June 22, 2018

Charles Sturt University Senior Research Fellowship

Today, Charles Sturt University announced  6 Senior Research Fellowships and 9 Research Fellowships. I am fortunate to have received one of the Senior Research Fellowships, a position I will hold for 2 years. Here is the announcement on What's New and News.
The recent call for Research and Senior Research Fellowships received 37 eligible applications and was highly competitive. Applications were reviewed by the Research Committee with membership supplemented to ensure appropriate coverage and to address any conflicts of interest. Applications were assessed against the stated criteria in the call and with additional consideration of leadership capacity for the Senior Research Fellowships. All applicants received written feedback and the work of the review team is acknowledged and I thank them for the time and care they dedicated to this process.
 Up to six Senior Research Fellowships were available and awarded with two dedicated to each Research Sphere within the Research Narrative. Up to ten Research Fellowships were available across the Research Narrative, and nine Research Fellowships were awarded.

Resilient People research sphere entitled Walanbang mayiny which means very strong people:
Senior Research Fellowships
* Prof. Sharynne McLeod, Faculty of Arts and Education
* Prof. Jade Forwood, Faculty of Science
Research Fellowships
* A/Prof. Karen Bell, Faculty of Arts & Education
* Dr. Tamara Cumming, Faculty of Arts & Education
* A/Prof. Peter Denyer-Simmons, Faculty of Arts and Education
* Dr. Danielle Ryan, Faculty of Science

Flourishing Communities research sphere entitled Ngumbadal-ngilanha which translates as united:
Senior Research Fellowships
* A/Prof. Oliver Burmeister, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
* A/Prof. Dominic O'Sullivan, Faculty of Arts and Education
Research Fellowships
* A/Prof. Zahid Islam, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
* A/Prof. Manoranjan Paul, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences

Sustainable Environments research sphere entitled Gulbali ngurambang meaning to understand country:
Senior Research Fellowships
* A/Prof. Shokoofeh Shamsi, Faculty of Science
* Prof. Shane Raidal. Faculty of Science.
Research Fellowships
 * Dr. Andrew Clark, Faculty of Science
* Dr. Melanie Massaro, Faculty of Science
* Dr. Lihong Zheng, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences

Please join me in congratulating all of the Fellowships recipients. I would also like to acknowledge the feedback and comments received providing suggestions for future internal schemes which will be taken into consideration by the Research Committee in designing future funding calls.
Kind regards Mary
Prof. Mary T Kelly DVC RDI

June 15, 2018

Research summary slide

I have been invited to create a Powerpoint slide to summarise my 2018 research for the upcoming CSU Faculty of Arts and Education Research Forum. Here is my slide:

The ICF framework: Considering individuals from a perspective of health and wellness

The following article has been accepted for publication.

Blake, H. L. & McLeod, S. (2018, in press June). The ICF framework: Considering individuals from a perspective of health and wellness. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups (SIG17: Global issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders).

It will be published in a special issue on the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), and forms part of Helen's PhD.
Here is the abstract:
This paper describes the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and its application to speech, language, and hearing. The ICF framework was developed to present a holistic person-centered approach for people of all ages, across all nations, health care disciplines, services, and time from a perspective of health and wellness. Therefore, it is an appropriate framework for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology for use with people in relation to their communication and/or hearing. This paper describes the ICF, its purpose, development, contents, and coding. It also discusses how the framework is being used by speech-language pathologists and audiologists in clinical practice and research to investigate body structures and their functions and any restrictions these may place on an individual’s ability to participate in activities. The acceptance of the ICF as a biopsychosocial framework for practice and research marks a transition in thinking from the professions’ previous focus on handicap to a focus instead that considers individuals and society from a perspective of health and wellness.

June 13, 2018

United Nations Multilingual Video Collection

Dr Suzanne Hopf, is in Fiji and has added her voice to the United Nations Multilingual Video Collection reading Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: https://youtu.be/XlfonR_aQaQ #SpeakUp4CommRights #StandUp4HumanRights
Add your voice here: https://www.un.org/en/udhr-video/

June 12, 2018

Vietnamese langauge maintenance survey

We need at least 300 people with Vietnamese heritage to answer a questionnaire about Vietnamese language maintenance. We are interested in hearing from people with Vietnamese heritage who speak Vietnamese, Vietnamese and English, English only, or other languages. The VietSpeech questionnaire will take about 20-30 minutes to complete.

Please share this link with anyone you know who has Vietnamese heritage, lives in Australia and is over 18 https://www.research.net/r/VietSpeech

The research has ethical approval. The findings of this project will provide useful information to the Vietnamese-Australian community, educators, speech pathologists, and policy makers about supporting language maintenance.

This VietSpeech study is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant and conducted through Charles Sturt University. More details about the project are here: https://www.csu.edu.au/research/vietspeech/overview

We plan to have a Vietnamese version of the questionnaire available in the next few weeks, so please let us know if you are interested in accessing that version.

Thank you for completing the questionnaire (if you are eligible) and for sharing the link with others who may be interested.

June 11, 2018

Speech Pathology Australia's support for communication as a human right

Gaenor Dixon (President, SPA), Gail Mulcair (CEO, SPA), Prof Kirrie Ballard (Editor, IJSLP), Prof Sharynne McLeod (Guest Editor, IJSLP). Photo credit: Louise Hutchinson
At the Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) National Conference we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, focusing on communication as a human right. The photograph of the audience showing their support for communication rights is below. The special issue of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (volume 20, issue 1) that contains 31 open access papers discussing communication as a human right is available here. The foreword is written by Alastair McEwan (Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner) and Ed Santow (Australian Human Rights Commissioner) and is titled "The importance of the human right to communication".
Speech Pathology Australia delegates celebrating 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and communication as a human right (Article 19). Photo credit: Louise Hutchinson

Authors and editors of the special issue of IJSLP celebrating communication as a human right L-R: A/Prof Jane McCormack, Prof Sharynne McLeod (Guest Editor, IJSLP), Gail Mulcair (CEO, SPA), Hayley Tancredi, Prof Kirrie Ballard (Editor, IJSLP), Prof Bronwyn Hemsley, Prof Lindy McAllister, A/Prof Deborah Hersh, Dr Bea Staley. Photo credit: Louise Hutchinson
Natalie Davall (Taylor & Francis), A/Prof Anne Whitworth (Editor, IJSLP), Prof Kirrie Ballard (Editor, IJSLP), Prof Sharynne McLeod (Guest Editor, IJSLP), A/Prof Deborah Hersh (author), Hayley Tancredi (author). Photo credit: Louise Hutchinson

May 31, 2018

Enriching and encouraging time with our team in Adelaide

My team of PhD students, postdocs and graduated students all live in different cities (i.e., they undertake their studies and research by distance), so we have enjoyed meeting together at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference in Adelaide this week. Throughout the conference we have had many opportunities to support one another. Today, after the conference concluded, we met with the keynote speakers Professors Ron Gillam and Sandi Gillam from USA. During our meeting each PhD student outlined her research and there was a lot of enriching and encouraging discussion. Next week, we are back to seeing one another via videoconference.

Prof Sharynne McLeod, Dr Sarah Verdon, Dr Jane McCormack, Helen Blake, Van Tran, Ben Pham, Nicole McGill, Michelle Brown
Dr Michelle Brown, Dr Van Tran, Ben Pham, Dr Sarah Verdon, Helen Blake, Dr Jane McCormack, Nicole McGill
Ben Pham, Van Tran, Dr Jane McCormack, Nicole McGill, Dr Sarah Verdon, Dr Sarah Masso, Prof Ron Gillam, Prof Sandi Gillam, Helen Blake, Michelle Brown, Prof Sharynne McLeod
Sharynne, Nicole and Michelle at the conference dinner

May 30, 2018

Focus on Vietnam at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference

This week at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference there were many papers and events about Vietnamese and Vietnam. In the program were a number of papers presented by Vietnamese and Australian authors, including a paper by Ben Phạm and myself titled "Vietnamese children’s speech acquisition: A normative cross-sectional study." The Trinh Foundation held a fundraising stall and dinner, and there were many other opportunities to discuss our VietSpeech research.
Ben Pham, Sarah Verdon, Chyrisse Heine, Sharynne McLeod, Dien Le
Lindy McAllister, Dien Le, Ben Pham, Van Tran, Sharynne McLeod
Trinh Foundation Dinner: Cathy Easton, Sarah Verdon, Sarah Masso, Helen Blake, Gwendalyn Webb, Ben Pham
Dr Van Tran, Gaenor Dixon (SPA President), Ben Pham, Gail Mulcair (SPA CEO)

Speech Pathology Australia National Conference - Adelaide

This week the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference is in Adelaide.
Our team are presenting a number of papers and posters, including:
  1. Baker, E., Williams, A. L., McLeod, S. & McCauley, R. J. – There are so many different phonological intervention approaches: What’s the difference? 
  2. Blake, H. L., McLeod, S. & Verdon, S. – Multilingual university students’ perceptions of the impact of English proficiency and intelligibility on participation. (e-poster) 
  3. Blake, H. L., Verdon, S. & McLeod, S. – Exploring multilingual speakers’ perspectives on their English intelligibility. 
  4. McGill, N., McLeod, S. & Crowe, K. (2018). ‘Wait’ lifting: Development of a website to facilitate active waiting for speech pathology. 
  5. McGill, N., & McLeod, S. (2018). The theory of preparative waiting: A framework for considering parents’ experiences of waiting for speech pathology services. (poster) 
  6. McLeod, S. – Communication rights: Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  7. McLeod, S., Harrison, L. J., Wang, C., & Verdon, S. – Academic outcomes for Indigenous Australian children whose parents were concerned about their speech and language in early childhood. 
  8. Phạm, B., & McLeod, S. – Vietnamese children’s speech acquisition: A normative cross-sectional study. 
  9. Verdon, S. & McLeod, S. – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s access to and engagement in speech and language treatment. 
Past and present members of our team who are attending are: Helen Blake, Ben Phạm, Nicole McGill, Dr Van Tran, Dr Sarah Verdon, Dr Sarah Masso and Dr Jane McCormack.
Nicole McGill presenting her paper
Dr Sarah Verdon presenting her paper
Dr Elise Baker, Dr Caroline Bowen, Prof Sharynne McLeod
Nicole McGill (3rd from left) presenting her poster with Dr Diane Jacobs, Dr Jane McCormack, Prof Sharynne McLeod
Prof Sharynne McLeod and Ben Pham
Dr Sarah Verdon, Prof Sharynne McLeod, Helen Blake

May 29, 2018

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference

Today at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference I presented a short plenary talk titled "Communication rights: Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights". At the conclusion of the talk, we took a photograph of the audience showing their support for communication rights by holding up postcards with #SpeakUp4CommRights and details of the special issue of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (volume 20, issue 1) that contains 31 open access papers discussing communication as a human right.

One of the papers in the special issue is by Dr Jane McCormack, Dr Elise Baker and Dr Kate Crowe who are presenting a paper at the SPA conference about their work and have written a blog post published by the Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE): http://www.aare.edu.au/blog/?p=2907
A/Prof Anne Whitworth, Prof Kirrie Ballard (Editors of IJSLP), Dr Elise Baker, Dr Jane McCormack, Prof Sharynne McLeod

May 25, 2018

CSU promotes the conclusion of Dr Kate Crowe's Fulbright Scholarship

Today, Charles Sturt University media have released a statement celebrating the end of Dr Kate Crowe's Fulbright Scholarship. The statement is here. Congratulations Kate.

May 22, 2018

Welcoming more visitors

Today we had two more visitors in Bathurst. First, Professor Linda Harrison, who has moved to Macquarie University, was back in Bathurst to work with her PhD students and research assistants. Later in the day David Fitzsimons, the head speech pathologist in the cleft palate clinic at The Children's Hospital at Westmead popped in unexpectedly. It has been great to catch up.
Sharynne, Ben Pham, Linda Harrison, Audrey Wang, Wendy Alexander
David Fitzsimons

May 10, 2018

VietSpeech project update

Over the past few months have been working hard on our VietSpeech project. We have:
  • Created a new website https://www.csu.edu.au/research/vietspeech
  • Submitted our ethics application to the Charles Sturt University Human Ethics Committee
  • Undertaken a systematic literature review to consider factors related to language maintenance
  • Created a questionnaire to consider Vietnamese-Australian families’ linguistic multi-competence and language maintenance
  • Discussed our research with the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children's Speech
  • Undertaken recruitment for our VietSpeech postdoc position
  • Had a paper accepted about children's speech acquisition in 27 languages 
  •  ... and lots more.
Dr Sarah Verdon and Sharynne meeting in Albury in May

May 7, 2018

Teaching students to work with children with speech sound disorders

This semester I am teaching year 2 speech pathology students at Charles Sturt University the subject SPH201: Speech Impairment in Children and Dr Michelle Brown is running the tutorials. Most weeks I am in Bathurst and teach the class via video conference while they are 5.5 hours away in Albury. Today, I spent 5 hours with the class face-to-face in Albury. We covered phonological and motor speech interventions. We drew on chapters 13 and 14 of Children's Speech (McLeod & Baker, 2017) as well as the chapters and videos from Interventions for Speech Sound Disorders in Children (Williams, McLeod & McCauley, 2010). I was so impressed at the interest and committment of the class.

May 5, 2018

Visitors from Germany

Yesterday Irmhild Preisinger and Eiko visited Charles Sturt University and Bathurst during their 8-day visit to Australia. Irmhild has studied a Masters degree in speech-language pathology with my colleague Professor Annette Fox-Boyer at Europäische Fachhochschule Rhein/European University of Applied Sciences EUAS, Rostock, Germany. It was great to show them around the campus and city.
Irmhild and Sharynne with German speech assessments
Irmhild and Eiko enjoying meeting the kangaroos behind the university

May 3, 2018

Impact of listener familiarity and speech competence on parent ratings using the Intelligibility in Context Scale: Dutch

The following manuscript has been accepted for publication.
van Doornik, A., Gerrits, E., McLeod, S., & Terband, H. (2018, in press April). Impact of listener familiarity and speech competence on parent ratings using the Intelligibility in Context Scale: Dutch. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

Online access is here: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/uTVQWCg2aFSAMIkBZKDt/full 

It forms a part of Anniek van Doornik's PhD studied through Utrecht University in the Netherlands (I am a co-supervisor). She presented this work at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference last May in Sydney.

Here is the abstract
Purpose: This study investigated the effect of listeners’ familiarity on parents’ judgements of intelligibility of children with and without speech sound disorders (SSD).
Method: Participants were 67 Dutch-speaking children (48-84 months), 48 children with typically-developing speech (TD), and 19 with SSD. Item scores on the parent-rated Intelligibility in Context Scale: Dutch (ICS-NL) were compared between groups and related to naive listeners’ measurement of intelligibility (Intelligibility Rating, IR), and percentage of consonants correct-adjusted (PCC-A).
Result: Statistical analysis yielded a significant Group x Familiarity interaction on the ICS-NL items. Familiarity influenced the judgment of items representing close relationships in the SSD group more than in the TD group, resulting in relatively higher ratings in the SSD group. In the SSD group, stronger correlations were found between IR and the ICS-NL item scores that represented less familiarity. In contrast, PCC-A was only correlated with the item reflecting the least familiarity (strangers).
Conclusion: Children are more intelligible with people in close relationships due to familiarity with their child’s speech, so children’s relationships should be considered in clinical practice with respect to communicative participation. Since PCC-A was not influenced by familiarity, it may not be a reliable predictor of participation in family and community life.

May 1, 2018

Teaching ESS419: Principles of Inclusive Education

Today I had the opportunity to give a lecture about children with speech, language and communication needs to the Charles Sturt University teacher education students (K-12) in their subject ESS419: Principles of Inclusive Education.
Two of the resources we discussed were:
  • Speech Pathology Australia (2017). Speech pathology in schools. Melbourne, Australia: Author. Retrieved from https://speechpathologyaustralia.cld.bz/Speech-Pathology-in-Schools-2017
  • Sutherland, D. (2017). Developing communication skills. In Foreman, P. & Arthur-Kelly, M. (Eds.) Inclusion in action (4th ed.). (pp. 300-345). Melbourne, Australia: Cengage.  
Dr Rachael Hutchesson and ESS419 students after our lecture

Visiting Uluru

Last week Ben Pham and I had the opportunity to visit Uluru and Kata Tjuta in central Australia. It is such a special place cared for by Indigenous people for millennia.

April 21, 2018

Children’s consonant acquisition in 27 languages: A cross-linguistic review

The following manuscript has been accepted for publication:
McLeod, S. & Crowe, K. (2018, in press April). Children’s consonant acquisition in 27 languages: A cross-linguistic review. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

We believe that this will be a landmark publication - providing the most comprehensive cross-linguistic account of consonant acquisition ever undertaken in the world.

Here is the abstract:
Purpose: To provide a cross-linguistic review of acquisition of consonant phonemes to inform speech-language pathologists’ expectations of children’s developmental capacity by (1) identifying characteristics of studies of consonant acquisition, (2) describing general principles of consonant acquisition, and (3) providing case studies for English, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Method: A cross-linguistic review was undertaken of 60 papers describing 64 studies of consonant acquisition by 26,007 children from 31 countries in 27 languages: Afrikaans, Arabic, Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Jamaican Creole, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Maltese, Mandarin (Putonghua), Portuguese, Setswana (Tswana), Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish, and Xhosa. Results: Most studies were cross-sectional and examined single word production. Combining data from 27 languages, the majority of the world’s consonants were acquired by 5;0 (years;months). By 5;0 children produced at least 93 percent of consonants correctly. Plosives, nasals, and non-pulmonic consonants (e.g., clicks) were acquired earlier than trills, flaps, fricatives, and affricates. Most labial, pharyngeal, and posterior lingual consonants were acquired earlier than consonants with anterior tongue placement. However, there was an interaction between place and manner where plosives and nasals produced with anterior tongue placement were acquired earlier than anterior trills, fricatives, and affricates. Conclusion: Children across the world acquire consonants at a young age. Five-year-old children have acquired most consonants within their ambient language; however, individual variability should be considered.
Here is a graphic we have created to summarize the English consonant acquisition data

April 17, 2018

Chatting with colleagues

This morning my colleague Dr Tamara Cumming organised a morning tea so that the people in our building (who work in different departments) all had a chance to chat with one another. It was a happy occasion where we shared our interests. Events such as this are so important for collegiality and wellbeing.

April 14, 2018

Media attention regarding our teacher-child relationships paper

The following journal article has been profiled by Charles Sturt University's media department this week:

Wang, C., Harrison, L. J., McLeod, S., Walker, S., & Spilt, J. L. (2018). Can teacher–child relationships support human rights to freedom of opinion and expression, education and participation? International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20(1), 133-141. doi:10.1080/17549507.2018.1408855

It is freely available (open access) here:

The CSU media release is here: http://news.csu.edu.au/latest-news/education/teacher-education/early-teacher-child-relationships-vital-to-a-childs-ability-to-effectively-communicate-in-life

Cen (Audrey) has been interviewed about the journal article here:
The article and media release also has received attention on social media too:

Here is Audrey's summary of our findings that she presented on the radio (and available at Kudos https://goo.gl/uAZzMD):
Communication is a fundamental human right. We believe it is important for children, especially children with speech and language difficulties to have the ability to express themselves and debate in the public domain. Therefore, we wanted to study what factors are helpful for children with speech and language difficulties to overcome these challenges. In this particular research, we studied teacher-child relationships. We all remember or know teachers who made us feel valued, loved, warm and safe. We are more likely to share our feelings/experience with them and have a warm affectionate relationship. This positive relationship provides children a wonderful language context to freely express themselves and develop language skills. This can be especially important for children with speech language difficulties.

We analysed the data from a government collected dataset called Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. It is a study that spanned a number of years. In this study, we were able to examine teacher-child relationships when children were 4-5 years, then  6-7 years, then again 8-9 years and finally 10-11 years. The total number of participants is over 4000.

We found a few interesting findings:
  1. First of all, we have good news.  For both children with speech language difficulties and children without speech language difficulties, the majority had consistently higher levels of closeness and consistently lower levels of conflict with their teachers over time.
  2. However, children with speech and language difficulties tend to have slightly higher levels of conflict and lower levels of closeness with their teachers over time, compared to children without speech language difficulties.
  3. An important and interesting finding is that children with speech and language difficulties who had positive relationships with teachers did better on all the outcomes compared to children who had NO speech language difficulties but had negative relationships with their teachers. This suggests that teacher-child relationship quality matters and a positive relationship is an important buffer against the negative effects associated with speech and language difficulties. The outcomes we examined in this study include children’s literacy and language skills, their sense of school belongingness, their peer relationship quality and their school engagement.
There are a few suggestions for teachers, parents and schools:
  1. Forming positive relationships need to start early. This is because early close relationships with teachers can put children at a low conflict trajectory with their teachers; equally importantly, it helps children who started school with moderate/high initial levels of conflict to be on a trajectory of decreasing conflict.
  2. One aspect to note is that children with speech language difficulties may have difficulties expressing themselves, understanding concepts and social cues. They have also been shown to have reduced capacity to understand their emotional experiences, express their needs effectively, and regulate their behaviours. Therefore, some of these children may appear more disruptive and show behavioural issues in the school environment. It is important to look beyond the behaviour issues and investigate whether the underlying cause could be speech and language difficulties. There are certain tools out there for teachers and family to make this identification.  My colleagues Prof. Sharynne McLeod and Prof. Linda Harrison have developed a very short, easy to use checklist, called Intelligibility in Context scale to help with early identification. This scale can be found at CSU’s website: http://www.csu.edu.au/research/multilingual-speech/ics
  3. There are free speech pathology services provided at local hospitals and community health centres that families can access. Families and schools can also go to the Speech Pathology Australia website to type in their postcode to locate local speech pathology service.

April 11, 2018

PhD meetings via Skype

Tonight I met with Anniek van Doornik and her supervisors Prof Ellen Gerrits and A/Prof Hayo Terband from HU University of Applied Sciences and Utrecht University (via Skype). I am a co-supervisor for her thesis. We were discussing Anniek's first publication from her PhD. She has worked very hard on this paper and it was a pleasure to meet and discuss her work.

April 10, 2018

Special issue of IJSLP has been published in hard copy

Today I received my copy of the special issue of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (volume 20, issue 1) on the topic of Communication Rights. I was the guest editor for the special issue, and it was published to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The 31 articles are published across 190 pages, and are also available as open access articles online here: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/iasl20/20/1

March 23, 2018

Welcome Van

Last week Van Tran commenced her PhD at CSU. She will be supervised by Dr Sarah Verdon and myself and is studying via distance education. This week was her first visit to Bathurst. Van is part of our VietSpeech team and comes with a wealth of experience. She already has been awarded a PhD in linguistics from the University of Wollongong and is a NAATI accredited Vietnamese-English interpreter. Welcome Van!
Dr Van Tran with her PhD supervisors Dr Sarah Verdon and Prof Sharynne McLeod
Ben Pham, Vice Chancellor Andy Vann, Dr Van Tran
Van at the Carillion in Bathurst

March 22, 2018

First VietSpeech team meeting

Last year we were awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery grant titled "Vietnamese-Australian children's speech and language competence" (for 2018-2020). Since this time we have been recruiting project officers and a PhD student and preparing our ethics application. Our team live in Bathurst, Sydney and Albury, so today (and tomorrow) marks our first face-to-face team meeting. We have enjoyed meeting one another and planning the studies. Van Tran, our VietSpeech PhD student, met the Vice Chancellor on her first day on campus at CSU! He wished us well in our project (along with members of Academic Senate and Faculty Board who applauded during the respective meetings over the past 2 weeks when our project was announced). We hope that our work will have an impact on Vietnamese language maintenance in Australia, and will support Vietnamese-English children's speech and language competence. 

Van Tran, Vice Chancellor Andy Vann, Sarah Verdon, Ben Pham, Audrey Wang, Sharynne McLeod
Audrey, Ben, Sharynne, Van and Sarah

March 14, 2018

Farewell Professor Linda Harrison

Professor Linda Harrison has worked at Charles Sturt University for 25 years in the field of early childhood education. She developed the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) with Prof Jennifer Sumsion and was on the advisory group for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). She has has a strong influence on researchers and research at CSU, including in her role as the inaugural Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Arts and Education. We have worked together for 14 years (see here). She is moving to Macquarie University and tonight was her farewell party. It was a wonderful time of celebration. We will miss her greatly.
Some of the people celebrating Linda's contribution to CSU
Carol Burgess (Head, School of Teacher Education), Dr Peter Wilson, Prof Linda Harrison, Prof Sharynne McLeod
Prof Linda Harrison, Emeritus Prof Bob Meyenn (previous Dean of Education), Prof Sharynne McLeod
Dr Shuka Sikder, Dr Audrey Wang, Prof Linda Harrison, Mark Situ