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LINGUIST List 22.1745

Tue Apr 19 2011

Confs: Language Acquisition/United Kingdom

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        1.     Annabelle David , Younger = Better?

Message 1: Younger = Better?
Date: 18-Apr-2011
From: Annabelle David <annabelle.davidncl.ac.uk>
Subject: Younger = Better?
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Younger = Better?

Date: 14-Jul-2011 - 15-Jul-2011
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Contact: Kevin McManus
Contact Email: kevin.mcmanusncl.ac.uk
Meeting URL: http://www.flloc.soton.ac.uk/events.html

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Meeting Description:

Younger = Better?
Comparing 5, 7 and 11 Year Olds Learning French in the Classroom
14th & 15th July 2011
Newcastle University

Keynote Address:

Age Effects in SLA: Why Learning Context Matters So Much
Carmen Muñoz, Universitat de Barcelona

Discussants:

Dick Johnstone, University of Stirling Emma Marsden, University of York

This conference is the culmination of a 2-year project funded by the ESRC
on the role played by age in the early classroom learning of French. (Award
number: RES-062-23-1545). The project has investigated linguistic
development and attitudes in beginners aged 5, 7 and 11 following a similar
curriculum taught by the same teacher.

The conference takes place over two days, one for education professionals
and the other for researchers in the field of second language acquisition.

The first day (Thursday 14th July) targets MFL teachers, teacher trainers,
policy makers and education professionals. A film produced by the research
team will document the teaching style used during the project and will be
followed by a presentation of findings on the linguistic development of the
children, and on the role of literacy, attitudes and motivation in each year
group (Years 1, 3 and 7). A round-table discussion will follow.

The second day (Friday 15th July) will focus on the project's research
agenda, and will include an opening keynote speech by Carmen Muñoz,
from the University of Barcelona on the current state of play in research on
the role of age in second language acquisition. The research team will then
present its research findings. Topics covered will include: linguistic
development (e.g. vocabulary and syntax,) the role of gestures in language
teaching and learning, attitudes and motivation, as well as the role of
working memory and literacy. A discussion will be led by Emma Marsden
(University of York) and Dick Johnstone (University of Stirling) on the
implications of the research for early language learning in the classroom
and with suggestions for future research.

To register for the conference and for further details, visit the project
website: http://www.flloc.soton.ac.uk/events.html

Or contact: kevin.mcmanusncl.ac.uk or liz.o'sullivanncl.ac.uk

Thursday 14th July

13.00 - 13.30
Registration

13.30 - 14.00
Project overview

14.00 - 14.30
Film: Teaching French in the Primary

14.30
Coffee break

14.45 - 15.15
The development of French in young learners and its relationship to literacy

15.15 - 15.45
Children's attitudes, motivation and learning strategies in years 1, 3 and 7

15.45 -16.30
Discussion

Friday 15th July
09.00 - 09.15
Welcome and introduction

09.15 - 10.15
Keynote speaker: Carmen Muñoz (title tbc)

10.15 - 10.45
Project overview

10.45
Coffee break

11.00 - 11.30
Attitudes and motivation for learning French in the classroom

11.30 - 12.00
Multimodal language learning: the role of gesture

12.00 - 12.30
Learning words: factors influencing receptive vocabulary development

12.30
Lunch and poster session

14.00 - 14.30
Age related effects on grammatical development

14.30 - 15.00
The relationship between linguistic development, working memory and
literacy

15.00 - 15.30
Implications of results (Critical period)

15.30
Coffee break

15.45 - 17.00
Discussants' reply and discussion



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