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

  1. Nativelike attainment in second language acquisition: How and when?
    Introduction, Ian Cunnings and Christos Pliatsikas
  2. Comparing on-line reaction time measures to off-line (metalinguistic) responses: What can they tell us about grammatical knowledge and ultimate attainment in SLA?
    Presentation by Leah Roberts
  3. Nativelike and targetlike attainment: Two sides of the same coin?
    Presentation by Holger Hopp
  4. Coffee break
  5. What can ERPs tell us about native-like processing in an L2?
    Presentation by Darren Tanner
  6. Structural and functional plasticity associated with learning in bilinguals
    Presentation by Gigi Luk 
  7. Roundtable discussion
    Chaired by Theo Marinis 

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