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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:

 

Dynamic Assessment Project

The goal of the project is to accurately predict children's literacy success from an earlier age than has previously been the case and lay the foundation for early identification of at-risk readers in French Immersion.

Students in grade 1 French immersion programs in Toronto will be tested between October – November, 2016 (Time 1) and April, 2017 (Time 2).

 

Case Studies of Children with Disabilities in French Immersion

This project focuses specifically on children and families with disabilities. Our goal for this study is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the French Immersion experience for children with disabilities. The research project has the following three objectives:

·       to examine the experiences of French immersion children with disabilities

·       to examine the experiences of the families of French immersion children with disabilities

·       to identify ways that supports and resources can be improved for French immersion                   children with disabilities and their families

**We are currently recruiting participants for this project.** If your child has a diagnosed or suspected disability of any kind and is currently enrolled in a French Immersion program in Toronto, we are interested in interviewing you for this study. Participants will be provided with a monetary compensation for their time. Please contact Janani at janani.selvachandran@utoronto.ca for any questions regarding this study.

 

The Experience of French Immersion

The purpose of this study is to understand the potential socioeconomic benefits, group and social dynamics of English-French bilingualism. By identifying the long-term, positive outcomes associated with bilingualism, we hope to inform parents, students and educators on these benefits and ultimately facilitate the increased enrolment, retention, and success of French Immersion schooling.

Research Objective 1: Perception of experience in French Immersion Program. We seek to describe the experience of French Immersion based on information provided by former students, including their view of their education environment.

Research Objective 2: Participation in second-language immersion programs. We seek to determine the factors which contributed to enrolment in French Immersion, and the reasons why students stayed in French Immersion until high school graduation or withdrew before graduation.

Research Objective 3: Benefits of bilingualism and French immersion specifically. We propose to identify and inventory the actual and perceived benefits of French Immersion among former students.

Research Objective 4: Perception and use of bilingualism outside French Immersion Program. We intend to determine the experiences of former French Immersion students with French outside of the immersion setting, including their view of their French abilities and their perception of themselves as bilingual.

**We are currently recruiting participants for this project.** If you are a student currently enrolled in any program at the University of Toronto and have completed French Immersion schooling, we are interested in interviewing you for this study. Participants will be provided with a monetary compensation for their time. Please contact Janani at janani.selvachandran@utoronto.ca for any questions regarding this study.

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