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DTU CALIDIE Lectures in Multilingualism and Learning: Vocabulary knowledge in linguistically diverse pupils: Beyond the single word & The development of reading comprehension and its components

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Speaker: Professor Victoria Murphy, University of Oxford & Professor Arne Ola Lervåg, University of Oslo
Event date: Thursday, 20 September 2018 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Place: Campus Belval, Maison du Savoir, room 4.050

Vocabulary knowledge in linguistically diverse pupils: Beyond the single word

Professor Victoria Murphy, University of Oxford

Vocabulary knowledge is important in developing literacy skills in young children. However, when we investigate vocabulary knowledge and its relation to other (literacy-based) skills we typically think only of single word units. In this presentation I discuss some research from our research team on vocabulary beyond the single word. These aspects of vocabulary are also important as we understand the development of vocabulary in linguistically diverse pupils and its relationship to literacy.

The development of reading comprehension and its components: Is it possible to improve language skills in preschool children with poor language skills?

Professor Arne Ola Lervåg, University of Oslo

The first part of this lecture will try to unpack the components of early reading comprehension in a developmental perspective. Several aspects of the Simple View of Reading have been tested in these studies in order to gain more in depth knowledge of the developmental processes. The second part will focus on randomized control trails that have been trying to improve language skills in both first- and second-language learners with poor language skills.

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Dr Victoria Murphy is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. Victoria’s research focuses on understanding the inter-relationships between child L2/FL learning, vocabulary and literacy development. Her work focuses on examining cross-linguistic relationships across linguistic systems in the emergent bilingual child and how foreign language learning in primary school can influence developing first language literacy.

Dr Arne Lervåg is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Oslo. His main area of research is the development of reading, language and cognitive competences in children. This includes both how these competences develop in childrenand how we best can teach them to children who for various reasons experience difficulties with them. He has done severalobservational studies randomized control trails and meta-analyses within this area.

 

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