Preschool Language and Literacy

How is preschool language related to reading?

Researchers from the Ladder Lab and City, University of London have started a new exciting research study called the “Preschool Language and Literacy” study. We aim to understand how preschool language and emerging literacy skills are related to later reading ability.

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Why is this research important?

Some hearing children and many deaf children find learning to read challenging. It is therefore important to identify children who may struggle with reading BEFORE they start learning to read. Early identification will help ensure that children who need it have appropriate support as they begin learning to read.

We are looking for deaf and hearing children who are 3-4 years old, use spoken language, and have no significant additional educational needs.

If you are a parent, teacher, or other professional who would like their child or nursery to take part, or if you are looking for more information about the project, please contact us, or download our project flyer here:

The project is being run by Dr Fiona Kyle, Prof Ros Herman, Indie Beedie and Dr Katie Mason. It is funded by a Heather van der Lely Foundation grant awarded to Fiona Kyle and Ros Herman.