Facilitating Vocabulary in English Language-Learners

Carla Wood Jackson, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, School of Communication Science & Disorders at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Carla Wood Jackson, Ph.D. CCC-SLP is an assistant professor in the School of Communication Science & Disorders at Florida State University. Dr. Jackson’s teaching and research focuses on child language development and disorders. She has been a certified speech-language pathologist for over 16 years including service in public elementary schools. Dr. Jackson developed a multicultural/multilingual clinical program at Florida State University which provides outreach services to ELLs in surrounding communities. Her research has focused on facilitating early language and literacy skills of English language learners. She has presented on the topic at national conferences and published in professional journals such as Language Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools, Communication Disorders Quarterly, and Early Childhood Services: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Effectiveness. Jackson is in her fourth year as the principle investigator on a 4-year training grant focusing on serving culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Dr. Carla Wood Jackson’s research lab, BLOOM, has focused on developing and examining language learning supports for young English language learners (ELLs). A series of language learning intervention studies have been conducted with the assistance of colleagues and graduate students in partnership with the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium on Migrant Education. Speech-language pathologists, teachers, and special educators continue to report challenges and obstacles in providing high quality intervention and instructional support for ELLs (Jackson, Leacox, & Callender, 2010). In response, the primary aim of BLOOM (Bridging for Language Outcomes in the Classroom) is to develop language and literacy interventions for young English language learners and refine and test implementation in authentic classrooms. Read More »