Bishop’s University Invites Community to Learn How to Support Reading Development in Bilingual Children

Bishop’s University Invites Community to Learn How to Support Reading Development in Bilingual Children

As part of its Café Scientifique Series, Bishop’s University invites members of the community with an interest in literacy development and bilingualism to take part in a free discussion and exchange of ideas on the topic “Supporting Reading Development in Bilingual Children”.

Hosted by the University’s Research Office, the event promises to tackle the following questions:

  • How reading works, with a particular focus on bilingual readers;
  • How to identify students/children who may be at risk for reading difficulty and some general ways to support them;
  • How to promote literacy development in general;
  • Some factors to consider when deciding what educational model (e.g. monolingual, immersion, bilingual) works best for a given child or student.

The talk will be led by Dr. Corinne Haigh of Bishop’s University’s School of Education. Dr. Haigh holds a Ph.D. in Educational and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Waterloo, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at McGill University’s Centre for Research on Language, Mind and Brain, where she led a study on literacy development in elementary school students in French immersion programs, with a particular emphasis on children at risk for difficulty with decoding, reading comprehension, or a combination of these skills. This talk stems from her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded extension of this project, which followed this same group of students from kindergarten to the end of Grade 6.

Anyone with a general interest in bilingual learning, reading development and fostering literacy skills in young children can attend and participate actively in what will surely be a lively and enlightening discussion.

Event details

Wednesday, December 7, 7 p.m.
Lennoxville Elementary School, 1 Academy St., Lennoxville
Public Talk: Supporting Reading Development in Bilingual Children

This event is free of charge and open to the public.


Contact : Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840