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Confs: Applied Ling, Psycholing, Lang Acquisition/Spain

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        1.    Montserrat Sanz, Advances in the Sciences of Language and Their Application to Second Language Teaching

Message 1: Advances in the Sciences of Language and Their Application to Second Language Teaching
Date: 19-Feb-2010
From: Montserrat Sanz <msanz.kobegmail.com>
Subject: Advances in the Sciences of Language and Their Application to Second Language Teaching
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Advances in the Sciences of Language and Their Application to Second Language Teaching

Date: 16-Mar-2010 - 17-Mar-2010
Location: Segovia, Spain
Contact: Montserrat Sanz
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.horizontecultural.com

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

Advances in the Sciences of Language and Their Application to Second Language Teaching

Organizers:

Dr. Montserrat Sanz, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Dr. J. Manuel Igoa, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Dr. Antonio Lopez, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Segovia

This international and interdisciplinary seminar is designed to bring together experts in the Sciences of Language and L2 teaching professionals. The ultimate goal is to update and reformulate the debates that should be addressed by language pedagogues in light of findings from Linguistics, Psycholinguistics and L2 processing research, with the hope of building a bridge between scientific theories and teaching practices.

The popularization of L2 teaching brought with it a need to find efficient methods of teaching in formal settings. The debates in this field have hinged mainly around the alleged advantages of communicative activities versus traditional methods based on explicit grammar explanations, translation and pattern-repetition exercises. However, all these approaches (including audiolingual and direct ones) have their roots in linguistic and psychological theories that have been questioned by researchers of the Sciences of Language. Structural descriptions of language, which underlie both traditional and functionalist/communicative approaches, contrast with generative/lexicalist analyses based on features that are not always visible through morphemes. However, these latter analyses have not been incorporated yet in most teaching methods. At the same time, approaches to L2 teaching rely heavily on behaviourist premises about learning that have been replaced with mentalist and cognitivist theories among researchers of Linguistics and language processing. In addition, new challenges have arisen in this era in which audiovisual and interactive materials are exploited for language teaching. UNED/CUID (Spanish National Open University/Center for Online Language Teaching), as a pioneer of online teaching, is in a privileged position to incorporate findings from Linguistics and Psycholinguistics (e.g., structural links between apparently unconnected grammatical constructions, language processing strategies, mental maps of the lexicon, etc.) into the new generation of L2 teaching materials. This seminar will make possible an approximation between researchers in the theoretical and experimental fields of language and those responsible for innovation in language teaching.


Programa/Program:

[Nota: las charlas aparecen con su título en inglés. Las señaladas con el símbolo (E) serán impartidas en español, con materiales en inglés. Las ponencias en inglés contarán con materiales de apoyo en español. Las mesas redondas serán bilingües.
Note: the talks appear with their English titles. Those with the symbol (E) will be given in Spanish with English materials. Those given in English will be complemented with supporting materials in Spanish. Round tables are bilingual]

Día 1, 16 de marzo de 2010/Day 1, March 16th, 2010

10:00-10:45
Presentación y charla introductoria/ Opening and introductory talk (E)
The Sciences of Language and Their Application to Second Language Teaching. State of the Art and Current Debates in Language Teaching.
Dr. José Manuel Igoa González. Associate Professor. Department of Psychology. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Dr. Montserrat Sanz Yagüe, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish. Kobe City University of Foreign Studies (Japan), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

10:45-11:30
Syntactic Variation in Generative Grammar. (E)
Dr. Luis Eguren. Full Professor. Department of Spanish Philology. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

11:30-12:15
Perceptual/Probabilistic Information in Language Processing and Pseudosyntax. Why Do We Need Pseudosyntax for Processing?
Dr. Thomas G. Bever. Full Professor. Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science Program. University of Arizona.

Descanso/Break

12:45-13:45
Mesa Redonda/Round Table: Are We Teaching Syntax, Pseudosyntax or Both?
Dirigida por Dra. Amaya Mendikoetxea/Directed by Dr. Amaya Mendikoetxea. Con la participación de algunos de los ponentes/With the participation of some of the speakers.

Comida/Lunch

16:00-16:45
Properties and Internal Structure of the Lexicon. The Generative Lexicon. (E)
Dr. Elena de Miguel. Full Professor. Department of Spanish Philology. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

16:45-17:30
Mental Maps of the Lexicon. Cross-Linguistic Data on The Organization of the Lexicon.
Dr. Gabriella Vigliocco. Full Professor. Department of Psychology and Co-director of the Deafness Cognition and Language Center. University College London.

Descanso/Break

17:45-18:30
Language Policies and Language Teaching in Multilingual Countries.
Olga Bever, MA. University of Arizona.

Día 2, 17 de marzo de 2010/Day 2, March 17th, 2010

10:00-10:45
The Lexicon in Bilinguals and L2 Learners. State of the Art. (E)
Dr. Rosa María Sánchez-Casas, Associate Professor. Department of Psychology. Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain).

10:45-11:30
Emerging Issues in L2 Vocabulary Teaching
Dr. Noriko Iwasaki. Chair, Centre for Language Pedagogy. School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Descanso/Break

11:45-13:00
Mesa Redonda/Round Table: Transcending the Traditional View of the Lexicon. How to Incorporate the Discoveries of Linguistics and Psycholinguistics into Language Teaching.
Con la participación de algunos de los ponentes y otros invitados de las instituciones organizadoras/With the participation of some of the speakers and other invited members of the organizing institutions.

13:00-13:45
The CODE / E-Oral project: A Solution to the Problem of Carrying out Oral Language Exams within a Distance Education Environment.
Dr. Laura Alba-Juez, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Language Philologies and Linguistics and Dr. Mónica Aragonés, Director, Centro Universitario de Idiomas a Distancia (University Center for Online Language Teaching), Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spanish National Distance Learning University).


Comida/Lunch

16:00-16:45
Learners' Orientations toward L2 Acquisition: Why Learners with an Informal Orientation become Academic Failures and What can be Done to Reverse their Fate. Testing an Interface between Cultural-Historical Activity Theory and Bernstein's Sociology of Education. (E)
Prof. Arturo Escandón, MA. Researcher, Department of Education, University of Bath (UK). Professor at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies and Kyoto University.

16:45-17:30
A Case Study of Two Approaches to Using Literary Texts in English Language Teaching in Japan
Dr. Donna Tatsuki. Full Professor. Graduate School of English Language Education and Research. Kobe
City University of Foreign Studies. Dr. Lori Zenuk-Nishide. Associate Professor. Graduate School of English Language Education and Research. Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.

Descanso/Break

17:45-18:45
Mesa Redonda/Round Table: Can We Improve Contemporary L2 Teaching Practices and Materials In Light of Current Advancements in the Language Sciences?


18:45
Clausura/Closing Remarks

Ponencia alterna/Alternate talk: The Acquisition of Culturally Dependent Scripts by Russian Students of Spanish as L2. (E)
Prof. Georgy Nuzhdin. Associate Professor. University of Moscow. Researcher, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.


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