EAL and multilingualism: Novel word learning in EAL children

Dr Holly Joseph and Professor Jeanine Treffers-Daller


This project, funded by the British Academy, explores whether EAL children differ from their monolingual peers in how they learn the meanings of new words that they encounter during reading. We use an eye tracker to monitor how children move their eyes when they encounter a word for the first, second, and subsequent times as they’re reading short stories. Our prediction is that EAL children will be more efficient word learners as they have already learned (at least) two languages.

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