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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Full Title: 2014 SLA Graduate Student Symposium

Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Start Date: 11-Apr-2014 - 12-Apr-2014
Contact: Nelly Martin
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Meeting URL: http://2014slasymposium.lss.wisc.edu
Meeting Description: Crossing Borders: Engaging and Connecting

The graduate students at the University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin–Madison have formed a partnership to host this annual conference, with organization and hosting of the conference alternating between the universities. Our purpose is to provide an opportunity for graduate students in SLA and related disciplines to present their work and meet distinguished researchers in their field.

Studies in the field of second language acquisition (SLA) have drawn from various perspectives, among them cognitive, social, sociocultural, sociocognitive, as well as from several related fields including education, applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and from other distinct fields that considered aspects of language as part of their research focus. No doubt, these multiplicities of perspectives and cross disciplinary studies have immensely enriched the conceptual and research base of SLA. But they have often done so independently within their respective boundaries. Based on the theme: Crossing Borders: Engaging and Connecting, the 2014 SLA graduate student symposium seeks to advance calls for new and future studies that would cut across the separate disciplinary boundaries and perspectives, as well as stimulate interactions and cooperation among them.

Plenary Speakers:

Lourdes Ortega, Georgetown University
Judith Liskin-Gasparro, University of Iowa

Panel Discussions:

1. A Single Data Source, Multiple Perspectives: How Researchers Approach their Data
2. Ethics in SLA Research
Linguistic Subfield: Language Acquisition
LL Issue: 24.5129

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