Tamara Sorenson Duncan, PhD


Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta



I study bilingual and second language acquisition in childhood. I am particularly interested in children and families who have moved internationally to countries where the majority language differs from their home language (e.g., immigrant and refugee children in Canada).  My current research focuses on the interdependencies between input and environment factors as determinants of bilingual acquisition.  Previously (but a continuing research interest), my research has centered around bilingual children’s performance on standardized language assessments. More details about particular research projects and publications can be found in the “Research” link below.  

Child English as s Second Language Resource Center:

The CHESL Centre is the outcome of a research program designed to compile resources to assist clinicians and educators in assessing the language development of children learning English as a second language. These resources consist primarily of information on ESL children’s oral language skills during their first 3 years of learning English in a preschool or school classroom. Children’s language performance was measured through standardized language tests, narrative language samples, and parent questionnaires.” 


Benefits of Bilingualism:

Increasingly research underscores the benefits of bilingualism. This brochure highlights some of these research findings. 


Practical Resources about Bilingualism:

Last updated April 30, 2017