Prof Becky Xi Chen


Seminar 1

TOPIC: 

Dynamic Assessment for Language Learning Abilities in Monolingual and Bilingual Children: Theoretical Background and Application

TIME: 

24 October 2018 14:00 - 15:30

VENUE:

Lu Sin Lecture Theatre (D0309), 3/F, Block D, Jockey Club Campus, OUHK

ABSTRACT:

Dynamic language assessment evaluates two dimensions of language learning: language learning potential and language ability. In this type of assessment, the focus is on the learning process in relation to the input characteristics under consideration (Tzuriel, 2001). Dynamic assessment is a useful technique for identifying at-risk readers in bilingual children, particularly children who receive their school instruction in the second language (L2). Conventional assessment methods for reading difficulties are generally not attempted until Grade 3, due to a lack of proficiency in the L2, but this delay negatively affects learning outcomes. Because dynamic assessment focuses on children’s learning potential, and often involves a teaching component, even children without much knowledge in the L2 can be assessed in a timely manner.  In this workshop, I will introduce the concept of dynamic assessment, and present dynamic assessment measures of phonological specificity, phonological awareness and morphological awareness. The techniques were originally developed in English but I will also introduce relevant techniques in Chinese. 

LANGUAGE: 

English

REGISTRATION:

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SEMINAR 2

TOPIC: 

English-speaking and multilingual children in French immersion programs in Canada: research findings and implications

TIME: 

26 October 2018 16:45 - 17:45

VENUE: 

Lu Sin Lecture Theatre (D0309), 3/F, Block D, Jockey Club Campus, OUHK

ABSTRACT:

In this presentation, I will summarize the findings of my research on language and literacy development of children enrolled in French immersion programs in Canada. I have conducted two large-scale projects in this area in the past 10 years. French immersion programs are publically funded in Canada. Students enrolled in these programs come from non-Francophone backgrounds but they receive school instruction primarily or entirely in French. In other words, English first language and English language learner students are becoming bilingual in English and French, and trilingual in English, French, and their first language, respectively.

LANGUAGE: 

English

REGISTRATION:

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