The language bases of reading comprehension: Insights for assessment and instruction
Professor Cain will present findings from an ongoing longitudinal study of the language bases of reading comprehension in children aged 4 to 9.
Issues that will be addressed include:
- The relative contributions of word reading and listening comprehension to reading comprehension in the early stages of reading development.
- The relations between different critical oral language skills in this age range; and how these different oral language skills predict reading comprehension outcomes.
- Implications for assessment and instruction will be discussed.
Professor Kate Cain is Head of the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University. Her research focuses on how language skills and cognitive resources influence reading and listening comprehension development and how weaknesses in these contribute to comprehension problems. Her books include ‘Understanding and Teaching Reading Comprehension’ (Routledge) and ‘Reading Development and Difficulties’ (Blackwell-Wiley). She is a former Editor of Scientific Studies of Reading.
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