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Communicating with other worlds

Formal linguistic second language acquisition research and language teaching

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.

Venue: York University

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