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Dr. Carol Lord

Dr. Carol Lord Title: Professor
Office Location: PSY 207
Phone Number: (562) 985-1146
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Bachelor’s Degree: 1960, English, Stanford
Master’s Degree: 1961, Education, Stanford
Ph.D.: 1989, Linguistics, UCLA

Teaching/Research Interests:

Professor Carol Lord has investigated the nature of language structures in the context of historical change, including serial verb constructions in African languages. She has conducted research on the influence of children’s language proficiency and text features on test performance. She has investigated the nature of academic language used in textbooks and in classrooms, and has analyzed acoustic patterns in the oral reading of proficient and non-proficient readers in order to better understand how readers comprehend the meaning of written text.

Dr. Lord, Associate Prof. Michael Fender, and Emeritus Professor Robert Berdan have collaborated with the Long Beach Unified School District to develop computer-assisted reading programs which have increased reading fluency among third graders with low reading proficiency.  

Courses Taught:

  • LING 329: Language Acquisition
  • LING/EDSE 339: Linguistics for Crosscultural Academic Development in Secondary School Settings
  • LING 363i: Implications of Human Language
  • LING 421: English Syntax
  • LING 500: Educational Linguistics
  • LING 562: Second Language Testing and Assessment
  • LING 575 Literacy and Linguistics
  • LING 580: Linguistic Field Methods
  • LING 593: Practicum in TESL
  • EDRG 540: Advanced Studies in Literacy
  • EDRG 558: Language Study for Reading Teachers

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