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About CISLL

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We are an interdisciplinary center for the study of lifespan language and literacy across diverse populations and contexts, both regionally and globally, with the commitment to:

  • Engage in basic and applied research in language and literacy

  • Develop and apply innovative research and assessment methodologies to address complex issues

  • Identify and promote best practices in language and literacy

  • Provide evidence-based outreach that generates results

Five Strands of Language and Literacy  

Acquisition of and transitions in language and literacy
Encompasses scholars who study the process of typical and atypical language acquisition with a common interest in examining the range of factors that contribute to the acquisition of and transition between oral and literate language.

Processing of language and literacy
Encompasses scholars interested in how general psychological processes support language and literacy activities across a broad variety of context and tasks (e.g., reading, engaging in social interactions).

Influences on language and literacy
Scholars in this strand are interested in understanding how factors outside of the individual affect how the process language in the context of communication (expressive or receptive) and reading (texts and other types of documents).

Assessment and interventions for language and literacy
Reflects an agenda to accurately assess strengths and weaknesses of learners with respect to language and literacy and to design and match intervention accordingly.

Methodologies for studying language and literacy
Encompass both the development and application innovative research and analytic methods to study complex and evolving language and literacy development and communication in educational, home and community contexts.

Contact Us

Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy
Gabel Hall 156
815-753-5793
cisll@niu.edu