Language Learning Roundtable

The question of whether second language (L2) learners can achieve nativelike attainment in a non-native language has been hotly debated. This issue has been investigated from a number of different theoretical perspectives and utilising a number of different experimental techniques, including traditional behavioural methods and, more recently, neuroimaging methodologies. These different techniques have brought new insights into the factors that influence the ability to reach nativelike attainment in a second language, such as the amount of linguistic immersion and the type of second language instruction. This roundtable brings together experts in a diverse range of methodologies to discuss the application of each method to increasing our understanding of the factors that may lead to nativelike attainment during L2 acquisition. The roundtable aims to discuss how each method brings new insight to the issue of ultimate attainment in L2 acquisition, and to discuss how we can bridge the gap between experimental research and applied language teaching.

Timeline of Roundtable

13:15–14:30 Language Learning Round Table part one (Meadow Suite)

Nativelike attainment in second language acquisition: How and when?

  1. Introduction: Ian Cunningsand Christos Pliatsikas
  2. Comparing comprehension to production and on-line vs. off-line tasks: What can they tell us about the development of grammatical knowledge and ultimate attainment in SLA?

Presentation by Theo Marinis

  1. Nativelike and targetlike attainment: Two sides of the same coin?
    Presentation by Holger Hopp

14:30–15:00 Coffee break

15:00–17:00 Language Learning Round Table part two (Meadow Suite)

  1. What can ERPs tell us about native-like processing in an L2? 
    Presentation by Darren Tanner
  2. Structural and functional plasticity associated with learning in bilinguals
    Presentation by Gigi Luk 
  3. Roundtable discussion
    Chaired by 
    Jason Rothman 


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