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Finding the key to successful L2 learning in groups and individuals (Gastvortrag)

DateMonday, 11th December 2017

veranstalter: Prof. Dr. Marjolijn Verspoor (University of Groningen)
institution: HPSL
language: Englisch
location institution: Basel
date_raw: 11. Dezember, 16-18 Uhr
date_sort: 11.12.2017, 00:00:00

dynamic systems theory and L2 development


explaining what a complex dynamic system is and how it links with a dynamic
usage based view of language and language acquisition, I will show its
relevance to tracing L2 development with several case studies. I will argue
that variability (rapid ups and downs within an individual’s language
behavior), variation (major differences between individuals’ developmental
paths) and variety (differences in developmental paths for different
sub-systems of the language and at different levels of proficiency) should be
accepted as the norm in L2 development. I will then speculate about what this
means for teaching. For example, in a dynamic usage based view of learning,
forming strong associations between forms, their uses and meanings is what is
needed and therefore frequency of meaningful exposure is one of the main
drivers of development. Moreover, during L2 development, variability (the use
of both target and non-target forms) are needed to make progress.