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Dr. Becky Chen - Multilingualism and Literacy Lab
Dr. Becky Chen - Multilingualism and Literacy Lab
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Multilingualism and Literacy Lab

 

Hello and welcome to our lab!

Our main project is a longitudinal study titled, "Ensuring reading success for all students in early French immersion" and examines language and literacy development among children in early French immersion programs in Toronto and Vancouver. There are three objectives to our study:

1) To understand cross-language transfer of metalinguistic skills between English and French.

2) To compare language and literacy development in English and French between allophone (native speakers of a language other than English or French) and Anglophone children across multiple time points.

3) To identify screening measures that accurately identify at-risk reading status for French immersion children.

The participating children in this study are assessed in various domains of language and literacy over a time span of four years, from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 4. 

 

 

Additional Projects:

 

The Discourse Skills of Monolingual and Bilingual School-Aged Children

This project is being conducted in collaboration with principal investigator Dr. Patricia Cleave from Dalhousie University and focuses specifically on collecting discourse data that will help us to identify both normative and atypical trends in the development of oral discourse skills. Differentiating between language disability and normal developmental trajectories can be difficult in bilingual children. As such, there is a need to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the development of discourse skills. This study will linguistically analyze conversational, narrative and expository discourse skills in monolingual and bilingual children in French Immersion programs, between the ages of 7-12.

**We are currently recruiting participants for this project.** If you are a parent of a child who is currently enrolled in either an English stream or French Immersion stream school in the Toronto District School Board, we are interested in working with your child for this project. Please contact Janani at janani.selvachandran@utoronto.ca for any questions regarding this study.

 

Successes and Challenges of Syrian Refugee Children in Canada: Language, Literacy and Well-Being

This project seeks to evaluate and language and literacy skills of Syrian refugee children from 6-12 years old in both Arabic and English. These skills are considered together with social-emotional well-being to provide a more complete understanding of the development of refugee children. This research project will produce implications for facilitating refugee children's bilingual and biliteracy development and enhancing their ability to fully participate in Canadian society.

**We are currently recruiting participants for this project.** If you are a parent of a child who is a Syrian refugee, we are interested in working with your child for this project. Please contact Redab at redab.aljanaideh@mail.utoronto.ca for any questions regarding this study.

 

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