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2022 ASHA Research Symposium: Giang T. Pham, Bilingual Development in Context: Children’s First Language in Assessment and Beyond

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posted on 2023-08-31, 22:39 authored by Giang T. Pham

This presentation video is from the Research Symposium at the 2022 Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association held in New Orleans, LA.

The abstract for the accompanying article is below. This article is part of the JSLHR Forum: Research Symposium on Bilingualism.

Purpose: This review article offers a narrativized synthesis of my research over the past 15+ years with Vietnamese-speaking children based on data collected from individual bilingual and monolingual children in preschool and elementary schools.

Method: I begin with a positionality narrative to describe who I am in relation to the research conducted. I provide an overview of the research program including tool building and how my research with bilinguals in the United States led me to international collaborations in Vietnam.

Results: I present main findings from this body of work in three areas: typical bilingual development, reading performance in Vietnam, and characteristics of developmental language disorder in the Vietnamese language. Implications within each area are discussed in terms of clinical application and future research directions. Practitioners and researchers alike can freely access the Vietnamese assessment tools created and validated to date from our website,

Conclusions: This research overview aims to offer clinicians and researchers the sociocultural context for understanding the relevance of this body of research. It also serves as an invitation for new generations of scholars, particularly scholars of color, to see their own unique positionings and perspectives as valuable and necessary for scientific innovation and progress.

Pham, G. T. (2023). A narrative approach to synthesizing research on Vietnamese bilingual and monolingual children. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Advance online publication.


This article stems from the 2022 Research Symposium at ASHA Convention, which was supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders under Award R13DC003383. The research summarized here was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH; F31HD055113 and K23DC014750) and multiple university-level grants awarded to Giang T. Pham. Article writing was supported by R01DC019335 (Principal Investigator: Pham). The creation of online resources described in this review article was funded by the 2019 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Multicultural Grant.