At this event, part of the AHSS Presents public lecture series, linguist Martha Young-Scholten will be talking about creating short and linguistically accessible literary fiction for adult beginners.
Adult immigrants who settle in a new country with little or no formal schooling or ability to read in their home or any other language struggle to develop literacy in a new language. Pleasure reading figures prominently in the development of reading comprehension yet it is an activity in which these adults rarely engage. This is due to a dearth of appropriate books.
To address this situation and to provide books for all adult beginning-level readers, linguist Martha Young-Scholten and creative writer Margaret Wilkinson have been collaborating on a project, Simply Cracking Good Stories, to produce books comparable to the literary fiction educated adults read but whose texts are written for those at the earliest stages in their acquisition of a new language. How aspiring authors are guided write a 50- to 300-word Simply Story, either in face-to-face or in online workshops, is the main focus of this talk.
Martha Young-Scholten is professor of second language acquisition at Newcastle University. Her research focuses on the generative-linguistics-based acquisition of morphosyntax and phonology by uninstructed adults as well as those without formal schooling. She now also explores the reading development of adults without home language literacy and in 2005 helped establish www.leslla.org.
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