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Faculty of Education Seminar Series

Thursday, March 23, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
John George Althouse Faculty of Education Building (FEB)
Room: 1010

Faculty of Education Seminar Series talk: "Strategies and skills that support successful reading comprehension in bilinguals" by Dr. Deanna Friesen.

Several years ago, Grosjean (1989) famously wrote that “the bilingual is not two monolinguals in one person”. This statement has stimulated a field of research on how knowledge of two or more languages impacts both language and cognitive processes. In this talk, I will discuss two studies examining how bilingual adults access meaning from print. In study 1, how phonology is used to access meaning was examined by tracking eye movements during sentence reading. In Study 2, reading comprehension strategies were investigated by having bilingual readers engage in “think-alouds” during text reading. In both studies, individual differences in language proficiency, language exposure and executive control will be used to understand how specific bilingual experiences impact reading success.

Please RSVP to Tina Beynen ( to ensure adequate seating and refreshments.

Faculty of Education Research Office
Tina Beynen
519 661-2111 ext. 88068

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