Bilingual Early Language and Literacy Lab

About the BELL Lab

The Bilingual Early Language and Literacy (BELL) Lab is directed by Dr. Marc Goodrich. Dr. Goodrich and his students are interested in studying factors that promote the successful acquisition of early language and literacy skills among bilingual children. Most of the work done by members of the BELL Lab focuses on Spanish-speaking dual language learners (DLLs), but other projects have included bilingual children with many different home languages (e.g., Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Karen, Mandarin, Japanese, etc.). Our work includes correlational studies that examine the relations between first (L1) and second (L2) language skills, including examination of whether children's language and literacy skills are related across L1 and L2. Additionally, we conduct intervention work to examine the effectiveness of instructional programs for improving language and literacy outcomes for DLLs. Finally, we are beginning new work to identify methods of distinguishing language and learning disabilities from difficulties related to the acquisition of English among DLLs.

For Prospective Students

If you are an undergraduate student interested in getting involved in research with the BELL Lab, please contact Dr. Marc Goodrich.

Dr. Goodrich is currently accepting graduate students for the upcoming academic year. If you are interested in applying to graduate school and working in the BELL Lab under Dr. Goodrich's mentorship, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Goodrich. Additionally, see the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders website for information on our new doctoral program in Educational Studies focused on intervention design.