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  1. Usha Goswami, Dyslexia conference

Message 1: Dyslexia conference

Date: Fri, 21 May 1999 12:51:23 +0100
From: Usha Goswami <>
Subject: Dyslexia conference

Learning Disorders as a Barrier to Human Development
St John's College, Cambridge, 9 - 11 September 1999

The final meeting of the European Concerted Action (COST-A8) on
Learning Disorders as a Barrier to Human Development with special
reference to dyslexia will be held in Cambridge, England, at
St. John's College, from 9 - 10 September 1999. The final meeting is
intended to inform a wider audience about the achievements of the
Action, and there are places for 50 non-COST delegates to attend. As
significant interest is expected, places will be allocated on a
first-come, first-served basis. The meeting will comprise
presentations from COST delegates from across Europe on research
carried out within the Action, complemented by presentations from key
researchers outside the Action who are addressing similar research
issues. Speakers include Heikki Lyytinen, Heinz Wimmer, Philip
Seymour, Uta Frith, Peter Bryant, Carsten Elbro, Sven Stromquist,
Rebecca Treiman, Keith Stanovich, Ake Olofsson, Joseph Torgesen,
Dorothy Bishop and Susan Gathercole. The meeting will adopt a workshop
format, as we would like to involve the audience in informal
discussion concerning the themes of the Action outside of the
presentations themselves. Prospective delegates are thus asked to
attend the entire workshop. We apologise for the fact that, due to our
accommodation being College-based, payment for the workshop must be
made in full when a place is reserved, and credit cards cannot be
accepted. Further details can be obtained from Jennifer Smith,
Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford St., London WC1N 1EH, e-mail, tel. 0171 831 0975.


Thursday 9 September 1999

9.00		Welcome and Chairman's Overview of the Action
		Heikki Lyytinen, University of Jyvaskyla.

9.45		Early difficulties in learning to read: Observations from 
 different European orthographies. 
 Heinz Wimmer, University of Salzburg, and Mikko Aro, Jyvaskyla.

10.30		Coffee

11.00		Foundation and orthographic phases of reading acquisition 
 in European languages. 
 Philip Seymour, University of Dundee.

11.45		Cross-cultural differences in normal and dyslexic reading: 
 Behavioural and functional imaging data. 
 Uta Frith, University College London.

12.30		Lunch

2.00		The search for theoretically meaningful subtypes of reading 
 Keith Stanovich, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. 

2.45		Training phonological awareness in kindergarten:
		Long-term effects on reading and spelling.
 Wolfgang Schneider, University of Wuerzburg.

3.30		Tea

4.00		Longitudinal studies of early stages in reading development.
 Ake Olofsson, University of Umea.

4.45		Remedial instruction with severe dyslexics:
		Current findings and next steps.
		Joseph Torgesen, Florida State University.

 Friday 10 September 1999

9.00		Morphology and spelling.
 Peter Bryant, University of Oxford

9.45		The acquisition of context sensitive letter-sound conventions 
 in different orthographies.
 Carsten Elbro, University of Copenhagen.

10.30		Coffee

11.00		What the keyboard can tell us about writing difficulties: 
 Cross-linguistic studies of discourse level writing in 
 Sven Stromqvist, University of Goteborg.

11.45		Sources of information in children's spelling.
		Rebecca Treiman, Wayne State University.

12.30		Lunch

2.00		Specific Language Impairment and Dyslexia:
		Same or different?
		Dorothy Bishop, University of Oxford.

2.45		Brain electrical activity and dyslexia.
		Valeria Csepe, Budapest, and Robert Licht, Duivendrecht.

3.30		Tea

4.00		Working memory and the acquisition of vocabulary and literacy.
		Susan Gathercole, University of Bristol.

4.45		Summary of achievements of the Action and directions for 
 future research. 
 Speaker TBA.

Usha Goswami
Professor of Cognitive Developmental Psychology
Behavioural Sciences Unit
Institute of Child Health
University College London
30 Guilford St.
London WC1N 1EH

tel. 0171 831 0975
fax. 0171 831 7050
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