Spoken language and literacy are two of the skills necessary for involvement in our society. They are essential for developing friendships, voting, negotiating your child’s placement in a classroom, and for economic security, finding and keeping a job or taking out a mortgage. In short, language and literacy are extremely important for our overall health and well-being.
Our team will create knowledge on how spoken language can be most effectively taught, learned and used to support reading. We are also researching when and how the incorporation of technology can facilitate language acquisition and reading comprehension. We will pay special attention to learners whose cultural and linguistic backgrounds may not match the dominant language of the society.
The application of computational modeling and deep learning to the vast data we are assembling will offer transformative insights. We are working with partners to create new and more easily accessible tools and platforms for language and literacy learning and instruction, new algorithms for deep learning, and optimized software for the analysis and integration of the results from behavioral and neuroimaging studies.
You can find out more details about each of our research projects below.
The UBC-DIVERSEcity Language and Literacy Project is an ethnographic study examining the effects of institutionalized values and beliefs about literacy and language instruction on curricula development, teaching strategies, and the cultivation of literacy skills in students learning English as a Second Language (ESL). This project is a joint effort between the University of British Columbia,...
The Royal Society of Canada has established a task force to equip Canadians with accurate information about our response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.