Perspectives on making language meaningful in the language learning context

Perspectives on making language meaningful in the language learning context
Work Room 2, The Diamond (Click here for a campus map and here for The Diamond Building website)
University of Sheffield
Saturday 23 January 2016


Free admission. Some funding is available to cover attendee travel expenses from the York/Leeds/Sheffield are.

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The question of how we make language meaningful in a language learning context can be addressed at a variety of levels. At the level of words and grammar, how do these elements work together to create meaning? At the level of learner engagement, what makes the language learning process more or less meaningful, and how does this impact on learning? At the level of curriculum design, what makes sense within the specific language learning context a curriculum is intended for?

At this workshop, we consider meaning in language learning from a range of perspectives, with a view to reflecting on how insights from different fields could impact on language learning and teaching practice and on language acquisition research. Lots of time for discussion and for sharing your own views included!

Programme of events

10.00: Registration (tea and coffee)

10.30: Welcome and introduction

10.35: Are we ready for a global future? Rethinking language policy and practice for 21st century Britain – Bernadette Holmes, Born Global project

11.15: Native or intercultural speakers? Insights from a study of Spanish-English tandem learning conversations – Jane Woodin, University of Sheffield

11.55: Discussion

12.15: Lunch

13.15: Making language meaningful: Task-based interaction in a foreign language setting – Maria del Pilar García Mayo, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)

13.55: Mapping meaning onto form: learning to talk about past time in French and Spanish– Ros Mitchell & Roumyana Slabakova, University of Southampton

14.35: Tea/coffee

15.00: Panel Discussion. Panelists include Eva Lamb (ALL Yorkshire), as well as the invited speakers

15.45: Close of workshop

Interested in this event? Why not also register for our “What does the explicit/implicit learning distinction mean in current second language acquisition research?” event on Friday January 22nd at the University of Sheffield.