Bill Van Patten

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Cohen Hall, Terrace Room

What is SLA research?  What is SLA theory? And what are their relationships to second language teaching? This talk will provide a brief history of SLA since its current inception (late 1960s/early 1970s). What this history will reveal is that relevant research from SLA was established early on in the development of the field. This relevance can be encapsulated in a handful of “principles” or “insights.” In the course of this discussion, VanPatten will distinguish SLA research from educational research to be clear about the domains of inquiry involved.

Q&A and reception to follow.

Bill, the self-proclaimed Diva of SLA, is a Professor of Spanish & Second Language Studies at Michigan State University. A re-searcher by day and come-dian by night, Bill lives to make you laugh and think.

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