Autumn seminar series on reading will focus on language development, transitions to literacy

Photo of mother reading to young daughterNIU’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy (CISLL) will host a fall seminar series that begins Monday, Sept. 27.

CISLL is an interdisciplinary center for the study of lifespan language and literacy across diverse populations and contexts.

Center affiliates engage in basic and applied research in language and literacy, develop and apply innovative research and assessment methodologies to address complex issues, identify and promote best practices in language and literacy and provide evidence-based outreach that generates results.

The 2010-2011 CISLL seminar series will cover topics related to language development and transitions to literacy, focusing on the development of young children.

  • “Gestures as a Transition to Early Language,” presented by NIU’s Janet Olson and Elise Masur, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in Gabel Hall 01D.
  • Catherine Snow, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will present a seminar titled “Word Generation, Academic Language, & Deep Comprehension” on at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center.
  • Donald Richgels will present a seminar titled “Invented Spelling: What it Reveals about Young Children’s Literacy Development” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, in Gabel Hall 01D.

For more information, call (815) 753-5793 or e-mail cisll@niu.edu.

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