Language Development & Cognition

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“The dynamics of reading and listening comprehension: developmental perspectives” The product of successful reading (and listening) comprehension is a coherent and accurate representation of the state of affairs described in the text: a mental model. A number of language and cognitive skills support the real-time construction of the mental model; these include vocabulary, grammar, higher-level discourse skills…
15:30 – 16:30:  Round table discussion (Michael Sadler SR 3.40) 17:00 – 18:00: Research talk: “Learner corpora and SLA theory: the importance of task design” (Clothworkers North Building LT  2.31 (Cinema))
In this workshop, you will learn now to use the intuitive Builder interface PsychoPy, including some of its recently developmed features (e.g. running studies online). This interface aims to be easy enough for use in undergraduate teaching, yet flexible enough for high-precision experimental psychology. Getting started with basic experiments is really easy, but this workshop…
Speaker: Draško Kašćelan, University of Leeds Abstract: A large body of literature has indicated executive function benefits in bilinguals (see Barac et al., 2014 for a review). On the other hand, the same area has been reported as an area of difficulty in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) (Schuh & Eigisti, 2012). Considering these…
Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are thought to be the gold-standard level of proof for running and evaluating language interventions. Increasingly adopted from medical research into the social sciences, RCTs are highly valued since they are designed to eliminate as many sources of bias as possible from the scientific process, allowing maximum confidence in experimental findings….
Research talk by Dr Cat Davies (Linguistics & Phonetics) Inferencing is essential for children’s understanding of extended discourse, but relatively little is known about which experiences might encourage inferencing skills during the preschool years. Using a randomised control trial, we tested the effect of increasing exposure to inferential questions during shared book reading on 4-year-olds’…
EAL learning, pedagogy, and materials A workshop presented by Annina Hessel (University of Oxford) Wednesday 11th of October, from 16:30 to 18:00 University of Leeds (Parkinson SR B.08)   The session will start by giving an overview of facts about pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL), including (i) the relationship between English proficiency and educational…
The Language Development & Cognition satellite will hold a mini poster conference to showcase the research of PhD students. For further information and a preliminary programme, please see here.
Part of the Sadler Seminar series on young bilinguals and their language of schooling.
Part of the Sadler Seminar series on young bilinguals and their language of schooling.