The International Bilingual Education project

University of Toronto, Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development

The research project has the following two objectives. The first objective is to evaluate dynamic assessment (DA) tools for early identification of at-risk reading status for French immersion children. The second objective is to provide interventions to at-risk readers through evidence-based computer games. Based on the previous research conducted by colleagues and by our own research team, we expect that the DA tools will be able to identify at-risk readers more accurately than conventional, static measures. We predict that the educational computer games, adapted from our DA tools, will enhance children’s cognitive and linguistic skills beyond regular classroom instruction, leading to better word reading abilities in both English and French. We invite Grades 2-3 students in French immersion programs to participate in our research project. If you decide to participate in our study, your child will be followed for two years and tested at two time points: at the end of Grades 2-3 in January-May of 2021, and at the end of Grades 3-4 in January-May of 2022. Students will receive language and literacy measures in English and French (please see details below). As this project spans over two years, we will seek your consent again in the fall of 2021, soon after your child enters Grade 3-4.

Your Impact

Your input will contribute to a greater understanding of reading development in French immersion students in Canada. Moreover, the results of this research will help educators and parents gain new information and skills that can be used to support at-risk readers in French immersion programs. Finally, when our educational games are developed, they will be provided to your child’s school for free.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

7 to 9 years old

French Immersion

Grade 2

Grade 3

Study Tasks

Reading Comprehension
Word Reading
Phonological Awareness
Non-verbal Reasoning
Orthographic Awareness




French Immersion
Early Intervention

Activity and Time


Online, Observational Study

Weekdays, Weeknights, Weekends

6 hours total, 6 sessions

This study will happen in 6 one-hour sessions. There will be the possibility to re-enroll next year as well, but we will seek consent again next year.



Study Address

This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

You must be a resident in Ontario, Canada, North America to join this study

Posting date: Nov 11, 2020

Earn $10