Teaching Language Science Conference

We will host the Teaching Language Science Conference on June 20, 21, and 22, 2023. The conference activities will occur online. The conference will run daily from approximately 10:00 a.m. CT to 2:00 p.m. CT for a total of 11.25 contact hours. Attendees will be able to earn up to 10 hours (aka 'professional development hours') toward ASHA CE. 

For those unable to participate synchronously, you may opt to participate asynchronously. Asynchronous access will be available through mid July.


Teaching Language Science Conference

Hosted by

Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences

June 20-21-22, 2023

10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Central Time

8:00 am – Noon, Pacific Time | 11 am – 3 pm, Eastern Time

(11.25 professional development hours)

Conference Learning Outcomes. At the end of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Plan a language science course using principles of backward design
  • Lay out learning language science competencies expected at the graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Describe the importance of language science knowledge to evidence-based clinical practice in speech-language pathology
  • Delineate an argument to include language science coursework in preprofessional education in speech-language pathology
  • Describe the value of multiple resources available for teaching language science content
  • Conduct a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis when considering language science instruction with your program’s graduate and undergraduate curriculum


Tuesday, June 20, 2023

10:00 – 10:15          Introduction to the Conference (Schuele)

10:15 – 10:30          Where’s Language Science in the Foundational Coursework of Communication Sciences and Disorders? (Schuele)

10:30 – 11:00          Small Group Discussion

11:00 – 11:30          Language Science: What do we know about the foundational language science knowledge of students in speech-language pathology? (Schuele, Brimo)

11:30 – Noon          Q&A/Small Group Discussion

12:00 – 12:15          Break

12:15 – 1:00            Evolution of an Undergraduate Course in Language Science within Two CSD Departments (Abel, Redmond)

1:00 – 1:30             Q&A

1:30 – 1:50              Small Group Discussion: Application to Your Program

1:50 – 2:00              Closing Remarks and Looking Forward to Wednesday



Wednesday, June 21, 2023

10:00 – 10:30          Without language science competency how can SLPs address the challenges of children who speak nonmainstream dialects and who are second language learners?  (Byrd, Mills)

10:30 – 10:45          Q&A

10:45 – 11:30          Challenges of Teaching a Language Science Course to Undergraduates (Hollo, Ogiela, Whittle)

1:30 – 11:45          Q&A

11:45 - 12:00           BREAK

12:00 – 12:45          Teaching Students About Learning: Using Science to Help Students Understand Learning Strategies (Lund)

12:45 – 1:00            Q&A

1:00 – 1:30              Small Group Discussion: Language Science Knowledge: What should students know?

1:30 – 1:50              Resources for Teaching Language Science (Rispoli, Crowley, Schuele)

1:50 – 2:00            Closing Remarks and Looking Forward to Wednesday


Thursday, June 22, 2023


10:00 – 11:30          Backward Design: Principles and Application to Planning a Language Science Course/Coursework with small group activities (Johnson)

11:30 – 11:45          BREAK

11:45 – 1:30            Small Group Work

                               (a) Planning a language science stand-alone undergraduate course

                               (b) Finding places for language science content in current undergraduate coursework

                               (c) Graduate instruction that culminates in language science competency for clinical practice

1:30 – 2:00              Summation and Evaluation Activities


Conference Presenters

Alexandra Hollo, PhD | West Virginia State University

Alyson Abel, PhD | San Diego State University 

Arynn Byrd, MS | University of Maryland

C. Melanie Schuele, PhD | Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Cate Crowley, PhD, JD | Teacher College, Columbia University

Danielle Brimo, PhD | Texas Christian University

Diane Ogiela, PhD | Idaho State University

Emily Lund, PhD | Texas Christian University

Jessica Whittle, MS | Austin Peay University

Matthew Rispoli, PhD | University of Illinois

Monique Mills, PhD | University of Houston

Sean Redmond, PhD | University of Utah

Stacey Johnson, PhD | Vanderbilt University

There is a single registration fee ($450) for each program/department. This registration fee enables anyone in your department/program to participate. 

Program Registration: https://redcap.link/TLSregistration
*** One registration completion per program

Participant information surveyhttps://redcap.link/TLSparticipant
*** All participants complete this survey individually

Payment options
(a) Paying by credit card at this site: https://pay.instamed.com/vumc_hearing_speech

(b) Paying via check, made payable to the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and mailed to:

Melanie Schuele
8310 MCE East, South Tower
1215 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37232

(c) Requesting an invoice by emailing childlanguageandliteracylab@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: Given that it close to the end of the fiscal year for many universities, if you would like to defer payment until after July 1, 2023, please let us know: childlanguageandliteracylab@gmail.com