TUJ Distinguished Lecturer Series (Seminar 3)-- L2 Vocabulary Acquisition, Learning and Processing: Adopting an Interdisciplinary Perspective

Saturday, November 7th, 2020, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Irina Elgort (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

Pre sign-up (or course registration for those who are taking this seminar for credit) is required for anybody attending the public session on Saturday, November 7 from 14:00 to 17:00. The sign-up process must be completed through "Distinguished Lecturer Series Seminar Sign-Up Form" that is available on TUJ Grad Ed website. The sign-up deadline is Friday, November 6 at 12:00. The public session Zoom link will be provided to those people who completed the sign-up (or course registration) process between 13:00-13:50 on Saturday, November 7.

Lexical knowledge is foundational. In reading and listening, not knowing a word (or a phrase) is a bottleneck of comprehension. In communication, lexical errors are tolerated to a lesser degree than other types of errors by native and non-native speakers. But, as Virginia Woolf put it, "words do not live in dictionaries, they live in the mind". So, how do we store and access L2 word knowledge in the mind?

In this seminar, we will take an interdisciplinary look at the question, "What does it mean to know a word?" (Nation, 2001), as it is posed by L2 acquisition researchers, psycholinguists and cognitive psychologists, applied linguists and language educators. (1) We will consider acquisition, learning and processing of orthographic, phonological, lexical and semantic knowledge components, with a view to optimize L2 vocabulary instruction and contextual acquisition from input. (2) We will reflect on interdisciplinary frameworks that have informed research into word learning and processing, and review studies that combine online and offline measures of knowledge. (3) We will examine instruments and measures used in evaluating lexical knowledge and discuss what may be gleaned from different types of vocabulary knowledge tests, response time tasks, as well as eye-movement and event-related brain potentials measures. By the end of this course, you will have an interdisciplinary appreciation of "what it means to know a word".

Organization: Temple University Japan

Cost: free

Venue: Online via Zoom

Location: Online, Online Events, Online Event

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