Centre for Reading and Language

Elizabeth Fieldsend

Elizabeth Fieldsend

Email: e_fieldsend@hotmail.com


Liz initially trained as a Speech and Language Therapist, specialising in children's communication and was manager of a large Speech and Language Service in London. She then trained as a teacher and managed a number of Speech and Language Centres in mainstream schools in various parts of England.

Research interests

At the CRL, Liz has been involved with research focusing on developmental disorders of reading and language and working towards developing theoretically motivated interventions. She has been involved with the Nuffield Language Intervention programme, which was an evaluation of two school-based intervention programmes for children who entered mainstream school with speech and language difficulties. Liz has also been involved with an RSC funded intervention project designed to improve the reading and language skills of poor comprehenders.


Duff, FJ., Fieldsend, E., Bowyer-Crane, C., Hulme, C. Smith, G., Gibbs, S. & Snowling, MJ. (2009) Reading with Vocabulary Intervention: Evaluation of an Instruction for Treatment Non-responders. Journal of Research in Reading, 31, 319-336.

Bowyer-Crane, C., Snowling, M.J., Duff, F.J.  Fieldsend, E.  Carroll, J., Miles, J.N.V., Goetz, K. and Hulme, C.  (2008).  Improving early language and literacy skills:  Differential effects of an oral language versus a phonology with reading intervention. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 49, 422-432