|2016 Annual Meeting of the
Linguistics Association of Great Britain
Special events at LAGB 2016
Bernard Comrie (University of California Santa Barbara) (reporting on joint work with Raoul Zamponi, Macerata)
Paul Smolensky (Johns Hopkins University)
This workshop will be held in conjunction with Paul Smolensky's Linguistics Association Lecture on Friday 9 September 2016.
There will be a Language Tutorial on Jaminjung/Ngaliwurru, given by Eva Schultze-Berndt (Manchester University) on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September 2016.
The LAGB Education Committee will hold a two-hour session entitled Communicating with Other Worlds: Formal Linguistic Second Language Acquisition and Language Teaching, chaired by Eva Eppler (Roehampton University).
Formal linguistic second language acquisition research and the practice of language teaching share the same focus, namely the development of non-native language knowledge. Yet interactions between these two endeavours are rare. One practical reason for this is the absence of forums for such interaction. For example, conferences tend to be either research-focussed or profession-focussed. Another reason is that formal linguistic SLA research has not been widely communicated in non-technical language. We take the view that there are a lot of findings from this body of research that would be useful and informative for language teachers, and that the research community should take up the challenge to disseminate findings in an accessible way for a teacher audience. In this session, we showcase some examples of attempts to do this, at both the practical level, by holding events that specifically target both teachers and researchers; and at the level of research design, where research grounded in linguistic theory has been conducted with the involvement of teachers or with the practicalities of the classroom in mind. Finally, we present some bitesize talks in pecha kucha style, as examples of a different and potentially more accessible mode of communication about second language acquisition research.
The session will consist of:
Overview: Kook-Hee Gil (Sheffield), Heather Marsden (York) and Melinda Whong (Leeds)
Two invited talks (30 mins each),
Florence Myles (Essex):
‘The role of ‘chunks’ in second language learning and teaching’
Tom Rankin (Vienna):
'Linguistics, Education and How to do Things with Syntax'
Pecha Kucha style talks:(7 mins each)
Elaine Lopez (Leeds)
'Teaching the unteachable: articles in the L2 English classroom'
Vivienne Rogers (Swansea)
'Is there a link between learning words and learning grammar?'
Sophie Hentschel (Harrogate Grammar School)
'Teaching L1 and L2 grammar in the modern language classroom'
Discussion (20 mins)