Free public lecture - A/Prof Michael Kieffer

When:21 Mar 2017, 4pm - 5:30pm
Venue:Room 119 John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Associate Professor Michael Kieffer
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Linguistic Diversity & Reading Comprehension: Integrating Evidence from Ecological, Development, Linguistic, & Cognitive Perspectives

With increased immigration around the world, educators have greater responsibilities to leverage the strengths and meet the needs of bilingual students. This lecture will introduce a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on reading comprehension for learners from linguistically diverse backgrounds. Drawing on macro-level evidence from several large-scale and long-term longitudinal studies, Dr. Kieffer will explore reading development for students learning English as a second language and describe how socioeconomic contexts influence their development. Drawing on micro-level evidence from linguistic and cognitive research, Dr. Kieffer will discuss the components skills that are important for second-language reading comprehension. Finally, drawing on evidence from instructional research, Dr. Kieffer will describe research-based practices for improving reading comprehension in linguistically diverse classrooms.

Public lecture Michael KiefferAbout A/Prof Michael Kieffer

Michael J. Kieffer is Associate Professor of Literacy Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. He studies the language and literacy development of students from linguistically diverse backgrounds. A former middle school teacher, he aims to conduct research that can inform instruction and policy to improve the reading outcomes of students in urban schools, especially adolescent English language learners. His research has included longitudinal studies of the reading and language development of English language learners, experimental evaluations of academic vocabulary instruction, and secondary analyses of large longitudinal datasets. He collaborates widely with colleagues in other disciplines, including developmental psychology, applied statistics, special education, and educational policy. His research has received awards from the International Reading Association, Spencer Foundation, American Educational Research Association, and U.S. National Academy of Education.

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