Children Learning Adjectives: Free research workshop and practitioner CPD

Date(s) - 18/03/2021
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Leeds Child Development Unit at the University of Leeds is hosting a researcher-practitioner online workshop on children’s descriptive vocabulary on Thursday March 18th, 1-5pm GMT.

Event description:

The role of vocabulary breadth and depth in children’s achievement at school and beyond is well recognised. One way of enriching vocabulary is through descriptive language. Classroom and clinical practice is designed to support this, and research findings highlight the power of adjectives and other kinds of descriptive language in children’s developing language systems. Despite their importance in communication, adjectives have received relatively little attention in research, and up to now there has been limited exchange between teachers, clinicians, and researchers. To remedy this, this workshop brings together academic, educational, and clinical perspectives on how children develop descriptive language. Researchers, teachers, clinicians, and other related professionals working in speech, language, and communication are invited to discuss the place of descriptive language in their work, and explore areas of crossover with others.

Invited speakers:

  • Samantha Wilkes (Lecturer in Primary Education, Leeds Trinity UniversityLearning adjectives in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 classrooms
  • Sarah White (SLT, Leeds Beckett University) Children’s semantic development: A clinical view
  • Dr Kristen Syrett (Rutgers, State University of New Jersey)  Adjective meaning in language development
  • Dr Sudha Arunachalam (New York University) How do researchers learn about children’s adjective learning?
  • Dr Elena Tribushinina (Utrecht University) Parental strategies to support toddlers’ processing of adjectives

To register:

Please register via by 26th February 2021. We will provide certificates of participation for recognition as continuing professional development, and can offer backfill costs to schools.