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Bilingualism: Challenges and Benefits to Classroom Performance

Course Leader: Dr Karen Mattock

Wednesday 25 May 2011
Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster

This one-day seminar is open to everyone. It will help participants to understand the process and benefits of learning using two or more languages, bringing together experts in bilingual education and speech and language therapy. We will look at how understanding bilingualism can help your work with children and their families.

The seminar has been designed with the purpose of CPD in mind for professionals working in the field and is open to anyone with an interest in bilingualism and education. The seminar is accredited by the British Psychological Society.


10.00 - 10.30
Registration and Coffee
10.30 - 11.15
Dr Karen Mattock, Lancaster University. Speech perception and the bilingual child: Optimising the classroom environment.
11.15 - 11.30
Refreshment Break
11.30 - 12.15
Dr Jane Hutchinson, UCLAN. The developmental progression of cognitive-linguistic skills of children who speak English as an Additional Language: Classroom Implications.
12.15 - 1.00
Dr Carol Stow, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. The challenge of identifying the bilingual child with speech and language disorder.
1.00 - 2.00
2.00 - 2:45
Professor Antonella Sorace, University of Edinburgh. Bilingualism Matters: increasing awareness of the linguistic and cognitive benefits of growing up with two languages
2.45 - 3.30
Professor Virginia Gathercole, Bangor University. Language and cognition in bilingual children: what every teacher should know.
3.30 - 3.45
Refreshment Break
3.30 - 4.30
Discussion with Panel and Closing Summary

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