School of Psychological and Social Sciences
T: 01904 876100
I am a lecturer in psychology with research interests in the developmental and cognitive aspects of language and literacy acquisition in childhood. My PhD research examines the skills that underpin reading comprehension and how this compares for monolingual English-speaking children and children learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) in the UK.
I currently teach on the following modules:
• 2PY401 Infant & Child Development
• 3PY340 Dissertation
• MPY102 Child Development
My primary research interests stem from my MSc and PhD research examining the language and literacy skills of children in bilingual contexts in the UK. I am particularly interested in understanding the skills that enable or inhibit children from rapidly and efficiently taking meaning from written text. I am looking to examine children’s reading development into adolescence, particularly for those who are exposed to more than one language in the home, and to examine their on-line reading skills (what’s happening as they read) using eye tracking equipment.
Conference and Research Event Organiser:
• 2016: The White Rose Interdisciplinary Summer Conference on Education in the 21st Century (WISE21) at The University of York
• 2017 & 2018: Pint of Science, Beautiful Mind events in York
• Member of the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC)
• A member of the Language and Reading Researchers in Yorkshire (LARRY)
Publication and Conferences
Recent Conference Papers and Invited Talks:
Smith, N. (2018). Oral language development and reading comprehension skills in children learning English as an additional language and monolingual English-speaking children in the UK. Poster presentation, EPS Poor Comprehender Workshop, University of York.
Smith, N, Thomson, J & Bowyer-Crane, C. (2018). Beyond vocabulary - oral language and communication skills in children learning English as an additional language. Symposium paper, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading conference, Brighton.
Smith, N. (2018). Morphological awareness in children learning English as an additional language. Poster presentation, Early Language Learning conference, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Institute of Foreign Languages, University of Iceland.
Smith, N. (2018). Reading Comprehension for children learning EAL. Invited talk to the Developmental Group Meetings in the Department of Psychology, University of York.
Smith, N. (2017). The reading-related skills of children learning English as an additional language. British Academy Workshop for early career researchers in bi-/multilingualism and education: Developing pathways to impact, University of Westminster.
Smith, N. Thomson, J & Bowyer-Crane, C. (2017). The reading-related skills of children learning EAL. British Academy Workshop on Language, literacy and learning in children who speak English as an additional language, University of Oxford.
Smith, N. Thomson, J & Bowyer-Crane, C. (2017). The reading development of EAL children. BPS Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Smith, N. Thomson, J & Bowyer-Crane, C. (2017). The reading-related skills of children learning English as an additional language. European Second Language Association conference, University of Reading.
Smith, N. (2017). Multi-word phrase knowledge and reading development. Invited talk to the Sheffield EAL Conference: ‘Performance Precedes Competence’, Sheffield Hallam University.
Smith, N. (2017). The reading skills of children learning English as an additional language. Fifth Research Student Conference, School of Education, University of Sheffield.
Smith, N. & Bowyer-Crane, C. (2016). Understanding the reading and language skills of children learning EAL. Poster presentation WRDTC Welcome Event, University of York.
Smith, N. & Hamilton, L. (2015). The home literacy environment of children with English as an additional language: Links to language and literacy skills. Poster presentation, annual conference of the BPS North-east of England Branch, York St John University.
Bowyer-Crane, C., Wesierska, M., & Smith, N. (2017). Vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension in children with English as an additional language. EAL Journal, 4, 54-58.
Smith, N. (2016). Reading comprehension is the key to accessing the curriculum. EAL Journal Blog.