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START DATE 22 March 2017
END DATE 22 March 2017

We are pleased to invite you to our weekly Research Seminar Series on Wednesday March 22nd from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park. The Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 190 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. This week’s presentation is:

Literacy acquisition and dyslexia as a function of orthographic transparency

Ilhan Raman

Middlesex University, UK


Successful acquisition and execution of literacy skills are perceived as fundamental aspects in contemporary everyday life. Although much research has been conducted to understand cognitive processes involved in learning how to read and write, it must nevertheless be noted that until relatively recently the focus was primarily Anglo-centric. Therefore, emerging theoretical accounts in the field provided explanations solely for literacy development in English. However, alphabetic writing systems vary on many factors one of which is based on orthographic transparency, i.e. the ease with which one can generate phonology (sound) from graphemes (letters). Since the 1990s, attention shifted to examining the role of orthographic transparency on reading in different alphabetic writing systems. Given that dyslexia is estimated to affect approximately 10% of the human population (World Health Organisation), understanding the role of orthographic transparency in reading development has become of paramount importance. The aim of this talk is to review some of the research and theories that address typical and atypical reading development in dyslexia across several alphabetic writing systems from an orthographic transparency perspective.


Dr. Ilhan Raman, Programme Leader in M.Sc. in Applied Psychology (Hendon, Dubai and Mauritius) is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University, UK and a Chartered Psychologist with research expertise in Psycholinguistics and Neuropsychology. Raman’s academic career spans over two decades and she holds a B.Sc.(Hons) in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Middlesex University, UK which was supported by a scholarship. Her research explores the extent to which underpinning cognitive processes in reading are shaped by the nature of writing systems. To date, she has conducted pioneering psycholinguistic research by employing the unique characteristics of the Turkish orthography which has been the subject of peer reviewed publications, invited keynote talks, public seminars and international collaborations. Her research interests cover understanding normal and impaired reading and spelling in children and adults in Turkish; the development of normative and diagnostic tools to assess reading and spelling in Turkish; bilingualism and the neuropsychology of language after brain damage. Raman holds full membership to numerous professional bodies and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a member of the Experimental Psychology Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.

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