose the winner among those respondents that have left their email address at the end of the survey.
Is there a deadline to take part in the project?
This survey will be open until 15th June 2020. 
Where can I find out more about the study?
If you would like more information about the study please contact the lead researcher: Prof. Ludovica Serratrice on
Consent Form
  • I have read the information provided about the study on Multilingual Language Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • I understand that the project has been granted ethical approval by the Research Ethics Committee in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading (
  • I understand why this study is being done.
  • I understand what it means for my results to be used in this study.
  • I have had the opportunity to ask questions about the study.
  • I am happy with the answers that I received to any questions I have asked.
  • I agree to the arrangements described in the information on the study and the description of my involvement in this project. 
  • I understand that my participation in this project is entirely voluntary and that I have the right to withdraw from the study at any time. 
  • I understand that my personal details will not be used in the study, except to contact me if I choose to provide them to take part in follow up surveys and interviews, and in a prize draw.
  • I understand that I will be asked again to give consent when I am contacted  about the next phases of the study.

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* 1. I consent to taking part in this study

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* 2. We need you to create a memorable and unique ID so we can link your answers to the next phase of the study without making you identifiable.

Please follow the format InitialsDayMonthYear. For example, if your own name is Laura Doe and your first child was born on 16.09.2008 your memorable ID would be LD16092008

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