The Bilingual Biliteracy Research Lab at Queens College is under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Ijalba, Assistant Professor in Linguistics and Communication Disorders. The research in this lab focuses on the education and language needs of immigrant families and their children. To that end we have been developing the Bilingual Early Language and Literacy Acquisition Parent Training program (BELLA). The aim of BELLA is to prepare parents as language mediators with their children and to encourage use of the home-language.
Research interests at the Bilingual Biliteracy Research Lab are:
First and second language acquisition in typically and atypically developing children
Early literacy and language practices in culturally and linguistically diverse families
Intervention strategies and materials that support dual-language acquisition in children with communication disorders
Particular needs of immigrant families raising children with autism
Our lab is open to students from other departments. Speech-language pathology is an interdisciplinary subject and as such, we welcome students interested in applied research in bilingualism and biliteracy. You may contact Dr. Ijalba to work on specific projects.