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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: 4th Bremen Symposion on Foreign Language Learning Processes

      
Short Title: Bremen Symposion
Location: Bremen, Germany
Start Date: 01-Mar-2013 - 02-Mar-2013
Contact: Anikó Brandt
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.fremdsprachenzentrum-bremen.de/1777.0.html
Meeting Description: Recent discussions in the field of foreign language teaching and learning have concerned many new aspects: including the task-based definition of learning goals, the clear differentiation of competence levels, and the introduction of binding quality standards. These discussions have also pursued the goal of improving the efficiency and success of foreign language learning processes. However, the learning processes themselves have only been taken into consideration to a much lesser extent.

The aim of the 4th Bremen Symposion is to reflect more deeply on these learning processes. The conference will focus on the following questions: How do foreign and multilingual learning processes take place, what initiates them and keeps them going, which institutional, social and media-related frameworks are needed, and which classroom and/or autonomous learning arrangements are best for fostering these learning processes and can lead to desired results.

It is worth asking these questions because in order to answer them we are able to take advantage of the findings of research in the field of foreign language learning and teaching, as well as the work and the experience of the practitioners in the language centres. In their attempts to understand the complex interaction of the numerous aspects influencing foreign language learning processes, both researches and practitioners have generated a wealth of insights. This, on the other hand, entails an increasing need for orientation through selection, weighting and classification.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition
Subject Language: None
LL Issue: 23.2615


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