[lg policy] Edling Digest, Vol 43, Issue 5

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 28 22:16:08 UTC 2011


Forwarded From:   edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu




Today's Topics:

  1. Uh and Um May Help Children Learn Language (Francis Hult)
  2. Bilingual Babies Learn Language in the Womb (Francis Hult)
  3. CARLA Summer Institute July25-29, 2011- Early registration
     until May (Noriko Ishihara)
  4. CFP: BU Conference on Language Development- Abstract
     submissions now open (Francis Hult)
  5. US: Language Villages receive $100K grant (Francis Hult)
  6. Canada: French is no longer mandatory for Calgary students
     (Francis Hult)


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Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 10:41:20 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] Uh and Um May Help Children Learn Language
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Discovery News



Uh and Um May Help Children Learn Language



The "uh" and "um" breaks in natural speech aren't as useless as you might
think them to be -- at least for children learning the ins and outs of
language.



A group of researchers found these breaks in speech, commonly called
"disfluencies," may help youngsters pick up what's important in
conversation. The team also discovered that the ability to pay attention to
disfluencies develops at around 2 years of age.



Full story:

http://news.discovery.com/human/uh-and-um-may-help-language-development-in-children-110418.html

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Message: 2
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 10:43:51 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] Bilingual Babies Learn Language in the Womb
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Discovery News



Bilingual Babies Learn Language in the Womb



Babies who hear two languages regularly when they are in their mother's womb
are more open to being bilingual, a study published this week in
Psychological Science shows.



Full story:

http://news.discovery.com/human/babies-language-bilingual.html

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Message: 3
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 23:55:30 +0900
From: "Noriko Ishihara" <ishi0029 at umn.edu>
Subject: [Edling] CARLA Summer Institute July25-29,     2011- Early
       registration until May
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Developing Learners? Sociocultural Competence
July 25-29, 2011, CARLA Summer Institute, University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis

A truly daunting challenge for second language learners is to adjust their
language use so that it is appropriate for different sociocultural contexts.
How, for example, are learners supposed to address strangers, close friends,
or people of higher social status in that culture? While acquiring discourse
practices can take learners many years, research has shown that the process
can be facilitated through explicit instruction.

This institute provides practical insights for teachers on how to enhance
the learning of pragmatics. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to
develop activities and materials for the classroom.

Testimonials from a 2010 participant:
At this institute I learned the theory behind the practice and came away
with tools that I can put to use right away with my students.

Facilitator:
Noriko Ishihara, PhD, Hosei University/Columbia University Teachers College
Japan Campus

Readings include a reading packet and:
Ishihara, N., & Cohen, A. D. (2010). Teaching and learning pragmatics: Where
language and culture meet. Pearson Education

More information about this institute is available on the
CARLA website at:
http://www.carla.umn.edu/institutes/2011/CARLA_SI_LangCultureSync.pdf

Information about registration:
http://www.carla.umn.edu/institutes/register.html

Less commonly taught languages teacher stipends:
http://www.carla.umn.edu/institutes/stipends.html

Early Bird registration closes at the end of May.

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Noriko Ishihara
Hosei University, Associate Professor of EFL/TESOL
Columbia University Teachers College Tokyo, Adjunct Professor of TESOL
Email: ishi0029 at umn.edu
Website: http://www.i.hosei.ac.jp/~ishihara/



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Message: 4
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 12:27:25 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] CFP: BU Conference on Language Development- Abstract
       submissions now open
To: <edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu>
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THE 36th ANNUAL BOSTON UNIVERSITY
CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Abstract submissions are now open

NOVEMBER 4-6, 2011

Keynote Speaker:
Sandra Waxman, Northwestern University
"What's in a word? Links between linguistic and conceptual organization in
infants and
young children"

Plenary Speaker:
Cornelia Hamann, University of Oldenburg
"Bilingual development and language assessment"

Lunch Symposium: "Morphology in second language acquisition and processing"
Harald Clahsen, University of Essex/University of Potsdam
Holger Hopp, University of Mannheim
Donna Lardiere, Georgetown University
Silvina Montrul (organizer), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Submissions that present research on any topic in the fields of first and
second language acquisition from any theoretical perspective will be fully
considered. Eligible topics include: Bilingualism, Cognition and Language,
Creoles and Pidgins,Dialects, Discourse and  Narrative, Gesture, Hearing
Impairment and Deafness, Input and Interaction, Language Disorders,
Linguistic Theory, Neurolinguistics, Pragmatics,Pre-linguistic Development,
Reading and Literacy, Signed Languages, Sociolinguistics, and Speech
Perception and Production.

A suggested format and style for abstracts is available at:
http://www.bu.edu/bucld/abstracts/abstract-format/

We have begun accepting abstract submissions.
Please check http://www.bu.edu/bucld/ for a link to the submission form and
any important updates.

DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by 8:00 PM EDT, May 15, 2011.

FURTHER INFORMATION
General conference information is available at:
http://www.bu.edu/bucld/
Boston University Conference on Language Development
96 Cummington Street, Room 244
Boston, MA 02215
U.S.A.
Questions about abstracts should be sent to abstract at bu.edu


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Message: 5
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 10:38:30 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] US: Language Villages receive $100K grant
To: <edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu>
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InForum



Language Villages receive $100K grant



Concordia Language Villages will receive a $100,000 grant from the Qatar
Foundation International for student and educator Arabic programs.



Full story:

http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/317522/group/homepage/

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Message: 6
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 10:40:41 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] Canada: French is no longer mandatory for Calgary
       students
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Metro



French is no longer mandatory for Calgary students



Making French classes optional for students is another effort by the Calgary
Board of Education to personalize learning, a representative said yesterday.

Starting this fall, schools teaching those in fourth through sixth grades
will now consult with their community before deciding whether to offer
second-language courses.



Full story:

http://www.metronews.ca/calgary/local/article/843608--french-is-no-longer-mandatory-for-calgary-students

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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