Study on Language & Literacy Development in Canadian Children
Please read the following before completing the questionnaire:

Study Goals: Our study aims to better understand literacy development in Canadian children. This study focuses on vocabulary and phonological processing (i.e. sound-based awareness), two very important language skills which help facilitate reading development.

Study Description and Participation:

Please complete this questionnaire if your child is between 4 years of age up to Grade 2 (7-8 years of age), and either:
A. Only speaks and understands English
B. Speaks and understands English and another language
C. Speaks and/or understands both English and Urdu

The research study will involve the following:
- 2 language and demographic background questionnaires (for parent completion: 10-15 minutes)
- 3 English word games involving picture-naming, sound-based games and reading (1 hour)

If your child knows another language in addition to English (i.e., Urdu) and is between the ages of 6-7 years, then:
- * A session involving 3 Urdu word games (picture-naming, sound-based games and reading) is an option (1 hour)

The researcher will conduct the word games online (through Zoom or Skype) with your child. The online session will take approximately 1 hour (*except for English-Urdu bilingual children who can participate in 2 online sessions; each session will take approximately 1 hour and can be done on different days). Please Note: we are currently only conducting English sessions; as such, Urdu-English bilinguals will only complete 1 English session. If you are interested in the Urdu session, please let the researcher know so we can contact you in the future when we resume the Urdu sessions.

How will your data be used?

Your completion of this questionnaire is voluntary. You can withdraw from this questionnaire at any point by closing the browser; your responses will not be saved, if you choose to withdraw from completing this questionnaire. If at any time you change your mind and you would like to withdraw from this questionnaire after you have submitted it, please email us and we will permanently delete your responses.

Your responses will be kept confidential and will be stored on a secure, password protected computer. No personally identifiable information will be shared with anyone. Your and your child's name will be linked to a random electronic code to ensure confidentiality of your responses.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about this study, please contact the researcher Insiya Bhalloo via email ( or phone number (416-946-8638).


Please complete the following questions about your child. Your responses on this questionnaire will remain confidential. We will be in touch by email if your child is eligible for participation in this research study. Thank you for your time and interest!


Insiya Bhalloo (MSc student, Speech-Language Pathology)
Multilingual Development Lab
Department of Speech-Language Pathology
Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Phone: +1 416-946-8638
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