Temple University Japan:
Formulaic Language in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (in Tokyo)
Date: Saturday, November 10th, 2018 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: David Wood (Carleton University, Canada)
A considerable amount of research of various types has been conducted around formulaic language (FL)--multiword units with unitary meanings or functions that appear to be prefabricated, mentally stored, and processed as if single words. As the nature of FL and its use and acquisition have been studied for many years, it is remarkable that there have been so few investigations into how to actually teach this essential element of language to second language (L2) learners. We know that only very advanced learners reach a near-native ability to process and produce FL rapidly and appropriately (e.g., Forsberg 2010; Laufer & Waldman, 2011). L2 learners are very challenged by FL and develop facility with it very slowly. This course is an introduction to the phenomenon of FL and its relevance to applied linguistics, specifically language production, language acquisition and teaching, and discourse. We will survey the state of knowledge about FL in L2 acquisition and production, and its role in constructing discourse, with reference to some actual language data. We will explore the ways that FL can be integrated into language teaching methods and materials. By the end of the course participants should have a strong understanding of FL and its importance, and a sense of how to employ this understanding in the language classroom.
Organization: Temple University Japan
Venue: TUJ Tokyo Center, Azabu Hall 2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047 (map)
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