This workshop on phonological awareness, hosted by Vanderbilt's Bill Wilkerson Center and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, will develop participants’ ability to improve children’s phonological awareness as a means to build foundational reading and writing skills - decoding and spelling. Phonological awareness is the ability to analyze the sound structure of words, with phonemic awareness specific to analysis at the level of individual speech sounds. Because the development of phonological awareness is addressed in instruction as well as intervention, the workshop is designed for all educators.
For more information on the workshop, please click here.
To register, please visit kc.vanderbilt.edu/registration.
The Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center and Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences will be holding a School Speech-Pathology Conference at Vanderbilt University on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 30-31. To find out more about the conference, please click here.
The CHILD LANGUAGE AND LITERACY LAB focuses on the study of language and literacy acquisition in children with typical as well as atypical development. In our research we seek to better understand the language and literacy difficulties of children and to devise and test new methods of instruction and intervention to improve the language and literacy skills of all children. A better understanding of typical language and literacy development informs our explorations of language and literacy learning difficulties. In our training program, we develop graduate students' abilities to conduct language and literacy research and provide evidence-based language and literacy intervention and instruction.
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Melanie Schuele, PhD at 615-936-5256 or email@example.com
Below is a list of studies for which we are currently recruiting participants. Click on the title of projects to view detailed information. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer for a study or if you have any questions.
COMPLEX SYNTAX DEVELOPMENT
Click here for directions to the Child Language and Literacy Lab, located on the 10th floor of Medical Center East, South Tower (Bill Wilkerson Center).
Click title to link to web resource:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/monkey-match/id407251250?mt=8 or search for "Monkey Match" in the App store. Three games: Match upper and lower case letters, match words by initial sounds, match rhyming weds.
www.starfall.com: A great website for pre-readers and early readers. Appropriate for age 2 and beyond. The letter activities include lots of fun vocabulary and activities, making them enjoyable for all preschoolers. Great worksheets for parents to print out as well.
April 20, 2012
Krystal Werfel to Receive
International Reading Association’s
Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship Award
At their February meeting, the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association announced the 2012 IRA Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship Award will be presented to Krystal Werfel, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Tennessee, for her dissertation “Contribution of Linguistic Knowledge to Spelling Ability in Elementary Children with and without Language Impairment.”
Ms. Werfel is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She received a BS in Child Development from the University of Tennessee and a MS in Speech-Language Pathology, with an emphasis in interdisciplinary aural rehabilitation, from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include language and literacy development and intervention in children with language impairment and children with hearing loss.
The IRA Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship Award encourages and supports doctoral research on a number of issues, including beginning reading, stages of reading development, reading difficulties, readability, the relation of vocabulary to reading, and diagnosis of adults with limited reading ability. The Fellowship Award will be recognized during IRA’s Chicago Convention at the Research Awards and Address session on Monday, April 30, 2012 at the McCormick Convention Center, West, W375A, 4:00 p.m.
About the International Reading Association
The International Reading Association is the world’s foremost expert on literacy. A non-profit global network dedicated to advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide, the International Reading Association supports reading teachers and other literacy professionals by providing professional development resources, advocating for policy and practices that benefit all teachers and students, and conducting research that promotes informed decision-making about literacy practice in the classroom. Additional information is available at www.reading.org.
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