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New perspectives on multilingualism and its role in L2 acquisition

Friday 16th May 2014

In recent years we have witnessed a growing interest in multilingualism and its relationship with the learning and teaching of second/foreign languages. However, multilingualism is a highly complex phenomenon, which has a direct influence on how we learn languages. For instance, do we learn a second/foreign language in a similar way in a multilingual context as in a monolingual one? What is the role of the other languages spoken in the community? Do contrasting learning contexts, like CLIL or studying abroad, produce different results? In this process, it is also important to consider the role of emotions in foreign language acquisition. Can positive emotions such as foreign language enjoyment have an active role in the foreign language learning process? These and other topics will be discussed in this symposium, with the aim of understanding multilingualism, how languages are learned and how to teach them better.

This symposium is aimed at primary and secondary school teachers, lecturers, university students and researchers. It will be held entirely in English, but it intends to cater for all those interested in multilingualism, L2 or foreign language acquisition, as the issues dealt with should be applicable to any L2. View workshop programme

Venue: Facultad de Letras / Letren Fakultatea, Paseo de la Universidad, 5 / Unibertsitatearen Ibilbidea, 5, 01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz


De Angelis | Dewaele | Kecskes | Myles | Perez Vidal


The deadline for registration is 16 April 2014. A fee of €24 is payable ( €12 students), which includes coffee breaks and lunch. Payment is to BBK Account number: 2095 0292 98 3239000486. Please state as concept (very important): "L2, 2014".

To register, complete the online registration form and forward the bank receipt to:

Secretaria del Departamento de Filología Inglesa y Alemana
Ingeles eta Aleman Filologia Sailaren Idazkaria
Ref. L2, 2014
Facultad de Letras / Letren Fakultatea
Paseo de la Universidad, 5 / Unibertsitatearen Ibilbidea, 5
Apartado de Correos 2111 / 2111 posta-kutxatila
01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz

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).

About Vitoria-Gasteiz

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.

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Last updated: 31st March 2014