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CGE Research Seminar on Wednesday 20th November: Undoing hyper-corrective practices in language teacher education – a critical reappraisal of ’emergent language’

CGEThe next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 20th November 2019 from 5:00pm in Lecture Theatre B (room 1201), Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar will be presented by Martin Dewey from King’s College London and is entitled “Undoing hyper-corrective practices in language teacher education – a critical reappraisal of ’emergent language'”. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Global Englishes and ELF research make it essential for language teachers and teacher educators to reflect much more critically on resources and practices than they needed to in the past.

In this talk I will adopt a critical stance on the concept of emergent language – which is somewhat loosely defined in ELT as language that “comes up”, or emerges (often inadvertently or unpredictably) during moments of classroom interaction where the focus is on conveying meaning. The notion of emergent language has been around for some time in ELT professional discourse, yet until now this has been largely under researched in practice and arguably relatively little understood in the language classroom – and for all the wrong reasons. Language teacher education programmes tend to make little reference to the concept; when the notion of emergent language does appear in the syllabus it tends to be undertaken from a predominantly deficit perspective, with a focus on ‘linguistic problems’ or ‘language gaps’ that a teacher perceives to appear during interaction. By contrast, a good deal of communicatively valuable language use is often completely overlooked. From an ELF perspective the current approach to emergent language in ELT is ludicrous and nonsensical.

In my talk I will first illustrate the extent to which, despite a growing awareness of ELF, approaches to language awareness and language knowledge are in practice still strongly influenced by what I refer to as hyper-correctiveness, a disproportionate preoccupation with form and conventional language norms. I will go on to argue that from an ELF perspective the concept of emergent language can be entirely rethought and approached in a more critical light, where the linguistic problems and language gaps are not a consequence of a speaker’s supposed lack of knowledge, but rather are a consequence of problems and gaps in English itself. I will conclude by discussing the need to develop critical thinking in language teacher education as a means of adopting a more ELF-oriented perspective on language and communication.

Next CLLEAR seminar: Examining multilingualism in adulthood: the initial stages and beyond – Wednesday 13th November

CLLEAR

The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 13th November 2019 at 5pm in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus (Building 65). The talk is entitled “Examining multilingualism in adulthood: the initial stages and beyond” and will be delivered by Eloi Puig-Mayenco from the University of Southampton. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:

The exact shape, timing and extent of linguistic transfer in additive multilingualism have been the subject of much research during the past 15 years and yet, there is no conclusive evidence of what factors delimit the selection of transfer in L3/Ln acquisition. To date, not much research has moved beyond the initial stages and attempted to model the cognitive processes involved in subsequent development and ultimate attainment of an L3. In this talk, I will present the main theories that model transfer selection in L3/Ln acquisition, as well as examine two datasets tapping into the initial stages and further development of L3/Ln acquisition. The first dataset illustrates the L3 initial stages and developmental trajectories in a longitudinal design. These data will be discussed in light of the theories of morphosyntactic transfer selection and provide new insights into the study of developmental trajectories. The second dataset will be used to illustrate how a highly advanced L3 might play a role in the grammatical restructuring of previously acquired languages (i.e., the L1 and the L2). The results suggest (a) that an L2 is, in fact, more vulnerable than the L1 to regressive transfer effects as argued by the Differential Stability Hypothesis (Cabrelli Amaro, 2017); and (b) that the influence of the L3 on the L2 is enhanced when the property in the L1 and the L3 share the same morphosyntactic representation. The overall picture suggests that the field is ready to start to chart L3/Ln acquisition beyond the initial stages.

MLL/MeXsu Seminar on 6th November 2019

A Modern Languages and Linguistics (MLL) / Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place on Wednesday 6th November 2019 from 17:00-18:40 in Building 65 Room 1177 at Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “Producing Latinx identities in the census: A comparative analysis of ethnoracial and linguistic classification” …

CGE Research Seminar on Wednesday 30th October: Global Englishes and transcultural communication: implications for theory and practice in ELT

The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 30th October 2019 from 5:00pm in Lecture Theatre B (room 1201), Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar will be presented by Will Baker from the Centre for Global Englishes, Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University …

Next CLLEAR seminar: Sustainability of Exploratory Practice: A case study of former ELT pre-service teachers

The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Thursday 24th October 2019 at 5pm in Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus (Building 65). The talk is entitled “Sustainability of Exploratory Practice: A case study of former ELT pre-service teachers” and will be …

Modern Languages and Linguistics at University of Southampton: inspiring and raising awareness of the value of learning languages by inspirational teaching and learning approaches

On Friday 28th June 2019, Modern Languages and Linguistics hosted InnoConf19 at Avenue Campus. The conference theme “Treasuring languages: innovative and creative approaches in HE” enabled attendees to discuss and seek innovative approaches dealing with creative ways to raise awareness about the value of learning languages. The event marked …