Jacky ChanPhD student, Associate Lecturer
I am interested in the early development of children, in particular how they acquire language and the role of language in their cognitive abilities.
As our society becomes more multicultural, more pre-school children in the United Kingdom do not speak English as their first language - they only use or are exposed to English as an additional language (EAL). Strategies that monolingual children use to map words to their referents in the environment have been of interest for 60 years. However, less is known about the early development of word learning in bilingual/multilingual children. As the current policy of the United Kingdom Government is to provide free childcare for all children from 3 years, and for children from low economic backgrounds from 2 years, young children spend at least 15 hours a week at pre-school; and for some EAL children, pre-school is the only environment where they use English. Hence, it is important to find out how language development of EAL children can be supported in pre-school settings.
My current research compares how monolingual and bilingual/multilingual children utilise different strategies to learn words. My research will also look at how pre-school staff currently communicate with children, in particular EAL children, and identify, devise and evaluate strategies that pre-school staff can use to foster language development in EAL children. I intend to use a combination of experimental, observational and intervention studies in my research.
My PhD is funded by the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Interdisciplinary Research on Infant Development.
LING228 Child Language Acquisition
PSYC102 Investigating Psychology - Analysis Lab Demonstrator
MSc Language Support
PSYC102 Investigating Psychology - Skills and Analysis Lab Demonstrator
2015-16 MSc Developmental Disorders (Lancaster University) - Distinction
2012-15 BSc Psychology (Lancaster University) - First Class Honours