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Acquiring language in challenging circumstances

17 May 2023, 5:45 pm–7:45 pm

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Join this event to hear Chloë Marshall draw upon more than 20 years of research and her experience as a Montessori teacher to discuss challenges around acquiring language.

This event is free.

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Language, whether spoken or signed, is arguably Homo sapiens’ greatest achievement. Although most children seemingly acquire language without effort, for others the acquisition task is more challenging. 

In this lecture, Chloë will argue that studying these challenges and finding out how learners overcome them informs us about the cognitive processes involved in language acquisition and also informs us about how we can support language acquisition in all learners.

This event will be particularly useful for researchers, policy makers, teachers and linguists.

Please note this is a hybrid event and can be joined in-person or online.

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About the Speakers

Professor Chloë Marshall

Professor of Psychology, Language and Education at the Psychology and Human Development, IOE

Her research focuses on children with language and literacy difficulties, and on children who are deaf. She directs the ALLICC (Acquiring Language and Literacy in Challenging Circumstances) Lab and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal First Language.

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Professor Julie Dockrell (Respondent)

Professor of Psychology and Special Needs at the Psychology and Human Development, IOE

Her research interests are in patterns of language development and the ways in which oral language skills impact on children's learning, interaction and attainments. A central theme in this research has been the application of evidence based research to support children’s learning.

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Professor Li Wei (Chair)

Director and Dean at IOE

His research covers many aspects of bilingualism and multilingualism, including language acquisition in childhood, education policy and practice regarding bilingual and multilingual learners of minoritized and transnational backgrounds, and the cognitive benefits of language learning. He is editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism and the Applied Linguistics Review. He has won the British Association of Applied Linguistics Book Prize twice, for the Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism (with Melissa Moyer) and Translanguaging: Language, Bilingualism and Education (with Ofelia Garcia). He is a fellow of the British Academy, Academy of Social Sciences, UK, and Academia Europaea. 

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