Dr Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

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 examined 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.

Further Information

Teaching

I currently teach on the following modules:

  • 2PY282 Developmental Psychology
  • 3PY340 Dissertation
  • 3PY347 Psychology in Education
  • MPY102 Child Development

Research

My primary research interests stem from my MSc and PhD research examining the language and literacy skills of bilingual children in the UK. I am particularly interested in understanding the skills that underpin reading comprehension, i.e., what enables or inhibits children from rapidly and efficiently taking meaning from written text. More specifically, I would like to examine the trajectory of these skills for children learning to read in an additional language (English).

Professional Activities

Ad hoc reviewer for Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC)
  • Member of the Language and Reading Research in Yorkshire (LARRY)

Publication and Conferences

Research Articles

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.

Blogposts

Smith, N. (2016). Reading comprehension is the key to accessing the curriculum. EAL Journal Blog.

Recent Conference Papers and Invited Talks

Smith, N., Thomson, J., & Bowyer-Crane, C. (2019). Morphological awareness in children learning English as an Additional Language in the UK. Child Language Symposium, University of Sheffield.

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.

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