AUP graduation ceremony at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

Teaching and Learning Center

Symposium "Second Language Acquisition and Teaching"

Université Paris 8 | 2 Rue de la Liberté | Saint-Denis | 93526 Paris
Metro Saint-Denis-Université (line 13)
Amphi D002
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 10:00 to Friday, May 19, 2017 - 18:00

The Teaching and Learning Center invites AUP faculty and students to a symposium on Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. 

This symposium “Pushing for precision on initial input processing in SLA: Are we speaking the same language?” will address input processing at the initial stages of foreign language acquisition and the interface with foreign language teaching. Building on the richness of theories in Second Language Acquisition research, rather than eschewing it, we wish to discuss input processing from different perspectives with a view to identifying overlap in our research hypotheses, theories, methodologies and/or findings. The following questions will guide guest speaker presentations and overall discussion: How is language represented in our minds? What are the cognitive processes involved in input processing? What is the relation between input processing, intake and acquisition? What are implications of our research and theoretical frameworks for questions of implicit and explicit learning? How do these implications extend to questions of language teaching? The symposium will conclude with a roundtable designed to identify common themes, work to build consensus and lay out directions for future research.

Event schedule (including guest speakers)

Thursday 18 May

  • 10:00 Welcome
  • 10:30 Opening
  • 10:45-11:45 Aline Godfroid (Michigan State University)
  • 11:45-12:30 coffee break/poster sessions
  • 12:30-13:30 Giuliano Bernini (Università degli Studi di Bergamo)
  • 13:30-14:30 lunch
  • 14:30-15:00 poster sessions
  • 15:00-16:00 Barbara Köpke (Université de Toulouse)
  • 16:00-16:45 coffee break/poster sessions
  • 16:45-17:45 Bill VanPatten (Michigan State University) (video conference)

Friday 19 May

  • 09:30 Welcome
  • 10:00-11:00 Kara Morgan-Short (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • 11:00-11:45 coffee break/poster sessions
  • 11:45-12:45 Nick Ellis (University of Michigan)
  • 12:45-13:45 lunch
  • 13:45-14:15 poster session
  • 14:15-15:15 Mike Sharwood Smith (Heriot-Watt University and University of Edinburgh)
  • 15:15-15:45 coffee break/poster sessions
  • 15:45-16:45 Hannelore Simoens, Alex Housen & Ludovic De Cuypere
  • (University of Brussels VUB)
  • 16:45-17:45 round table by Heather Hilton (Université Lyon 2) and Daniel Véronique (Université Aix-Marseille)
  • 17:45 Closing

To sign up for the symposium (recommended due to limited space), please go to the conference website