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One Size Fits All? Learners, Learning Context, and Second Language Acquisition

Updated: Apr 4, 2023

Date: April 12, 2023 (Wednesday) Time: 5 pm Venue: CPD-LG.34 Speaker: Professor Cristina Sanz, Georgetown University

Abstract Of special interest to scholars in the field of second language acquisition are the multiple interactions among individual differences and external factors as they relate to the learning context. Does aptitude play the same role in the foreign language classroom and during immersion abroad? Is teaching grammar equally beneficial for younger and older students? And do interactions among external and internal variables equally affect all levels of language development-pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar? This presentation will report on a number of empirical studies that have addressed these questions with implications for language teaching.

Speaker Bio Cristina Sanz (Lic. Universitat de Barcelona, PhD UIUC) is Professor of Spanish & Applied Linguistics at Georgetown University where she directs the Intensive & School of Foreign Service Spanish Programs, and the Barcelona Summer Program; she recently served as Department Chair. An expert on multilingualism, and specifically on the interaction between socio-cognitive individual differences and learning contexts, including study abroad and computerized instruction, her edited volume Mind and Context in Adult SLA received the MLA’s Mildenberger Award. She has also published several volumes and more than 100 articles and chapters in highly recognized scholarly venues. Professor Sanz is the recipient of the President's Awards for Distinguished Scholars-Teachers and the AAUSC Innovation in Language Program Direction Award for Inclusion and Social Justice.

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