It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
Speaking, Reading and Writing with Language Learning Disabilities
The book is a collection of papers dealing with classroom teaching to children with language learning disabilities, and it is thus intended to serve as a support for (American) primary school teachers. The book is divided into three main parts, the first one (chapters 1-5) dealing with "perspectives on language, literacy, and diversity". Chapter 2 provides an interesting review of the ongoing research on reading and reading problems, from both neuroscience and educational perspectives. Chapter 3 addresses the Language Basis of Reading, dealing with the processes involved in word recognition and comprehension. Chapter 4 applies concepts such as critical literacy and dynamic literacy to the study of possible intervention on children with dyslexia, language learning disabilities, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Chapter 5 examines the role of language variation in the context of those African-American children with reading disabilities.
The second part of the book (chapters 6-12) addresses more closely the strategies for classroom teaching. The third part of the book focuses on legal and policy issues in special education and postsecondary education.