Workshop: Third Language (L3) Acquisition: A Focus on Cognitive Approaches
Language, Culture and Mind conference series
Collaborators in the project “Fundamental English” Dr. Neiloufar Family & Natalia Durus together with project director Prof. Gudrun Ziegler worked on September 12, 2011 on recent data explorations in line with an accepted paper to “Classroom Discourse” and the intermediary report for the research office of the UL. Working sessions on data-sets are held . . . → Read More: Classroom Discourse & Intermediary Report
Already a couple of years old, but this documentary gives a great overview of the different fields of cognitive science in the study of language. Enjoy!
BBC Horizon: Why we talk
PART 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75XxjJYuV7I
(Subsequent parts of the video are also available on YouTube)
The seventh international conference on Third Language Acquistion and Multilingualism will be hosted by the University of Warsaw on the 15th-17th September 2011. Discussions will address research issues in multilingualism, the multilingual society, multilingual education and teachers training, the affectivity of multilinguality, multilingual literacies and educational policies.
Under the topic of the multlingual society, . . . → Read More: L3-Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism
In my Master thesis, I used Critical Discourse Analysis methods to analyse official and social discourses on individual motives for learning Luxembourgish. Now for the PhD project, I intend to go beyond D/discourses and grasp the reality of learning through usage. The Residential Week was to be for me, a great opportunity to discuss . . . → Read More: Residential-Diary/Journal
by Natalia, in Birmingham
As the Birmingham’s Mailbox building (http://www.birminghamuk.com/BrumFoto/mailbox/mailbox.htm) changed its methodology of sending news (the former Royal Mail building is today the site for BBC Birmingham) I hereby post my first text (text as defined by Adrian Blackledge in the presentation on Critical Discourse Analysis) in this blog.
Aller . . . → Read More: Days 1-5: Languaging
Yesterday morning, we learned about the complementary school system in the UK – specifically in Leicester. Arvind Bhatt told us how these schools function as multilingual social spaces maintained by communities, mostly in urban areas. These autonomous institutions serve as meeting places for children and adults, where they socialize as bilingual learners. The questions . . . → Read More: DAY 3: Transtheorizing
After the coffee break this morning, the participants of the week got together to look at some literacy classroom activities implemented following a compulsory national directive in the UK. Sheena Gardner addressed its application in the classroom using transcripts of the interaction that was observed. The children were between 6 and 7 years old . . . → Read More: DAY 2: CAN A HEN DIG?
The residential week got underway with a smooth start this morning. After some coffee and a warm welcome from the organizing committee and other researchers from MOSAIC, we broke off into groups to discuss some key issues in multilingualism. As expected, the 38 participants come from very diverse backgrounds and harness different approaches. Discussing . . . → Read More: DAY 1: Mind the Gap
Winding down from the residential week. This past week, we learned a lot about the projects underway at the University of Birmingham dealing with multilingualism. Through a series of lectures, each of the members of MOSAIC presented their previous and current research. We learned of how they use the notions of ethnography and critical . . . → Read More: DAY 4 & 5: Ethnography and Multilingualism