Ellis 1997

Next week (week 15) we will be discussing Ellis’ 1997 article on SLA and Language Pedagogy. After reading the article, post some critical thinking questions in the comments below that you would like us to discuss in class next week.

Natural languages?

Choose a side: Would you consider interlanguages to be “natural languages”? Discuss why or why not.

Gass and Selinker Chapter 14

In Chapter 14, the textbook presents a model of second language acquisition that is meant to provide an explanation for how all the various pieces of language acquisition fit together. What do you think of this model? Does it live up to this claim? Choose any topic we’ve covered in this course and discuss it in relation to the model provided. Make sure you show what the model does and does not account for.

Gass and Selinker Chapter 11

This week, we will be discussing the teaching of second languages, and reading (among other things), chapter 11 in the Gass and Selinker book. Choose one part of this chapter and respond to it. Do *not* simply summarize what the book says. Instead, clearly state some claim that the book makes, and then discuss/critique/analyze it. You might give an original example that supports a claim, or provide a counterexample that refutes it. You might also make connections with some material you’ve learned previously in this course, or raise a question as to how to test some claim that is made, or even offer a possible experimental way to test a controversial claim.

Kroll et al 2002

Last week, we read and discussed the article by Kroll et al on the development of fluency in L2. A number of interesting questions were raised which the discussion leaders might like to reiterate here so that other members of the class can comment and discuss them. In addition, any other comments on this article and issues it raises, or things you particularly liked or disliked about it, can be discussed here.

Nekrasova 2009

Last week, we read and discussed the article by Nekrasova on lexical bundles. A number of interesting questions were raised by Dulce, Jill, and Anna, who might like to reiterate the questions here so that other members of the class can comment and discuss them. In addition, any other comments on this article and issues it raises, or things you particularly liked or disliked about it, can be discussed here.

Ionin etal 2009

Last week, we read and discussed the article by Ionin et al on the acquisition of article semantics. A number of interesting questions were raised by Sean, Dana, Namrata, Micah, Elizabeth, and Meghan, who might like to reiterate the questions here so that other members of the class can comment and discuss them. In addition, any other comments on this article and issues it raises, or things you particularly liked or disliked about it, can be discussed here.

Literature in L2 phonology

In this post, your comment should include the following:
(1) The full citation for the article that you are using
(2) Two paragraphs that discuss the central claims of the background literature that the author presents
(3) One paragraph that states the contribution of the article that you are using to this general area of research

You will be able to choose an article in class today that you will use for this. Please do not go out on your own and select one!

Altenberg 2005 (both a and b)

The Altenberg articles we are reading this week discuss a number of experiments that were used to look at L2 knowledge of phonology. What ways can you see that this research could be extended? What other populations might you use? What other methodologies might you employ?

L2 semantics, pragmatics, and lexical knowledge

We have at various times discussed different aspects of L2 semantics, pragmatics, and lexical knowledge. Let’s use this post and its comments to gather that information into a single spot. You can post about things we’ve discussed in class, things you’ve read in the book, things you’ve read in other articles, things you’ve noticed for yourself in work with second language speakers, ways to better improve this type of knowledge in L2 speakers, or really anything related to L2 semantics, pragmatics, and lexical knowledge. However, you must cite your source (if it’s your own observation, then say so!) and offer some additional thought, comment, question, or critique that goes beyond just what you have read or heard in class. The question is, what do we know about L2 semantics, pragmatics, and lexical knowledge?

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