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Language and Literacy Lab (L3)

Directed by Jillian McCarthy, Ph.D.

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The Language and Literacy Laboratory (L3) is located in South Stadium Hall. Its mission is to enhance educational, social, and vocational opportunities for individuals through the development of new assessments and interventions for spoken and/or written language disorders.

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  • Examining factors related to successful language and literacy skills for children, specifically those who are deaf or hard of hearing or use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies.
  • Investigating and examining the vocabulary use of children and teachers, and relating this information back to language and literacy development for all children.
  • Examining linguistic factors related to spelling and writing abilities of children.
  • Developing assessment and interventions for spoken and written language disorders. 

How do children learn new words? We are currently recruiting children, between the ages of 5 to 13 years, to help us examine how new words are learned. All children who participate will receive a free hearing and vocabulary screening. The study will take place on two different days in the L3 laboratory. If you are interested in learning more about the study, please contact the research team at 974-3761 or at

The "Preparing Speech-Language Pathologists to Improve Literacy and Language Outcomes for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing" project is a federally funded training grant (U.S. Department of Education grant # H325K140305, 2014-2019) designed to prepare and support speech-language pathology master level students in working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Grantees receive additional training in literacy development, language and literacy connections, and augmentative & alternative communication (AAC), as well as completing practicum experiences with children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. For more information please contact: Dr. Ilsa Schwarz (Co-Investigator), Dr. Jillian McCarthy (Co-Investigator), or Emily Noss (Field Experience Coordinator) at

Volunteering in L3 is a great way to become familiar with the lab setting, as well as to get hands-on experience with research involving language and literacy development and disorders. Volunteers may contribute to the lab in many ways, including but not limited to: stimulus development, data collection, data processing, and clerical work. If you are interested in volunteering in L3, please email Dr. Schwarz or Dr. McCarthy at

Last Published: Mar 12, 2021