"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
The SLAT Roundtable is an annual conference sponsored by the University of Arizona's Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT). The roundtable serves as a site of scholar exchange for researchers in a number of fields relating to second and foreign language acquisition, learning, and teaching. The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Julie A. Belz (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and the plenary speaker is Dr. Norma Mendoza-Denton (University of Arizona).