Literacy and Learning Seminar Series - Seminar 3
At each seminar within the 'Literacy and Learning' series, two papers will be presented with opportunities for questions and discussion.
Dr Meesha Warmington (Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of York)
'Current Issues in Bilingual Cognitive-Linguistic Processing'
More than half of the world’s population is bilingual (i.e., people living with and speaking two or more languages). For example, over 300 languages are spoken in the homes of people living in England. This richness in linguistic diversity not only adds to the socio-cultural tapestry, but has implications for our understanding of neurological as well as cognitive-linguistic development. I will examine the interrelationships amongst executive skills and oral language in modulating reading comprehension in Hindi-English children (aged 8-11 years) attending primary school in England and India, taking into account their SES. The results will provide insight into the role of executive processes in bilingual literacy development and assess whether oral language and SES play a role in shaping this relationship.
Dr Lorna Hamilton (Lecturer, Psychology, York St John University)
Lorna’s interests relate to cognitive development throughout the lifespan. In particular, she is interested in the development of children’s language, literacy and numeracy skills, and developmental disorders that affect development in these areas, such as dyslexia and specific language impairment. Lorna’s doctoral research focused on early home literacy environment as a protective factor in the literacy development of children at family risk of dyslexia.
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