Teaching for text comprehension: Supporting young second-language learners’ text comprehension in urban multiethnic preschools in Norway (PreComp)

Although we know that the competencies (e.g. oral language skills) young children develop during the preschool years are of major importance for their reading comprehension and academic success in school, little is known about how preschools may prepare children for their future learning and text comprehension.


About the project

Particularly, there is a dearth of research on how to effectively enhance the emergent literacy growth of bilingual learners in preschool. The present project aims to fill this void - building on a conceptual model that considers bilingual text comprehension as a multidimensional and dynamic construct.

The project has two primary objectives

  1. To determine the immediate and long term effects of a shared book reading intervention designed to enhance bilingual learners` comprehension of text.
  2. To explore the growth of different language skills hypothesized to affect text comprehension and their relative role in predicting text comprehension.

The project also has two secondary objectives

  1. To develop knowledge with implications for professional development addressing how preschool teachers may aid in preparing bilingual learners for future learning and text comprehension.
  2. To disseminate the knowledge gained from the project to the research community, policy makers, educators and parents.

Project leadership

  • Professor Vibeke Grøver, Department of Education, University of Oslo
  • Dr. Veslemøy Rydland, Department of Education, University of Oslo

Advisory group

  • Lill-Kristin Mørch
  • Marianne Lindvær
  • Sigrunn Skretting
  • Carina Heiman
  • Merete Andersen
  • Eirill Mathisen

Research partners

  • Professor Catherine Snow, Harvard University
  • Professor Paul Leseman, Utrecht University
  • Professor Francisco Pons, Department of Psycholgy, University of Oslo

National collaborators

  • The Deichmanske Library, Oslo
  • Preschools in the greater Oslo area
  • The Faculty of Humanities and Education at Vestfold University College


  • Veslemøy Rydland & Vibeke Grøver (2020). Language use, home literacy environment, and demography: Predicting vocabulary skills among diverse young dual language learners in Norway. Journal of Child Language.  ISSN 0305-0009.
  • Ole Smørdal & Ingvill Rasmussen (2019). Bridging concepts as intermediary knowledge in design: productive dialogues and the Talkwall microblogging tool, In Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver; G Gweon; G Niccolai; Michael J. Baker & Kristine Lund (ed.),  A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2019, Volume 1.  International Society of the Learning Sciences.  ISBN 978-1-7324672-3-1.  KAPITTEL.  s 993 - 996
  • Anja Skrepstad Amundrud & Ingvill Rasmussen (2019). Embedding Microblogging Technology to Support Classroom Dialogue, In Kristine Lund; Michael J. Baker; Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver; G Gweon & G Niccolai (ed.),  A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2019, Volume 1.  International Society of the Learning Sciences.  ISBN 978-1-7324672-3-1.  KAPITTEL.  s 648 - 652
  • Ingvill Rasmussen; Anja Skrepstad Amundrud & Sten Runar Ludvigsen (2019). Establishing and maintaining joint attention in classroom dialogues: Digital technology, microblogging and ground rules, In Louis Major; Rupert Wegerif & Neil Mercer (ed.),  The Routledge International Handbook of Research on Dialogic Education.  Routledge.  ISBN 9780429441677.  28.  s 410 - 423
  • Vibeke Grøver (2016). Implementing interventions: Building a shared understanding of why. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development.  ISSN 1520-3247.  2016, s 109- 112

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Published Oct. 23, 2012 10:21 AM - Last modified Sep. 23, 2019 3:32 PM