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Visiting Speaker - Dr. Corinne Haigh, Bishop's University

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
John George Althouse Faculty of Education Building (FEB)
Room: 1010

Supporting second language learners who are at-risk for reading and language difficulty

Identification of students in second language (L2) programs who are likely to experience reading and language learning difficulties is problematic since students are still acquiring the language of instruction. Thus, assessments in L2 are not likely to yield valid indicators of risk for difficulty; this in turn can delay early intervention and jeopardize students’ long-term outcomes. The goal of this talk is to provide evidence-based information about identifying and supporting students at-risk for reading difficulty as early as kindergarten, regardless of their language background. Many teachers and school professionals do not feel that they can confidently differentiate between students with true reading difficulty who are slow learning to read in a second language because they have an underlying reading impairment versus students who are in the early stages of second language learning and, thus, temporarily lack the oral language skills necessary to function well in the area of reading. This talk will outline how to go about making this distinction and will also outline some possible strategies and interventions that could be used to improve these students’ reading skills once they have been identified as being at-risk.

Corinne Haigh is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Bishop’s University. She completed her graduate work at the University of Western Ontario, in the areas of Educational and Cognitive Psychology and went on to a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University and the Centre for Research on Language, Mind, and Brain. Funded by SSHRC and FRQSC, her research is centered on language and literacy development in school-age children in second language programs like French Immersion or Intensive English. Her work has a particular emphasis on children at-risk for difficulty with reading, writing, and language and how best to support them in bilingual contexts. Dr. Haigh teaches in the area of inclusive education, and gives courses on individual differences, educational psychology and the reading process.

Jen Heidenheim
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