Identifying Children With Language Impairment In Multilingual Societies - Challenges And Solutions

Guest Speaker:
Professor Theo Marinis (School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading)
Subject Area:
Date & Time:
Fri, 18. March 2016, 09:30 h - 12:00 h
N3.04, University of Reading Malaysia - EduCity@Iskandar​

Purpose of workshop, Who it is for, What’s involved
This session addresses the issue of how to identify children with language impairment in multilingual societies. Identifying children with language impairment is not an easy task. In multilingual societies, like Malaysia, there are several challenges. Which of the children’s languages should we assess them in? Does the child’s language background matter, and how can we measure it? What tools can we use to assess the child’s language abilities, and who can do the language assessment?

Professor Theo Marinis is an expert on language development in multilingual children. In this lecture he will discuss the challenges of identifying children with language impairment in multilingual societies and discuss solutions from current research in relation to the Malaysian context.

prof theo marinis Biography
Professor Theo Marinis is Professor of Multilingualism and Language Development and Head of the Department of Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading’s School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, UK. He is on the Steering Committee for the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism. Professor Marinis’s research focuses on cross-linguistic first and second language acquisition and processing in adults, typically developing children, and children with language impairment with the aim to uncover the nature of language processing in typical and atypical language development.
  • Admission to this workshop is free for UoRM academics and students. ​
  • We also welcome attendance by external academics, students and those who work in related fields. The fee for participation in the workshop is RM100 (RM65 for students). ​

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