Date: October 9, 2017
The Bilingualism researcher Annick De Houwer is guest lecturer at Center for Language Learning
Visit SDU on Monday, October 9th, 2017 from 2pm to 3pm. Its free. Please send an email for Registration to Christina Andersen here. Read more about her presentations here. Annick De Houwer will present:
A few urgent desiderata for applied bilingualism research
Applied bilingualism research is concerned with solutions for societal issues that arise in language contact settings. This talk discusses two societal issues relating to bilingualism that require urgent research attention: (1) the achievement gap between adolescents with and without an immigration background (Denmark shows the greatest gap amongst OECD countries in the latest PISA study), and (2) the fact that newcomers from another country (such as asylum seekers and people reuniting with their families) are expected to learn the host country’s main language as soon as possible. Starting from a social justice and equity perspective, the talk outlines the major challenges for research in these areas.
Read more about Professor Annick De Houwer here.
Date: October 10, 2017
Tuesday, October 2017 from 10 to 11 am. Center for Language Learing has the pleasure to announce the visit of the international bilingualism researcher, professor Annick De Houwer.
This lecture is aimed at researchers and teachers at the University of Southern Denmark. Please send an email for Registration to Christina Andersen here.
Annick De Houwer will present:
The importance of input and interaction in child bilingual acquisition
Children can only learn language from engaging with it. In hearing children, their engagement with language starts with people talking to them. This language input, which is realized through interaction, is fundamental in helping to explain patterns of bilingual acquisition. This will be exemplified by published and unpublished findings from my research program on early Dutch-French and English-Dutch acquisition settings that focus on patterns of input and interaction in families with very young children who are raised with two languages from birth. I also report on my large survey of parental input patterns in 2,250 bilingual families with at least one child aged between 6 and 9. In reviewing this research, I will highlight some important methodological considerations.