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Gorski Lecture by Leila Ranta

When Nov 11, 2019
from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM
Where Foster Auditorium
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The Center for Language Acquisition is pleased to announce that this year's Gorski Lecture will be given by Leila Ranta (University of Alberta).

Hanh Thi Nguyen Lecture

When Nov 01, 2019
from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
Where Foster Auditorium
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The Center for Research on English Language Learning and Teaching is pleased to announce a lecture on

The Development of Interactional Competence:
Insights from Research on Second Language Learning,
Workplace Communication Training, and Child Language Socialization

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Peter De Costa Lecture

When Sep 23, 2019
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where 258 Willard Building
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The Center for Language Acquisition is pleased to announce a lecture
by Peter De Costa on

"Multilingualism, Language Education, and Linguistic Entrepeneurship: Critical Perspectives"

2019 APLNG Research Exhibition

When Apr 26, 2019
from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 7 Sparks
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Carl Ratner Lecture

When Apr 02, 2019
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium
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EPPIC Lecture: Ute Römer

When Feb 22, 2019
from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium
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The English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center (EPPIC)
is please to announce a lecture by

Ute Römer (Georgia State University) on
"Using Corpora in Teaching Academic Writing"

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CLA Gorski Lecture: Luke Plonsky

When Jan 29, 2019
from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
Where Foster Auditorium
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The Center for Language Acquisition is pleased to announce that the
Gorsky Endowed Lecture will be presented by

Luke Plonsky (Northern Arizona University)

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium

 

Dates of Fall Roundtable

When Aug 31, 2018 03:50 PM to
Dec 08, 2018 03:50 PM
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The dates for this semester's APLNG Roundtable are:

September 28th

October 12th 

October 26th 

November 9th

All meetings will be held from 2:30pm - 4:00pm. Location will be announced. More information to follow.

Intercultural Event Sponsored by Libraries, IECP, and EPPIC

When Nov 13, 2018
from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Where Franklin Atrium, Patee Library
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Multicultural event encourages interaction on campus and in community

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Encouraging intercultural understanding and collaboration, the Penn State University Libraries joins three organizations, the Intensive English Communication Program (IECP), English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center (EPPIC), and Global Connections, for an event to showcase intercultural dialogues facilitated and supported by the three organizations, both on campus and in the community.

“The Many Faces of Intercultural Dialogue” will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Franklin Atrium, central Pattee Library, on the University Park Campus.

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Migration Studies Lecture: Caroline Vickers

When Oct 19, 2018
from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium
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The Migration Studies Project is pleased to announce a lecture by

Caroline Vickers
California State University, San Bernardino

"Language Normativity and Control:
Spanish-language medical Consultations in a Southern California Community Clinic"


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APLNG Roundtable - October 12

When Oct 08, 2018
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PSU Symposium on Child & Adult Language Acquisition

When Oct 04, 2018 12:00 PM to
Oct 05, 2018 06:30 PM
Where Nittany Lion Inn
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Multidisciplinary Approaches to Child and Adult Language Acquisition

When:  October 4 – Poster Session (afternoon)

            October 5 – Symposium (9:00-6:30)

Where: Nittany Lion Inn

We are pleased to announce a symposium on Multidisciplinary Approaches to Child and Adult Language Acquisition, jointly hosted by the Center for Language Acquisition and the Center for Language Science. We have invited six international speakers to highlight this theme with us from a variety of perspectives, including theoretical foundations, first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, cognition, psycholinguistics, and instructed/classroom-based learning.  We invite submissions for posters presentations to take place on the afternoon of Thursday, October 4th, 2018.

Invited speakers

  • Adele Goldberg, Princeton University, USA
  • Kim McDonough, Concordia University, Canada
  • Leah Roberts, University of York, UK
  • Natasha Tokowicz, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Sharon Unsworth, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Nina Vyatkina, University of Kansas, USA

Key dates

  • 1st July 2018: abstract submission deadline
  • August 2018: notification of acceptance
  • 1st July 2018: registration starts
  • 4-5 October 2018: symposium

Poster abstract submission policy 

Poster proposals should not have been previously published. More than one abstract per author can be submitted. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words (excluding title and optional references). 

To submit an abstract, please visit: https://sites.psu.edu/languageacquisition 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at Center4LA@psu.edu

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Migration Studies Meeting: Miso Kim

When Oct 03, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 7A Sparks
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APLNG Roundtable - September 28

When Sep 28, 2018
from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 10 Sparks
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CLA Lecture: Julia Menard-Warwick

When Sep 24, 2018
from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where Foster Auditorium
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The Center for Language Acquisition is pleased to announce a lecture by

Julia Menard-Warwick
University of California, Davis

""Translating Right on the Spot': Bilingual Paraprofessionals in a Contact Zone School"

Migration Studies Lecture: Jo Angouri

When Sep 19, 2018
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium
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The Migration Studies Project is pleased to announce a lecture by

Jo Angouri

Department of Applied Linguistics
University of Warwick, UK


"Linguistic Penalty in the Workplace:Language Politics, Social Justice and Access to Work"

 

Migration Studies Lecture: Anna Kaiper

When Sep 05, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
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The Migration Studies Project is pleased to announce a lecture by

Dr. Anna Kaiper, Associate Director/Assistant Teaching Professor in the Goodling Institute for Family Literacy & Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State

who will speak on "(Re)Constructing Identities: South African Domestic Workers, English Language Learning, and Power."

The meeting will be held in Sparks 7A.

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Fall Gathering (Party!) on August 17

When Aug 17, 2018
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Bob Schrauf's house
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All students and faculty are invited to attend the beginning-of-the-year Fall Gathering at Bob Schrauf’s house on August 17 from 6:00-8:00 (after the Town Hall).  Details to follow!

APLNG Roundtable - April 6

When Apr 06, 2018
from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 62 Willard
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Spring Semester 2018 Roundtable

When Feb 23, 2018
from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 62 Willard
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CRELLT Guest Lecture: Soren Wind Eskildsen

When Jan 25, 2018
from 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium
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The Center for Research on English Language Learning and Teaching (CRELLT) is pleased to announce an invited lecture by

Søren Wind Eskildsen (University of Southern Denmark)

"From construction to social action?: The nature of language , L2 learning, and cognition from a usage-based perspective"

Description: This talk is concerned with empirically delineating the nature of language, L2 learning, and
cognition from a usage-based perspective. The fundamental question to be explored is what people
actually learn – and from this empirical basis distil the categories of language, social interaction,
and L2 learning. To this end, I draw on usage-based linguistics (UBL) and ethnomethodological
conversation analysis (EMCA). The two-pronged approach allows me to capture development over
time along two dimensions of L2 learning, namely development of L2 constructional inventories as seen
through the lens of UBL and development of interactional competence as evidenced through
moment-to-moment microanalyses of interactions (EMCA) over time.

Specifically, I trace changes in how L2 speakers put such semiotic resources to use over time.
This can be done in two complementary ways: by tracing changes in the interactional uses of particular
linguistic constructions over time (Markee, 2008; Ishida, 2009; Kim, 2009; Eskildsen, 2011, 2016,
2017; Masuda, 2011; Hauser, 2013; Eskildsen & Wagner, 2015, in press), or by tracing change across
time in people's methods for carrying out particular social actions in talk-in-interaction (Hellermann,
2008; Markee, 2008; Pekarek Doehler, 2010; Kasper & Wagner, 2011; Pekarek Doehler &
(Pochon-)Berger, 2015, 2016).

In doing both, I discuss L2 learning in terms of the following, sometimes overlapping,
phenomena: 1) situated social action; 2) change in accomplishment of social actions; 3)
establishment of a particular expression; 4) change in the deployment of a particular expression; 5)
change in the composition of the expression through pattern expansion (e.g., verb variation); and 6)
change in function through increased structural variation (e.g., emergence of interrogative,
inversion etc.). In so doing, I also delineate concepts such "language", "social action", "cognition",
and "learning" from a usage-based / CA perspective.


Dr. Søren Wind Eskildsen is associate professor in second language (L2) learning at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg. His primary research interest concerns the usage-based processes and practices in second language learning over time as seen through the lenses of usage-based models of language and conversation analysis (e.g. Eskildsen, 2011, 2012). Other interests include the role of gestures in L2 learning (Eskildsen & Wagner, 2015). Professor Eskildsen works with both in- and out-of-class L2 data.

December 1 - Roundtable

When Dec 01, 2017
from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 160 Willard Building
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Fall 2017 Roundtable

When Nov 10, 2017
from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 160 Willard Building
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Roundtable Oct 27

When Oct 27, 2017
from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 160 Willard Building
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Kirby-Greer Endowed Lecture: Terrence Deacon

When Oct 06, 2017
from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Where 113 Carnegie
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The Center for Language Acquisition is pleased to announce this year's Kirby-Greer Endowed Lecture by

Terrence W. Deacon
Professor of Biological Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley

"Universal Grammar: Neither Nature nor Nurture"

 

Terrence W. Deacon will discuss some recent work that takes an unprecedented approach to universal grammar and the poverty of the stimulus argument.  In his discussion, he will focus on symbolic reference and constraints by investigating four main categories:  semiotic constraints, neural processing constraints, evolved sensorimotor schemas and cognitive biases, and pragmatic social communication constraints.

 

Terrence W. Deacon is Professor of Biological Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley, and author of the 1997 book The Symbolic Species: The Coevolution of Language and the Brain and the 2011 book Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter. His work extends from laboratory-based cellular-molecular neurobiology to the study of semiotic processes underlying animal and human communication, especially language.

Migration Studies Session

When Sep 06, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 7A Sparks Building
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The Migration Studies Project is starting up its annual presentation and discussion series with a talk by Dr. Suresh Canagarajah on "Toward An Expansive Interactional Analysis: Understanding the Competence of Mobile Science Scholars".

Please join us!

Migration Studies Lecture: Ngugi Wa Thiong'O

When Apr 20, 2017
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where 121 Sparks
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The Migration Studies Project announces a distinguished lecture by


Ngugi Wa Thiong'O 

on "Language, Literature, and the Globalectic Imagination"


APLNG Roundtable #11

When Mar 31, 2017
from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 362 Willard Building
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CLA Speaker Series: Anna Stetsenko

When Mar 29, 2017
from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
Where 233B HUB
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The Center for Language Acquisition is pleased to announce an invited lecture by

Professor Anna Stetsenko (Graduate Center, City University of New York) who will speak on

"Agency and Commitment to a Sought-after Future: Reclaiming Activism in Research and Theorizing"

 

Abstract:
Recent advances in research and theories at the intersection of psychology and education have focused on situated, dynamic and culturally mediated processes. However, these approaches rarely address the ethical and axiological dimensions of the dominant onto-epistemologies and, as a result, do not offer sufficient grounds on which to resist current marketization of science and education. This talk will discuss a broadly dialectical-transformative approach, in expanding upon Vygotsky’s project, to address this gap. This approach offers a unique worldview underwritten by an activist stance premised on ideology of equality and social justice. The focus will be on how agency and commitment to a sought-after future are indispensable constituents of theorizing, methodology, and onto-epistemology that always entail and demand activist stance.

APLNG Roundtable #10

When Mar 03, 2017
from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 362 Willard Building
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