Characteristics of the symposia
These two symposia are aimed at primary and secondary school teachers, lecturers, university students and researchers. They will be held entirely in English, but they intend to cater for all those interested in L2 or foreign language acquisition, as the issues dealt with should be applicable to any L2.
1. Motivation in the L2 classroom: from theory to practice
Friday 10th May 2013
Motivation is a key aspect of second language learning. There is no doubt that abstract models are basic to gain theoretical insights into motivation; however, teachers and researchers demand comprehensible explanations for motivation that can help them to improve their everyday teaching and research agendas. This symposium is aimed at providing both theoretical frameworks and practical implications and experiences to be implemented in the classroom. View workshop programme
Venue: Escuela U. Ingeneria / Ingenieritzako U. Eskola, Nieves Cano, 12, 01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz
2. Corrective feedback in L2 learning
Friday 24th May 2013
Corrective feedback (CF) is the oral or written feedback that follows an incorrect (ungrammatical) learner response. Research in second language acquisition (SLA) has established the benefits of interactional CF for L2 language development. This seminar provides updated information on CF and considers how cognitive and social factors affect CF provision. Data from both adult and child learners will be presented as well as implications for teaching and research on the topic. View workshop programme
Venue: Facultad de Letras / Letren Fakultatea, Paseo de la Universidad, 5 / Unibertsitatearen Ibilbidea, 5, 01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz
The deadline for registration is 19 April 2013. A fee of €20 per symposium is payable ( €11 students), which includes coffee breaks and lunch. Payment is to BBK Account number: 2095 0292 98 3239000486. Please state as concept (very important): "L2 MOT, 2013" for the motivation symposium, "L2 CF, 2013" for the corrective feedback symposium, or "L2 BOTH, 2013" for both symposia.
Secretaria del Departamento de Filología Inglesa y Alemana
Getting to Vitoria-Gasteiz
Vitoria-Gasteiz has very good train connections. Check the RENFE website.
The nearest airport with international connections is Bilbao, which is about 1.5 hours away by public transport. You can find a list of airlines flying into Bilbao.
To reach Vitoria-Gasteiz from Bilbao airport, you should catch a bus from the one and only bus stop just outside arrivals. Just stay on the bus until the final stop (Termibus, the Bilbao bus terminal). Buses run every 15-20 minutes and the journey takes about 20-25 minutes. At the Bilbao bus terminal, take a bus run by the company La Union (timetable).
Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of the Alava province in the Spanish Basque Country. The centre is relatively small and easy to get around on foot. Check out the tourist information and wikipedia entry, (or look at the wikipedia entry in Spanish for more photos).
Contact the organisers
The symposium is organised by LASLAB (Language and Speech Laboratory) at the Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Ingeles eta Aleman Filologia Saila/Dpto. de Filología Inglesa y Alemana.
Last updated: 25th March 2013