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UV9350 – The role of morphology in Language and Literacy development

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Course content

  1. Morphology within an integrated model of language and literacy development.
  2. Knowledge about designing programs of morphological instruction for students with reading difficulties and their normally achieving peers. What have we learned from research?

Among questions the course will address are the following:

  • How is the acquisition of morphological knowledge related to phonological awareness, grammatical awareness, and semantic knowledge (vocabulary)?
  • What do we learn from studies of different language systems about the relation of morphological knowledge and different areas of literacy (word reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension?
  • What are major research questions about the role of morphology in literacy achievement that researchers still need to address?
  • What do the results of meta-analyses and syntheses of morphology instruction tell us? Does morphological instruction contribute to morphological knowledge and literacy?
  • What program design features need to be kept in mind – for example, morphological content, grouping for instruction, duration of instruction?
  • Are there particular aspects of the Norwegian language and writing system that should be taken into account in designing instructional programs for students of different ages and abilities?



Organiser: NATED and the Department of Special Needs Education

Responsible:  Professor Solveig-Alma Halaas Lyster

Key lecturer: Professor Joanna Carlisle, University of Michigan


PhD-candidates enrolled in NATED will be given priority, but it is also possible for other PhD-candidates to apply for the course.

Candidates admitted to a PhD-program at UiO: Apply by using Studentweb.

Other applicants: Apply through registration form for external applicants.

Deadline for registration: May 16 2014.


Duration: Two days.

Dates: May 22-23, 2014.

Room: Helga Eng’s House, Room 231


1 credit point for course participation (80 % attendance required).
3 credit points for course participation and submitted paper.

Submission of paper (8 – 10 pages): The deadline for submission is August 15, 2014. The paper shall be submitted electronically to research administrator

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.


Further course information: Please contact Camilla Rake, Department of Special Needs Education, for further information.

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Spring 2014


Spring 2014

80 % attendance/submission of paper

Teaching language