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This free event organised by the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) will bring together researchers and practitioners from France, the UK, and the USA who work with bilingual children with language impairment. The workshop will address the challenge of identifying language impairment in bilingual children. It will illustrate assessment material for bilingual children, explore the use of parent and teacher interviews, standardized tests, and narrative language sampling to support clinical decision making regarding diagnosis and intervention processes. Attendees will interpret standardized test data and use assessment protocols for making decisions based on language sampling that can be employed in everyday practice with bilingual children.

Maximum number of attendees: 40

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Professor Rhona Stainthorp will be giving a public lecture about multilingual literacy development. The event, hosted by the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM), aims to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities multilingual children face when they learn how to read and write in more than one language.

Successful reading and writing involves coordinating word reading and spelling processes with language comprehension processes including vocabulary knowledge. Multilingual literacy involves coordinating these processes in at least two languages and two writing systems. We need to understand how the writing systems work to appreciate the challenges and opportunities faced by young literacy learners.

The public lecture will be followed by a roundtable discussion with Q&A with Professor Rhona StainthorpProfessor Ludovica Serratrice, Dr Naomi Flynn, and education practitioners. Before the public lecture, guests can attend our art exhibition titled ‘Point of Entry’ by Duncan Swann.

Admission is free, but booking is required.

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The Centre for Literacy & Multilingualism (CeLM) at the University of Reading and Bilingualism Matters @ Reading are delivering two interactive events in collaboration with the award winning charity ‘Mothertongue’ to communicate the benefits of maintaining the Mother Tongue and provide a glimpse into the work of interpreters.

The benefits for bilingual children in maintaining their mother tongue

Tuesday 21 February, 7pm

Bulmershe Theatre, Minghella Building, Whiteknights campus


Mothertongue- In other words: Interpreters’ stories

Tuesday 21 February, 8pm

Bulmershe Theatre, Minghella Building, Whiteknights campus


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