Invited talk at Duolingo

LNCL researchers Maryellen MacDonald and Elise Hopman gave a zoom-talk today at Duolingo’s research colloquium titled “How language production exercises improve foreign language learning”. Duolingo is a popular foreign language learning app, that both Maryellen and Elise have used themselves to brush up respectively their French and Spanish. Maryellen and Elise will also be…

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New paper on the challenges in connecting reading science and educational practice

LCNL researchers Mark Seidenberg and Matt Cooper Borkenhagen along with Devin Kearns at UConn have a new paper, titled, “Lost in Translation? Challenges in Connecting Reading Science and Educational Practice”. In the paper they ask how much of what we’ve learned from the “science of reading” is useful to teachers? Abstract Can the…

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New paper on bilingualism and creativity

Together with current and former members from the Austerweil Computational Cognitive Science lab, LCNL researcher Elise Hopman published a new paper today in PLoS ONE looking at the relationship between bilingualism and creativity . Abstract Are bilinguals more creative than monolinguals? Some prior research suggests bilinguals are more creative because the knowledge…

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Explaining our science to kids

Are you looking for a fun way to incorporate science into homeschooling your children during this pandemic? If so, here’s a suggestion: LCNL researchers Charles Rojas, Elise Hopman, and Maryellen MacDonald published an article today explaining their language learning research to kids. Their article, “How can you get better at learning…

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Seidenberg in Wisconsin State Journal

Mark Seidenberg is in the Wisconsin State Journal article “Phonics in focus: Advocates push Wisconsin for ‘science of reading’”. Recently, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction endorsed explicit phonics instruction for teaching reading. This WSJ article focuses on literacy rates in Wisconsin, skepticism toward the science of reading among educators,…

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PhD student Mark Koranda’s outreach project Skilled Reflection at UW-Madison

LCNL student Mark Koranda created a student organization, “Skilled Reflection,” designed to use language and writing as a tool for self-exploration and reflection. Mark designs meetings with concrete, grounded writing prompts, encouraging members to use real-time quiet journaling. The purpose is ultimately to help students find answers to questions about…

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Mark Seidenberg on WPR: Phonics Instruction in Public Schools

Mark Seidenberg talks with Kate Archer Kent on Wisconsin Public Radio about Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s recent announcement to endorse ‘explicit phonics instruction’ in schools. Dr. Seidenberg discusses why explicit phonics instruction is crucial and weighs in more broadly on literacy and the complicated nature of implementing explicit phonics…

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Elise Hopman recognized with University-wide mentoring award

LCNL graduate student Elise Hopman has been awarded this year’s University of Wisconsin-Madison Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities for her excellence in mentoring. Elise’s mentees have spoken at University-wide events, participated in summer research and study abroad programs, won department, university and national awards. Working in LCNL, her research assistants have…

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