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Psychology in the Pub: Moving forward with rhythmic-based reading interventions

21 March 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This event is free and open to everyone. No registration required.
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The evening will start with a talk from Dr Emily Harrison followed by an Q&A. Food (until 7pm) and Drinks will be available to purchase from the venue.

A well-established literature has demonstrated the relationship between segmental phonological awareness and reading ability, and this has led to the development of many successful ‘phonic’ interventions which are widely used within literacy tuition.

However, despite the general support for such interventions, this method of literacy tuition does not work for all children, particularly those who have existing reading or learning difficulties, such as those with dyslexia.

In addition, there is a second branch of phonology known as suprasegmental phonology, which has been less well documented in the literature.

Suprasegmental phonology refers to the rhythmic aspects of spoken language which accompany segmental phonology, such as stress, intonation and timing.

Over the last 15 years, research has begun to show that sensitivity to these rhythmic aspects is related to segmental phonological awareness, reading acquisition, reading comprehension, and also reading difficulties. However, until more recently, the literature had failed to explore the possibility of training children on these rhythmic aspects as a possible way of enhancing reading performance.

My PhD research involved two studies, implementing a rhythmic-based intervention in both a group of beginning readers (study 1), and a group of older struggling readers (study 2), in comparison to a more traditional phonological awareness-based intervention and a control. In both studies, the rhythmic-based intervention resulted in significantly greater gains in reading than the control, illustrating that such methods can be effective in both age groups. In this talk, I will discuss my research and theoretical argument for the findings, and also aim to explore possible avenues for further research.

The talk will start at 6:30pm

This event is free and open to everyone. There is no need to book so please just turn up on the night.

The Woodman,
New Canal St,
B5 5LG

The talk is upstairs in the function room of the Woodman Pub

The upstairs function room of the can be accessed by the staircase at the back of the pub behind the Bar. The Woodman Pub is on the corner of New Canal Street and Curzon street.

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