Second Language Acquisition Workshops and Reading Group
ALTEC turns its full attention to Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and Applied Linguistics during the summer when it hosts a multi-week workshop in SLA. Topics have ranged from an overview of the main schools of SLA to Writing in a Foreign Language to the 2012 topic of "Beyond Methods," inspired by the 2002 book of the same name by B. Kumaravadivelu.
During the regular academic year, ALTEC hosts the SLA Reading Group, which generally follows up on themes from the summer workshop. This year, individual differences in student learning will be the topic, and we will focus especially on the work of Zoltán Dörnyei, a Hungarian researcher whose specialization is student motivation.