May 30 | 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Childhood Bilingualism from the Perspectives of Research
and Clinical Practice

Assistant Professor, Monika Molnar, PhD
Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Rehabilitation Sciences Building
500 University Avenue
Room 132

Many children across Canada and the globe grow up learning more than one language in their homes. Parents and educators often wonder whether bilingual children follow typical developmental patterns.  Speech-language pathologists also struggle to identify language disorders in this group of children because the assessment tools aren’t specifically designed for multi-language settings. In this talk, we will share recent research findings on bilingual language acquisition and how it is informing caregivers and speech-language pathology practice today.

Professor Molnar received her PhD from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the neural and behavioral correlates of monolingual and bilingual speech processing. At McGill, she also conducted research on how bilingual and monolingual learning contexts affect typical language development in preverbal infants exposed to English and/or French. Previous to joining the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto, she completed her postdoctoral training at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, & Language (BCBL) in Spain, where her research involved Spanish-Basque bilingual populations.

This is a free public lecture from our “May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month” series.