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Thu May 07 2015

Confs: Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition/Netherlands

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Date: 07-May-2015
From: Rasmus Steinkrauss <>
Subject: Symposium on Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency in L2 Production
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Symposium on Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency in L2 Production

Date: 11-Jun-2015 - 11-Jun-2015
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Contact: Cornelia Lahmann
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Meeting Description:

Symposium: Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency in L2 Production

Location: Senaatszaal, Academy Buildung, University of Groningen
Date: 11 June 2015
Time: 9 to 12 o’clock
Speakers: Fanny Forsberg Lundell, Jan Hulstijn, Nivja de Jong, Folkert Kuiken, Cornelia Lahmann

What makes a second language (L2) user a proficient language user? This is a highly controversial question given the different views on the construct of language proficiency. In the SLA literature it is however more or less agreed upon that the construct of L2 proficiency is multi-componential it may be captured by assessing the complexity, accuracy, and fluency (CAF) of L2 productions (Housen, Kuiken, & Vedder, 2012).

The complexity of an object has been defined in terms of the number of constituents and their relationship (Bulté & Housen, 2012). The first two presentations will focus on the construct of complexity as a dimension of L2 proficiency. Whereas the first talk will focus on complexity in the speech of adult native speakers (Hulstijn), the second talk will focus primarily on L2 written production (Kuiken).

Regarding fluency one may distinguish between cognitive fluency, utterance fluency and perceived fluency (Segalowitz, 2010), and for utterance fluency the distinction has been made between repair, breakdown, and speed fluency (Skehan, 2003). Fluency is thus a multifaceted construct. The third presentation will shed light on this construct as an indicator of L2 proficiency (de Jong).

While the majority of studies assessing complexity, accuracy, and fluency of L2 productions have focussed on the L2 classroom context and beginning to advanced levels of L2 proficiency, less research has been carried out applying the CAF approach for learners beyond the advanced stage and in a naturalistic L2 learning environment. The fourth presentation will focus on high-level spoken L2 French (Forsberg Lundell), whereas the fifth presentation will address high-level spoken L2 English (Lahmann). Both presentations will also link their results to the debate on the possibility of nativelike attainment.

Attendance is free of charge.
The event is kindly funded by the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) and by NWO (project number: 360-7-420).

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