Staff Profile:Professor Jeanine Treffers-Daller
- Professor Jeanine Treffers-Daller
- Job Title:
- Professor of Second Language Education
Director of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism https://www.reading.ac.uk/celm/
Institute of Education Responsibilities:
Member of the research group Language and Literacy in Education; member of the Ethics Committee, Co-Director of the MA in English Language Education.
- Areas of Interest:
Expertise and Research Interest:
- Bilingualism and Language Contact (code-switching, borrowing, transfer and contact-induced change, measuring bilingual language proficiency in bilinguals/heritage speakers, language dominance).
- Second Language Acquisition (the expression of motion by second language learners, vocabulary learning and teaching, lexical richness, native-like selection of lexical items in bilinguals and L2 learners, statistical learning, automated assessment of vocabulary learning in writing, CEFR, formulaic language).
Masters Level Supervision offered in these areas:
- Assessing incidental vocabulary learning by Chinese EFL learners: a test of the Involvement Load Hypothesis.
- English vocabulary knowledge of asylum seekers.
- The effect of speech rate on English listening comprehension development among grade one students in a Chinese high school.
- Bilingual Exposure and Language Acquisition: the impact of the parental input on bilingual children's language development in English.
- Using category fluency tests and semantic fluency tests to measure language ability in bilinguals.
- The effect of processing instruction on Chinese learners' acquisition of English counterfactual sentences.
- Forward transfer in L2 writing: The case of Chinese ESL learners in a secondary school.
PhD and EdD Supervision offered in these areas:
- Automated assessment of vocabulary.
- Vocabulary learning and teaching (including formulaic sequences).
- Motion event cognition.
- Language dominance in bilinguals and second language learning.
- Lexical richness.
- Corpus linguistics.
- For further details, see my research interests.
Current and Recent PhD Students, with Topics/Titles of their Research:
- Sally Alghamdi: The effect of using spaced repetition on vocabulary retention in English for second language learners.
- Reham Alkhudiry: Investigating the relationship between vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension.
- Anthony Attwood: Teaching and Learning the expression of motion events in English.
- Evelyn Egger: Biliteracy development in bilingual children: Effects on language and cognition.
- Julia Hofweber: The impact of code-switching on bilinguals' performance at cognitive control tasks.
- Arjen de Korte: The role of grammar teaching in Second Language Acquisition.
- Zdislava Šišková: Lexical Richness and Textual Cohesion in Free Written Production of Slavic EFL Learners (completed 2015).
- Yun Wang: Explaining listening comprehension among non-English major university students: the impact of text characteristics, interlocutor characteristics, task characteristics, listener characteristics and process characteristics.
Current and Recent Research Projects:
- Incidental acquisition among Chinese learners of English.
- The role of statistical learning in the acquisition of motion event construals.
- Language ability of Turkish heritage speakers and returnees.
- Formulaic language in bilinguals and second language learners.
- Automated assessment of lexical diversity and n-grams in essays of test takers of the Pearson Test of English Academic (Autovocab) (funded by Pearson).
- Research groups / Centres:
- Language and Literacy in Education.
- Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism.
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- Brussels (Belgium). April 2016. Invited speaker at the Symposium on Translanguaging in Multilingual Urban Settings.
- Sheffield (UK). January 2016. Invited speaker at the Workshop Perspectives on making language meaningful in the language learning context".
- Aix-en-Provence (France). August 2015. Eurosla. Discussant at the Language Learning Round Table on Second Language Acquisition and Pidginization / Creolization: Processes and Models.
- Nijmegen (the Netherlands), 11-13 September, 2015. Invited keynote speaker at the Third Learner Corpus Research Conference.
- Trondheim (Norway), August 2015. Invited keynote speaker at SALC5 (The Fifth Conference of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition, Trondheim (Norway).
- Essex (UK). July 2015. At home in more than two languages. Communication strategies and language practices of multilingual families. Thinking home Symposium.
- Swansea (UK). July 2015. How does vocabulary knowledge affect academic achievement among HE students? Vocabulary SIG, British Association for Applied Linguistics.
- Thessaloniki (Greece), 24-26 April 2015. Invited plenary speaker at the 22nd Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.
- Yangling (China). April 2015. What's in a word? Invited speaker, Foreign Language Department of Northwest A&F University, Yangling (Xian Province).
- Bristol University, Graduate School of Education, 5th December 2014. Evaluating vocabulary usage in student essays written for the Pearson Test of English Academic: Can we predict CEFR levels?.
- Trondheim (Norway), 6th November 2014. Learning out of the corner of your ear: the role of statistical learning in L2 acquisition.
- Lille, 20-21 June 2014, Aspectual markers in motion event constuals among English and Italian monolinguals and Italian-English bilinguals. Langacross conference (with Jacqueline Laws and Eliana Mastrantuono).
- Amsterdam, 21 February 2014. ACLC. The impact of reading and vocabulary on academic achievement.
- Brussels, 10th January 2014.Contact-induced change in grammatical collocations in Brussels French. Workshop French as spoken in Brussels. Facultés Universitaires St Louis in Brussels.
Any Further Information:
Enterprise Activity, External Roles and Consultancy:
- Member of the ESRC peer review College.
- Treasurer of the University Council for General and Applied Linguistics.