Kate Lewis Mairs

    Kate Lewis Mairs

    Postgraduate research student

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    Awarded DEL Studentship 2014

    Research Statement

    This project will focus on literacy development in Northern Ireland with particular reference to the role of phonology. An intended focus is to highlight the reciprocal nature of speech and language performance with literacy acquisition and achievement. Along with providing a critical review of literacy policies, curricula and teaching methods, I intend to demonstrate how current understandings of speech and language research can offer the best available evidence for informing literacy policies and practice. 

    I aim to gain insights into the perceived literacy ability of primary school children against a number of variables and discern a methodology for enhancing literacy acquisition across Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 and 2. My interest in this area stems from teaching and educational experience, where I was able to witness first-hand how current literacy practices are not meeting the needs of all children with regards to literacy acquisition and achievement. 


    2014 - 2015 Undergraduate Tutor:

    ENL2001 - Patterns of Spoken English 


    Advocacy Support: 2015-2016

    • Provided research evidence in support of the BookStart Scheme to the Northern Ireland Assembly Education Committee. 


    Peer Mentor: 2015-2016


    Conference Organiser:

    • QUB Interdisiplinary Lingusitics Conference 4 (2014)
    • QUB Common Ground VII (2015)


    Conferences Attended:

    • BUCLD, 2015
    • Imagination Library (Nottingham), 2016
    • Early Years Conference: Enriching the Home Learning Environment (NCI), 2016


    Papers / Workshops:

    • QUB Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference 3, 2013: "Mapping the Articulatory and Perceptual System Using Non-Linear Phonology"
    • Muin Bearla Conference, 2014: workshop facilitator "Practical Strategies for principals to promote literacy across the curriculum" 
    • QUB Common Ground 6, 2015: "The relationship between spoken language and primary school literacy skills"
    • QUB School of English Seminar Series presentation, 2016: "The relationship between spoken language and primary school literacy skills"



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