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Full Title: Older Adult Language Learners

      
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Start Date: 22-Mar-2014 - 25-Mar-2014
Contact: Jessica Cox
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Panel organizer: Jessica G. Cox, Georgetown University
Discussant: TBA

As the population of physically and mentally active older adults (e.g., age 55+) increases worldwide, interest in the interaction between aging and language learning is also on the increase. From a cognitive viewpoint of second language acquisition (SLA), changes in cognition due to healthy aging may have important ramifications for SLA. From a social perspective, older adults’ views of themselves and their mental capacity may equally inform learning processes. Both perspectives are crucial for developing best practices for instructing older adults and understanding older adult SLA. In addition, both cognitive and social approaches can investigate related topics such as re-learning an attrited L1 or maintenance of active bilingualism in older age. This colloquium will investigate topics such as these to bring together the fledgling research projects in the area and suggest directions for research in the near future.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.1935


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