Prof James Law will present the next LuCiD seminar on Child language as a life chances indicator. The seminar will take place from 11.00-12.30 on Tuesday 7th February at the University of Manchester and is open to anyone wishing to attend.
Although language development is often construed as being “within” the child in the sense that we assess an individual child’s language and we provide “therapy” to the individual, it is clear that oral language, like literacy is also a societal phenomenon. In this session, I will describe the provenance of what has come to be known as the “Life Chances agenda” and how child language development might fit into it drawing on data from a number of different large scale population studies. I will then highlight a number of different developments from the UK’s What Works Centres and what this might mean in terms of intervention and service development. The term “Life Chances” has been superseded in the political narrative over last few months by “social mobility” and “opportunity” but it remains a useful way of approaching early child development.”
About the author
James Law is a Professor of Speech and Language Therapy at Newcastle University.
Where: University Place room 5.206, University of Manchester
When: 11-12.30, Tuesday 7th February 2017
Directions: University Place is building 37 of the Campus Map.