Symposium on Interlocutor Individual Differences

Country: USA

City: Bloomington

Abstr. due: 01.06.2015

Dates: 01.10.15 — 02.10.15

Area Of Sciences: Humanities;

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Organizers: Indiana University


This inaugural symposium will bring together leading and junior scholars from various second language acquisition frameworks to facilitate discussion of the theoretical role(s) of the interlocutor within their approach; consider how the individual differences of the interlocutor in each perspective may influence second/foreign language (L2) opportunities; present original, robust, peer-reviewed empirical research on interlocutor individual differences from each theoretical approach; and collaborate and outline existing trends and future areas for research. Our use of the term interlocutor refers to the input provider and communicative partner for learners in formal and informal L2 settings, and individual differences refer to characteristics that we all have, and differ by degree, such as native language, gender, research focus, and training, among others.

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