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7th Language Technology Industry Summit


Focusing on Learner Language: Second Language Acquisition Basics for Teachers
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7/18/2016 to 7/22/2016
When: Monday, July 18, 2016
Where: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota 
United States

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Focusing on Learner Language:

Second Language Acquisition Basics for Teachers

July 18–22, 2016

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

This summer institute will show language teachers how to use second language acquisition research tools in analyzing learner language development in their own classrooms, and use what they learn to fine-tune their support for language acquisition in their classrooms. This institute draws heavily on the book Exploring Learner Language. Each teacher will receive a copy of this book as part of the institute.

Participants will expand their repertoire of communication tasks and activities to stimulate unrehearsed use of the language. They will practice analyzing this learner language from different perspectives to identify developing patterns of grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary. They will analyze the impact of content-based instruction (CBI) and critical thinking activities on increased complexity, accuracy and fluency in learner language. Participants should bring their language textbooks to the institute so they can use them in developing supplementary tasks and activities based on what they have learned about second language acquisition and CBI.

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