Seminar: Child language as a life chances indicator

Prof James Law will present the next LuCiD seminar on Child language as a life chances indicator. The seminar will take place from 11.00-12.30 on Tuesday 7th February at the University of Manchester and is open to anyone wishing to attend.


Although language development is often construed as being “within” the child in the sense that we assess an individual child’s language and we provide “therapy” to the individual, it is clear that oral language, like literacy is also a societal phenomenon. In this session, I will describe the provenance of what has come to be known as the “Life Chances agenda” and how child language development might fit into it drawing on data from a number of different large scale population studies. I will then highlight a number of different developments from the UK’s What Works Centres and what this might mean in terms of intervention and service development. The term “Life Chances” has been superseded in the political narrative over last few months by “social mobility” and “opportunity” but it remains a useful way of approaching early child development.” 

About the author

James Law is a Professor of Speech and Language Therapy at Newcastle University.

Seminar Logistics

Where: University Place room 5.206, University of Manchester

When: 11-12.30, Tuesday 7th February 2017

Directions: University Place is building 37 of the Campus Map.

More Information: View the poster for more information about this seminar. Find out more about our future seminars.

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  • Anne-Marie Cray Avatar

    Anne-Marie Cray

    I can't make the seminar but is it possible to watch live or watch a recording?

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