Master class school research

Language research with children: how is it done?

Are you in 4/5/6 HAVO or VWO and would you like to know more about how babies and young children learn language and how language research is done for your profile assignment? Then take part in the unique online masterclass: "Language research in children: how do you do that?". The master class is organized from the Baby & Child Research Center by the Language Development.

What will you learn?

During this masterclass we provide information about language development and language research in children. Examples of topics covered are:

  • Why do we talk to babies in a special way?
  • Do all children learn language in the same way?
  • Why do children pronounce words differently than adults?
  • How do children communicate before they can talk?

In the masterclass you will receive lectures about language development of babies and young children, and about setting up a research project (including formulating a question, conducting research and analyzing data). In between you take a look at the children's language lab to see how we do research.

In the second part of the masterclass you will work in small groups to apply the knowledge you have acquired to your own research. Our researchers look forward to hearing your research ideas and thinking along about any questions you may have. This new information will help you write your profile paper (under the supervision of your own teacher and based on the guidelines of your own school).

For whom?

This masterclass is intended for HAVO and VWO students who are going to write their profile paper on child language acquisition. Due to the content of the masterclass, it is important that you already have some idea of what your research question is, so that we can divide the groups based on this. 

Practical information

  • Deelname aan de masterclass is gratis
  • De masterclass zal mogelijk (deels) in het Engels zijn
  • Datum: 20 april 2023 | Locatie: Online | Tijd: 13:00-16:00u
  • Volgende masterclass: 5 oktober 2023 | Locatie: MPI in Nijmegen
  • If you have any questions about the masterclass, please contact