Children's Learning Institute to host inaugural bilingual research conference

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Children's Learning Institute to host inaugural bilingual research conference

Jason Anthony, Ph.D.

HOUSTON – (May 7, 2013) – On a daily basis, more than 90 different languages are spoken in the City of Houston, which recently eclipsed New York and Los Angeles as the most ethnically diverse large metropolitan area in the United States. Given its cultural and linguistic diversity, Houston is the perfect location for the 2013 Inaugural Bilingual Research Conference, hosted by the Children’s Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). 

The 2013 Inaugural Bilingual Research Conference will bring together academicians from around North America to share and discuss the latest research concerning the development and education of bilingual children. Distinguished researchers will discuss how bilingual learners develop literacy and language skills as well as current techniques for assessment, interventions, instruction and policy development related to bilingual learners. 

The conference will be held May 16 -17, 2013 at UTHealth’s Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building, 1825 Pressler St., Houston, TX, 77030.

Keynote addresses will be given by Diane August, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, D.C.; and Mariela Páez, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction at Boston College. Jason Anthony, Ph.D., associate professor at the Children’s Learning Institute, will host the conference and provide closing remarks.

“The topics of bilingual education and bilingual language and literacy development are studied by researchers from many disciplines who use a variety of methodologies and who don’t have a cohesive means of communicating or disseminating their findings,” said Anthony.  “So, I’m very excited to bring the country’s best researchers together here at the Children’s Learning Institute. This conference will provide a much needed forum for scholars from around the country to share our work aimed at improving the education and lives of English language learners. I expect it will help establish new connections, strengthen existing partnerships and spur collaborative efforts that will shape bilingual research of the future.”

Anthony is expecting more than 150 distinguished researchers to attend, present and share ideas during the conference.

“The Children’s Learning Institute is honored to play a key role in supporting this critical, yet still emerging, field of research.  We have prided ourselves for many years on providing educational support, interventions and research in bilingual formats, so we welcome every opportunity to support bilingual research and innovation,” said Susan Landry, Ph.D., director and founder of the Children’s Learning Institute.

More information on the 2013 Inaugural Bilingual Conference can be found at: http://www.childrenslearninginstitute.org/news-and-events/our-trainings/2013-Bilingual-Conference/default.html