Language and Literacy Research Center (LLRC)


Suzan De La Paz

Dr. Susan De La Paz, along with Drs. Ralph Ferretti (University of Delaware) and Linda Mason (George Mason University), will be running the Disciplinary Argumentation in Writing Forum on June 1 and June 2, 2021. The purpose of the Disciplinary Argumentation in Writing Forum is to bring together nationally recognized experts from several fields to seek to move the field forward in instruction and research on written argumentation. 

During this forum, selected scholars from a variety of perspectives and disciplines will explain how they define written arguments, what teachers know about teaching written arguments, and how researchers can support teachers in their efforts. Further, scholars will discuss how social, cultural, and historical factors influence the study of written arguments or their teaching. 

Proceedings from this meeting are forthcoming in the journal, Written Communication.

students reading
LLRC Book Club

The LLRC's book club met Tuesday (3/27/2018) and focused on chapters five through eight in Mark Seidenberg's Language at the Speed of Sight. The group enjoyed pizza and lemonade while engaging in broad discussion about how reading science can inform instructional practice in terms of standards, pedagogy, and assessment. The ongoing debate regarding reading disability (RD) identification led to further discussion about the promises and pitfalls of prevention models for identifying and responding to cases of RD. At the conclusion of the meeting, all book club members agreed that although reading science has taught us much, there remain considerable challenges to improving reading instruction in the United States.

Language at the Speed of Sight by Mark Seidenberg
LLRC Book Club

The LLRC's book club met over pizza and soda last Tuesday (2/27/2018) to discuss the first four chapters of Mark Seidenberg's Language at the Speed of Sight. We all found Seidenberg's writing humorous and engaging. The chapter on the history of writing systems (Chapter 3) was a crowd favorite. Many of us also enjoyed his clear discussion of the cognitive mechanisms that underlie skilled reading. We discussed at greatest length his assessment and reading performance and instruction in the United States. This discussion, in particular, benefited from the diverse experiences and perspectives of our group members.

Peter Afflerbach
Peter Afflerbach
Peter Afflerbach, PhD

Dr. Peter Afflerbach, a faculty affilitate of the LLRC, serves on various literacy-related committees affiliated with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the International Literacy Association, the Common Core State Standards, and the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of numerous books, including the recent Understanding and Using Reading Assessment, K-12, 3rd Edition


Presenting an LLRC poster
Jerae Kelly presenting the LLRC's poster at Language Science Day

The community showcase is an annual highlight of Language Science Day, featuring ongoing work by language scientists all over campus. It's a great opportunity to learn about unfamiliar corners of language science research, make cross-disciplinary connections, and find out about opportunities for training, outreach, and advocacy.

Jerae Kelly, a current ProPELL doctoral student, presented a poster outlining the LLRC's current and future projects. Jerae is pictured on the left presenting research findings from the 2016-2017 school year based on the first grade reading curriculum audit, classroom observations, and teacher focus groups held in participating schools within the Anne Arundel Country Public School district.