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7th Language Technology Industry Summit

Focusing on Learner: Language Second Language Acquisition Basics for Teachers
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7/27/2015 to 7/31/2015
When: 7/27/2015
Where: University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota 
United States

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University of Minnesota - CARLA 2015 Summer Institute

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Focusing on Learner Language:

Second Language Acquisition Basics for Teachers

July 27–31, 2015

Target Audience: Middle school through postsecondary foreign language and ESL teachers, language teacher educators, and administrators. It is not designed for teachers of younger children.

Second language acquisition research and its tools can help language teachers understand the way learners’ language develops in their own classrooms, and how they can tailor their instruction to better meet the needs of their students. This summer institute will provide teachers with skills in the analysis of learners’ language with an indepth look at these key questions:

  • How can we better understand the unique grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation patterns of learner language, and how these develop?
  • How can we use this understanding to fine-tune our pedagogy?

Participants will expand their repertoire of tasks and activities to get learners speaking and writing, and practice analyzing the language learners produce to identify patterns of grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary usage. The week will end with an examination of the impact of content-based instruction (CBI) on critical thinking and on learners’ development of more complexity in their language. Institute participants will work together using principles of design thinking to consider implications for their own classroom teaching. Participants should bring their textbooks to the institute to facilitate their development of supplementary tasks and activities based on second language acquisition and CBI.

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