Child Language Seminar 2011

CLS2011 and Newcastle University logoChild Language Seminar 2011

CLS 2011 will be held at Newcastle University, 13th & 14th June 2011 (with registration and wine reception on the evening of the 12th of June). 

The Child Language Seminar (CLS) is an interdisciplinary conference with a long tradition which attracts a diverse international audience of, among others, psychologists, linguists and speech and language therapists, and provides a forum for research on language acquisition in all its diversity.

CLS 2011 will focus on four key themes in the field of child language research

  • Child Language and Literacy
  • Children with Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)
  • Capturing change in child language
  • Bilingual and cross-linguistic perspectives on child language

Keynote speakers:

We are very pleased to announce that our confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Professor Maggie Snowling (University of York): "Children at Preschool Risk of Dyslexia: From Theory to Intervention"
  • Professor James Law (Newcastle University): "The Better Communication Research Programme - research to impact upon practice and policy for children with speech, language and communication needs"
  • Professor Sheena Reilly (University of Melbourne): "The Early Language In Victoria Study: Outcomes at 4 and 5 years"
  • Professor Elizabeth Pena (University of Texas): "Dynamic Assessment in Children Learning English as a Second Language: What Changes?"

Registration is now open:

Registration ends 1st June, and payments need to be made by that date

Visit the CLS2011 booking page to book

Delegate fees:

  • Early registration, full conference: £195
  • Late registration (after 30th April), full conference: £215
  • Early registration, one day attendance: £100
  • Late registration (after 30th April), one day attendance: £110

There are special day rates and concessions for students, Newcastle University Clinical Educators and Placement Providers and Newcastle University Speech Society members.


The programme is now available.

Wine reception Sunday 12th June 2011

All delegates are invited to join us at the wine reception

Conference Dinner on Monday 13th June 2011

The cost of the conference dinner is included in the full conference registration fee, but not in the one day or special concession attendance fees. If you would like to join us for the conference dinner there is an additional cost of £37 (inclusive of VAT).


Accommodation has been secured at a number of hotels in Newcastle at favorable rates by NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau. Please follow this link to book your conference accommodation.

The call for papers is now closed.

Over one hundred abstracts were peer reviewed. Notifications and invitations to present were sent out at the start of February. The full programme will be published on April 1st 2011.

Guidance for Presenters

For those of you who are presenting a poster, poster boards are approximately 7 feet x 5 feet (approximately 2m x 1.5m). Please prepare A0 posters with a landscape orientation.

For those who are giving an oral presentation, each session will consist of 2 or 3 presentations, each 20 minutes long. At the end of the presentations there will be a 15 minute question and answer session involving all of the presenters. We hope that this format will encourage delegates and presenters to make connections between the themed presentations, and so promote dialogue and debate.

We will have PC and projector in each room, so please bring your presentation along on a memory stick or CD on the day. Newcastle University computers are compatible with Powerpoint 2007 or earlier. We will make sure that a steward is on hand quarter of an hour before each session begins so that you can load your presentation up ahead of time and check that it is working OK. Please ensure any memory pens are not encrypted.

Key dates:

Registration open: 1st February 2011

Programme published on website: 1 April 2011

Early registration deadline (reduced fee): 15th April 2011

Registration and wine reception: 12th June

CLS meeting: 13th-14th June 2011, with conference dinner 13th June


The opening reception will be held on Sunday 12th June from  6 to 8 pm and will be held in the Herschel Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU (no. 17 on the campus map

Please do join us for a welcome drink and some light refreshments, and take the opportunity to pick up your delegate packs. We will of course also have a registration desk open on the Monday and Tuesday of the conference for those of you who are joining us later.


The CLS 2011 will be hosted by Speech and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, one of the UK's leading universities. Newcastle is a research - intensive university, with a reputation for teaching and learning of the highest quality and for its role in the economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England.
Speech and Language Sciences at Newcastle University is one of the leading teaching and research units in the UK devoted to the study of normal communicative processes and communication disorders in children and adults.
The core aims of Speech and Language Sciences at Newcastle is to deliver high quality teaching, and excellent research and to work collaboratively with the profession to impact on practice. These activities contribute to our high standing within health and education both nationally and internationally.
Newcastle was the first university in the UK to award a degree in Speech and Language Therapy (1967), recently celebrated 50 years of Speech and Language Therapy Training and continues to be one of the UK’s leading SLT training programmes.
Our research involves the study of normal and impaired human communication processes, assessment and intervention for individuals with communication disorders, and sociolinguistics, the RAE 2008 can be found here. Many staff are members of larger collaborative research groups within the university, including the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences and the Institute of Health and Society. We also collaborate with researchers throughout the UK and abroad (Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand).


Newcastle upon Tyne was voted England's favourite city break destination by readers of the Guardian and Observer for four consecutive years and has been voted the UK’s best University City 2010 by MSN travel.
Located in the North East of England, the city is easily accessible by rail (1½ hours from Edinburgh, 3 hours from London) and air (direct flights to over 25 destinations and excellent connections though London and Amsterdam).
Known for the friendly welcome visitors receive, the city has impressive Georgian architecture, inspiring cultural venues and is within easy reach of the beautiful Northumbrian coastline, Hadrian's Wall, the Scottish Borders and stunning Durham city and cathedral.

Film Competition: Communicating with Kids

To celebrate the return of the CLS to Newcastle and to coincide with the National Year of Communication we are holding a film competition for secondary school (£100 prize) and university (£500 prize) students. Delegates will have the opportunity to vote for the winners and selection of entries and winners will be shown at the CLS. Follow this link for details of the secondary school competition and this link for details of the university students competition.

If you have any queries about attending the CLS please contact Cristina McKean

We look forward to welcoming you to the CLS in 2011

Cristina McKean, Helen Stringer, James Law

Co-chairs CLS 2011 organising committee

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