SLA-VanPatten

What Everyone Should Know about Second Language Acquisition

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By Dr. Bill VanPatten
Professor of Spanish & Second Language Studies
Affiliate Faculty Member Cognitive Science Program
Michigan State University
Presented November 8, 2013 at the MiWLA (Michigan World Language Association) Conference

Video one:

“What’s in your head isn’t necessarily what you think is there.”
and “Practice isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.”

 

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Video two:

“Practice isn’t what it’s cracked up to be”

 

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Video three:

“Practice isn’t what it’s cracked up to be”
and “Communication is distinct from mental representation”

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Video four:

“You can’t automatically blame the first language.”

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Video five:

“You can’t automatically blame the first language.”

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Video six:

“It isn’t always about aptitude.”
and “In the end, acquisition is too complex to reduce to simple ideas. There are no shortcuts.”

 

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Recommended Reading:

Lee, J. F. & VanPatten, B. (2003). Making communicative language teaching happen. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Pinker, S. (2007). The language instinct: How the mind creates language. New York: Harper Perennial.

VanPatten, B. (2003). From input to output: A teacher’s guide to second language acquisition. New York: McGraw-Hill.

VanPatten, B. & Benati, A. (2010). Key terms in second language acquisition. London: Continuum Press.

B. VanPatten, S. Borst, E. Collopy, A. Qualin, & J. Price (2013). Explicit information, grammatical sensitivity, and the First-noun Principle: A cross-linguistic study in processing instruction. The Modern Language Journal, 92, 506-527.

VanPatten, B. & Rothman, J. (2013). Against “Rules.” In A. Benati, C. Lavale, & M. Arche (Eds.), The grammar dimension in instructed second language acquisition. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Reflection questions:

  1. How can ideas from this workshop influence your everyday teaching?
  2. How can it influence higher-level decisions about curriculum and testing, which are made on an administrative level?