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Language acquisition research and the German language classroom

Grammatik im DaF-Unterricht: Spracherwerbsforschung und Unterrichtspraxis

Monday 29 June 2015, University of York

This workshop brought together teachers of German and teachers and researchers interested in German language learning are invited to showcase research on some of our favourite (and most troublesome!) German grammar points. It discussed, among other topics, why case and gender are so tricky and how we might help learners to master these and other aspects of German.

Speakers included:

Rowena Hanan, University of York: Exploring the effectiveness of grammar teaching for the young foreign language learner.

Holger Hopp, Universität Mannheim: Case and Gender Marking in L2 German: Processing evidence and teaching effects

Previous events:

Psycholinguistic Research and the Language Classroom

Tuesday 16 December 2014

Psycholinguistic research into foreign language learning investigates topics such as how language learners process the language they are learning, what happens during comprehension of the second (or third, etc.) language, and whether language processing in a non-native language differs from native language processing. The aim of this workshop was to communicate some of the findings of psycholinguistic research into language learning for a language teacher audience, and to invite teachers’ views on whether and how this research could interact with language teaching practice.

Leah Roberts – Centre for Language Learning Research, Department of Education, University of York
Grammatical processing in real time: Investigating what a second language learner knows about the target language

Shirley-Ann Rueschemeyer – Department of Psychology, University of York
Processing word meanings in early vs. late stages of second language learning


Developing Linguistic Expertise for the Language Classroom

Saturday 25 October 2014

Melinda Whong – University of Leeds

Elaine Lopez and Mona Sabir – University of York, University of Leeds
The meaning of articles and their place in the language classroom

James Wilson – University of Leeds
What can you do if the grammar book doesn’t help? Some examples from Russian
The corpora search tool used in this talk was Intellitext.

Roumyana Slabakova – University of Southampton
Redundant object pronouns in Spanish


Building a dialogue between language teaching and second language acquisition theory

26 April 2014, University of York

Marina Mozzon-McPherson – University of Hull
Challenges and opportunities within language education in the UK today

Heather Marsden, Kook-Hee Gil & Melinda Whong – University of York, University of Sheffield, University of Leeds
Second language acquisition theory to language classroom practice: some case studies from current research

Cinzia Bacilieri, Thomas Jochum-Critchley & Dan Li – University of York
From teaching practice to SLA research: Questions arising from grammar teaching and learning within a communicative framework

Cristóbal Lozano –  Universidad de Granada
How can second language acquisition research inform us about language teaching?


Towards new perspectives on researching language learning in the classroom

13 February 2014, University of Sheffield

Invited speaker: Emma Marsden, York