University of Edinburgh

Deafness, spoken language acquisition and learning English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Date: Tuesday, 1st May 2018
Venue: SSC, Edinburgh
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Fee: £110


This one-day course will offer a mixture of lectures and interactive workshops on the following topics:

  • Bi/multilingualism and EAL: Sequential bilingual development; Bilingualism and language difficulties.
  • EAL and deaf children: Exposure to spoken languages; Hearing speech sounds; First language? Non-verbal communication; Communication and interaction.
  • Practical issues for teachers: Supporting families; Supporting EAL pupils; Assessments.
  • Resources and references.

There will be time for individual Q&A in a surgery-type format; participants are encouraged to bring some particular questions, or case data, that they may want to discuss.

Target Audience

all professionals working with deaf young people either in mainstream or specialist provision, and parents & carers.


Dr Merle Mahon, Language and Cognition Research, Psychology and Language Science, UCL London