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LINGUIST List 23.2448

Wed May 23 2012

FYI: Literacy & Multilingualism at Reading - UK

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Date: 22-May-2012
From: Theo Marinis <t.marinisreading.ac.uk>
Subject: Literacy & Multilingualism at Reading - UK
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Literacy & Multilingualism at Reading
Be a part of our ground-breaking team

In today’s global society, multilingualism is gradually becoming the
norm. Language and literacy are intrinsic to our success as individuals
and in society.

The University of Reading is one of the strongest research-led
Universities in the UK and renowned for its research in language
development.

As one of our six designated areas of research investment for the 21st
century, we are investing in a new research Centre for Literacy &
Multilingualism for which we seek academics of exceptional quality at
the professorial, reader and lecturer level.

The Centre takes a lifespan perspective, focusing on literacy &
multilingualism from childhood to late adulthood. Building on existing
strengths at the interface of applied linguistics, psychology,
neuroscience, education, and speech & language therapy, the Centre
aims to make a real difference to the lives of people in today’s society
in the areas of:

- language learning and assessment, explicit-implicit learning, English
for Academic Purposes (EAP);
- literacy, language contact and processing in bilingual/multilingual
adults and children;
- language impairment in bilinguals/multilinguals;
- incomplete acquisition in children/acquisition of heritage languages.

Our research teams enjoy access to:

- language learners in EAP contexts, through our International Study
and Language Centre;
- local schools and bilingual/multilingual communities, via our strong
links and on-going research collaborations with a wide range of
educational establishments and communities locally and overseas;
- atypical populations, in our NHS-supported speech and language
therapy clinic.

Our unique facilities include:

- a research-dedicated MRI scanner, TMS, high-density EEG, eye-
tracking and HPC support via the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
and Neurodynamics;
- a range of specialist labs across the University including language
labs, baby labs, reaction-time labs, and observation rooms with state-
of-the-art video and audio recording;
- an assessment library housing a wide range of language and literacy
measures for children and adults.

Our location close to London and Heathrow airport makes us ideal for
international collaborations.

If you can help us realise our vision, we would like to hear from you.
The positions will be advertised in June 2012 with successful
candidates taking up their posts in early 2013.

For further information, please contact:

Ms Wanda Tejada
PA to Prof Christine Williams,
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
+44 (0)118 378 7103
w.tejadareading.ac.uk

www.readingisinvesting.com

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics

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