LINGUIST List 31.3913

Thu Dec 17 2020

Confs: Applied Ling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 17-Dec-2020
From: Jennifer Hill <>
Subject: Teaching and learning vocabulary in the language classroom (TESOL Italy Val d’Adige-Etschtal Local Group)
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Teaching and learning vocabulary in the language classroom (TESOL Italy Val d’Adige-Etschtal Local Group)

Date: 29-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2021
Location: Online (hosted by the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)
Contact: Jennifer Hill
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The TESOL Italy Val d'Adige-Etschtal Local Group cordially invites you to the online event, ''Teaching and learning vocabulary in the language classroom,'' hosted online with the support of the Language Centre, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano on Friday, 29 January 2021 from 14:00 - 16:00.

Presentation: Obstacles and enablers in language education: lessons from a new national curriculum, Professor Tess Fitzpatrick (Swansea University, Wales, UK)

Workshop: How might word frequency inform vocabulary teaching and learning? Andrew Wimhurst (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)

To register for the event, please sign up using the following link no later than Friday, 22 January 2021: Once you have signed up, you will receive information as to how to follow the event online shortly before the scheduled event time.

Sponsored by Macmillan Education

Full Conference Description:

''Obstacles and enablers in language education: lessons from a new national curriculum''

Professor Fitzpatrick will speak about the key findings from a report commissioned by the Welsh government in 2017 to assess the relative effectiveness of second language teaching approaches. The presentation will explore the psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, educational, and affective factors that were found to be more influential than any teaching methods or approaches. The talk will then consider the practical implications of these findings for teachers, learners and assessors using vocabulary instruction as a focus.

Professor Tess Fitzpatrick is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Swansea University where she is Head of the Department of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Language Research Centre. Tess was Chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics 2015-2018. In 2017, she was awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences for her work in lexical studies and in widening understanding of cognitive processes in language learning and education.
''How might word frequency inform vocabulary teaching and learning?''

Andrew Wimhurst (MA TESOL) will lead a workshop introducing participants to online word frequency (WF) lists which can inform the decision-making process when choosing online texts for teaching and assessment. The workshop will conclude with an overview as to how recent WF research is reshaping how vocabulary is counted and the implications this may have for English language teaching.

Andrew Wimhurst is the Scientific and Didactic Collaborator for English at the Language Centre the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and a part-time PhD student in Applied Linguistics (Lexical Studies) at Swansea University. He was the Coordinator of TESOL Italy-Val d' Adige-Etschtal Local Group from 2018-2020.


The event is open to TESOL Italy members. For those who are not TESOL Italy members for the current year, a free, one-time provisional membership card will be issued. The conditions of this card will be explained by the local group coordinator. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance providing they request one and complete the online feedback survey.*

*TESOL Italy (con i suoi gruppi locali) è riconosciuta come ente qualificato alla formazione e all'aggiornamento per insegnanti di lingua inglese nelle scuole di ogni ordine e grado-Autorizzazione MIUR, Direttiva 90/2003.

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