Multilingual children in underprivileged contexts: literacy, numeracy and cognition in primary school children in India

Thursday 3rd May 2018
Trinity Long Room Hub, College Green, Dublin 2

1.00 – 2.00: A Keynote talk by Prof Ianthi Tsimpli, University of Cambridge
Multilingualism can be an advantage for both language and cognition. Research on bilingual children in Europe and the US reveals cognitive advantages but also contradictory findings on the development of literacy (e.g. reading comprehension) skills in the majority language. In several countries of the Global South, multilingualism is the norm. The language(s) of education in countries like India, for example, may not be the first or home language of the school-going child. In this talk, Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli will report on some preliminary findings from a large-scale project in primary school children in India focusing on numeracy, mathematical reasoning and cognitive tasks with the purpose of understanding the role of language of education in contexts of severe socioeconomic deprivation.
2.00 – 2.30: Discussion

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About the Speaker
Professor Ianthi Maria TsimpliProf Ianthi Maria Tsimpli is Chair of English and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. She works on language development in the first and second language in children and adults, language impairment, attrition, bilingualism, language processing and the interaction between language, cognitive abilities and print exposure. She was previously Professor of Multilingualism and Cognition at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading and Professor of Psycholinguistics and Director of the Language Development Lab at the Dept. of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. More information can be found here

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