August 28, 2019

Research conversations at the Faculty Learning and Teaching Symposium

The CSU Faculty of Arts and Education Learning and Teaching Symposium is being held 27- 29 August 2019 in Albury NSW. During the program, the FOAE Senior Research Fellows, Dominic O'Sullivan and myself, have offered a Q&A drop in session for research conversations in the Conversation Hub (face-to-face and via video).

Important members of the research team

Today I was so pleased to meet Dr Nicola Ivory in person. She has been a fantastic member of our team supporting our statistical analysis from our NSW Health Grant. She is based in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Charles Sturt University in Albury, but had to come to Bathurst for another project, so I was finally able to buy her a coffee.
To undertake quality research, it is important to have quality team members with diverse and complementary skills. We have really appreciated Nicola's statistical and methodological expertise.
Dr Nicola Ivory and Sharynne in Bathurst

August 27, 2019

Secrets of bilingual parenting success: Insights from VietSpeech

Dr Van Tran has been interviewed by Prof Ingrid Piller for a Language on the Move article titled "Secrets of bilingual parenting success" https://www.languageonthemove.com/secrets-of-bilingual-parenting-success/
She reported on some of her work on our VietSpeech ARC Discovery grant: https://www.csu.edu.au/research/vietspeech/overview

Here is an excerpt from the Language on the Move article:
"Why do some parents succeed in their efforts to maintain the home language and to raise their children bilingually in English and a LOTE while others fail? Our guest speaker in this week’s Lecture in Linguistic Diversity, Dr Van Tran from Charles Sturt University, explored precisely this question with a focus on Vietnamese in Australia. As part of the “Vietspeech” research project, the researcher surveyed over 150 first generation Vietnamese parents living in Australia with children aged below 18 years. The questionnaire study asked parents to rate their children’s proficiency in Vietnamese and English, respond to questions about language use practices, and identify characteristics of the child, the parent, the family, and the community. She then went on to identify the factors that differed for children with above and below average Vietnamese language proficiency (as rated by their parents). With regard to spoken language proficiency, the best predictor was child language use. Maybe unsurprisingly, the more likely a child was to use Vietnamese, the higher their ability to speak the language. This finding points to the existence of vicious and virtuous cycles in language learning. A vicious language learning cycle is one where there are few opportunities to speak, resulting in fewer practice opportunities, resulting in deteriorating language proficiency, resulting in reduced likelihood to speak. By contrast, a virtuous language learning cycle works in the opposite direction: many and varied practice opportunities lead to proficiency gains which in turn further increase the likelihood of language use. This means that the ability to establish virtuous language learning cycles is one of the secrets of success in bilingual parenting."

There has been interest in the article across social media (some examples are below).


Dr Van Tran's tips and tricks for doing your doctorate in English

Today Dr Van Tran is a guest speaker at the Charles Sturt University workshop titled "Tips and strategies for doing your doctorate in English" organised by Joyce Voerman.
A workshop for HDR candidates studying in English as an additional language. Two PhD candidates who have completed their thesis will discuss their language journey, and answer your questions about writing a PhD in English. What did they learn about writing in English? What strategies and resources did they use to help them learn and communicate in English? How did they manage their literature review? What new language demands does thesis writing place on students? What role did their supervisors play in relation to English language?

Authorship guidelines

Journal authorship can be complex, particularly when working on large projects and in large teams. Here are two conventions to assist with these conversations:
1. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors advice (below) is an updated version of the Vancouver Protocol and is found here: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/
"The ICMJE recommends that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria:
 Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work;
AND
Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
AND
Final approval of the version to be published;
AND
Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved."

2. CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) authorship statement: https://www.casrai.org/credit.html
Here are the list of potential authorship contributions. The description of each is available on the webpage above: Conceptualization, Methodology, Software, Validation, Formal Analysis, Investigation, Resources, Data Curation, Writing – Original, Draft Writing – Review & Editing, Visualization, Supervision, Project Administration, Funding Acquisition.

August 22, 2019

IALP congress dinner - an opportunity to meet with more colleagues from around the world

The IALP Congress dinner was a wonderful opportunity to meet with more colleagues from around the world and enjoy Taiwanese food and culture.
President elect Pam Enderby, Past president Helen Grech, President Lilly Cheng
Prof Sharynne McLeod (Australia), Dr Ben Pham (Vietnam), Prof Gail Gillon (NZ)
Conversations with Prof I-Nan Lien (founder of speech pathology in Taiwan), Professor Lilly Cheng (USA) and Dr Ben Pham (Vietnam)
Ben, David and Sharynne with traditional Taiwanese characters
David, Brian Shulman (US) and Sharynne at the Silks Palace

August 20, 2019

Anna Cronin: Member of IALP Craniofacial Dysmorphias Committee

Congratulations Anna Cronin on becoming a member of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics Craniofacial Dysmorphias and Other Related Syndromes Committee. This is a testament to your expertise and ability to support children with cleft lip and palate throughout the world. Anna has been able to meet with other esteemed colleagues in the field at the IALP conference today including: Valerie Pereira, Debbie Sell, Triona Sweeney, Alice Lee and Fuji Yuriwara as well as present a paper titled "Holistic assessment of young children with cleft lip and palate using the ICF-CY"
IALP President (incoming) Pam Enderby with members of the Craniofacial Committee and presenters
Anna Cronin presenting her paper about young children with cleft lip and palate

VietSpeech presentations at IALP

Our VietSpeech team are presenting a number of different papers and posters during the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) conference. Here are some photos from our presentations.
IALP President (outgoing), Lily Cheng viewing our VietSpeech poster with Dr Sarah Verdon and Prof Sharynne McLeod
Dr Sarah Verdon presenting a paper on the Vietnamese Language Screener
  • McLeod, S. (2019) Transcription of adults’ and children’s speech when you don’t speak their language 
  • McLeod, S., Verdon, S., Wang, C., & Tran, V. H. (2019) Factors supporting language maintenance amongst the Vietnamese community in Australia 
  • Pham, B. & McLeod, S. (2019) Assessing Vietnamese children's intelligibility and speech sounds 
  • Pham, B. & McLeod, S. (2019) Transcription of tone. 
  • Tran, V. H., Verdon, S., McLeod, S., & Wang, C. (2019). Maintaining children’s home languages to support communicative participation (poster) http://miceposter.com/poster/display_poster/710
  • Verdon, S. et al. (2019). Development and validation of the Vietnamese Language Screener.
Dr Ben Pham presenting at IALP
Mr Dien and Dr Ben becoming members of IALP with Vanessa Borg

August 18, 2019

International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) World Congress in Taiwan

This week (18-22 August, 2019) is the 31st World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) in Taipei, Taiwan (http://www.ialptaipei2019.org/). IALP is auspiced by the World Health Organization, and most professional associations across the world that are associated with speech, language and hearing attend. The 2019 Congress has been attended by 961 delegates from 46 countries. 2024 will be the 100th anniversary of IALP.

I am the deputy chair of the IALP Child Speech committee. Dr Yvonne Wren, the chair, is unable to attend, so I have chaired our tri-annual meeting, and presented and chaired sessions on behalf of the committee. I also represented Speech Pathology Australia in the voting during the General Assembly.

Our Speech-Language-Multilingualism team are presenting the following papers:
  1. Cronin, A., McLeod, S. & Verdon, S. (2019, August). Holistic assessment of young children with cleft lip and palate using the ICF-CY 
  2. McLeod, S. (2019) Transcription of adults’ and children’s speech when you don’t speak their language 
  3. McLeod, S., Verdon, S., Wang, C., & Tran, V. H. (2019) Factors supporting language maintenance amongst the Vietnamese community in Australia 
  4. Pham, B. & McLeod, S. (2019, August) Assessing Vietnamese children's intelligibility and speech sounds 
  5. Pham, B. & McLeod, S. (2019, August) Transcription of tone. 
  6. Wren, Y. (presented by S. McLeod) Place of automatic speech recognition for assessing speech disorders. 
  7. Tran, V. H., Verdon, S., McLeod, S., & Wang, C. (2019, August). Maintaining children’s home languages to support communicative participation (URL below)
  8. http://miceposter.com/poster/display_poster/710
IALP group photo (sourced from IALP's Facebook page)
More IALP photos are here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/IALP-Taipei-2019-1378164912312556/photos/?ref=page_internal
The conference venue (left) near the East Gate (right)
IALP Child Speech Committee Meeting (Susan Rvachew, Helen Grech, Sharynne McLeod, Sarah and Sadie Verdon) (unfortunately 8 members of our committee were unable to attend)
Belinda Hill (Vice President, Speech Pathology Australia) bearing the Australian flag at the opening flag ceremony
Australians at IALP in Taiwan
Sadie and Ben Pham

Taiwan - A land of diversity










August 16, 2019

American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Editor's Award for 2018

Wow! Kate Crowe and I have been awarded the prestigious American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Editor's Award for 2018 for the following article.

McLeod, S. & Crowe, K. (2018). Children’s consonant acquisition in 27 languages: A cross-linguistic review. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27, 1546-1571. doi:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-17-0100
Available: https://ajslp.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=2701897

Here is the ASHA website announcing all of the award winners: https://on.asha.org/2KTVq3Z
Here is the email from Mike Cannon from ASHA
Congratulations! The editor-in-chief and editors of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology have selected your article, “Children's Consonant Acquisition in 27 languages: A Cross-Linguistic Review,” as the winner of the 2018 Editor’s Award. An Editor’s Award is truly a high honor, with selection limited to the most impactful works that meet the highest quality standards in research design and presentation. The award will be presented during the Researcher-Academic Town Meeting (RATM) at the 2019 ASHA Convention in Orlando, FL. It will also be mentioned during the main awards ceremony at Convention...
This is doubly exciting because last year, we won the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: Speech Editor's Award from the same association.

Free graphics summarizing a portion of the paper:

August 9, 2019

SpeakOUT article about our presentations at the United Nations

Speech Pathology Australia's August edition of SpeakOut has an article about our presentations at the United Nations
https://speechpathologyaustralia.cld.bz/Speak-Out-August-2019-Digital-Edition

Dr Michelle Brown's SpeakUp podcast

Dr Michelle Brown's SpeakUp podcast titled "Reading with babies" is available here:
https://soundcloud.com/speechpathologyaustralia/reading-with-babies-s01-ep06%20
There have been over 600 downloads in 24 hours!
More details (including the transcript) are here (podcast number 6).
Congratulations Michelle!

August 5, 2019

Free anatomy illustrations

Free anatomy illustrations are available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/183023411@N05/albums/72157709985500771
They are useful for teaching as well as for working with clients.

Listen to the sounds of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

A wonderful resource has just been announced on Twitter
https://linguistics.ucla.edu/people/keating/IPA/inter_chart_2018/IPA_2018.html
Every sound on the IPA chart is spoken by renowned phoneticians.
This is very useful for speech pathologists, linguists, TESOL educators, and many others.

Welcome back Sarah and Audrey

This week, Dr Sarah Verdon and Dr Audrey Wang have returned from leave. It is wonderful to have them back and working on our many projects together.

August 1, 2019

School of Teacher Education Research Working Group

Dr Helen Logan is chair of the Charles Sturt University School of Teacher Education (SOTE) Research Working Group and I am deputy chair. The committee meets regularly, and we also have a number of meetings at the Faculty level, including the Faculty of Arts and Education Research and Graduate Studies Committee. Currently we are on a Honours Working Party providing advice to the University. It is good to have a voice on research issues.
Sharynne McLeod (deputy chair) and Helen Logan (chair)

Farewell to Loraine Fordham

Last night we said farewell to Dr Loraine Fordham from the School of Teacher Education (SOTE). Loraine has been an important member of SOTE for many years.  For example, she was one of Kate Crowe's PhD supervisors and co-published the following paper:

Crowe, K., Fordham, L., McLeod, S., & Ching, T. Y. C. (2014). “Part of our world”: Influences on caregiver decisions about communication choices for children with hearing loss. Deafness and Education International, 16(2), 61–85. doi:10.1179/1557069X13Y.0000000026

We wish her all the best in her new position at Macquarie University.
Past and current members of SOTE farewelling Dr Loraine Fordham