St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders present
Faculty Colloquium Series
Peggy Jacobson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
“Does Bilingualism Exacerbate Language Impairment?”
Language impairment (LI) exists when children demonstrate
extraordinary difficulty in acquiring language in the absence of
cognitive, neurological, hearing, or structural deficits.
Conventional wisdom among early childhood professionals has been to
discourage dual language use for bilingual children who also show
LI. The assumption has been that learning two languages will be too
confusing for the child and potentially lead to greater impairment.
This talk will address aspects of grammatical morphology known to
be challenging for Spanish/English speakers in the early and later
elementary grades. Outcomes will be discussed in relation to the
proposed added difficulties associated with bilingualism.
Peggy Jacobson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the
Department of CSD. She has worked as a bilingual speech-language
pathologist for over 20 years. Her current research was supported
by a grant from the National Institutes of Deafness and Other
Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
1:30 - 2:50 p.m.
St. John Hall, Room 204
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) offers
professional training in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology to
assess and treat speech, language, swallowing, or hearing disorders
in both children and adults. This speaker series, held once a
semester, intends to highlight current research and professional
activities in the departmental faculty.