SLU Students' Folk Theories about Language: "Something Magical Happens”
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Busch Student Center, 253B
Results will be presented from a study done in Fall 2012 with 250 foreign language students from SLU. Participants were asked about their views on what it means to learn a foreign language and how language and thought are connected. We'll look at some of the interesting trends based on participants' gender, level of language proficiency, age, and the languages they have studied. We'll also explore the most interesting similarities and divergences between the students' views and what contemporary linguistic and psycholinguistic theory has to say on these topics. Attendees will be encouraged to share their own views and experiences.
Speaker: Dr. Kara McBride
Kara McBride is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Her research is in the area of second language acquisition.