How Languages are Learned: A special forum on second language acquisition

Event details


Date & time

Monday 17 September 2018


Sir Roland Wilson Building Conference Room 1.02


Manfred Pienemann, Boping Yuan, Gisela Håkansson


Yanyin Zhang

Do you teach a language?

Are you trying to learn a language?

Are you interested in the latest research findings about language learning and teaching?

The key to good learning and teaching is to understand what happens to people when they learn languages.

This two-day event features public lectures and masterclasses by some of the world’s leading experts in language learning.

Day 1: Monday 17th September 1:30pm–6pm

Day 2: Tuesday 18th September 9am–1:15pm, 2pm–6pm

The speakers and the topics being addressed are:

Professor Manfred Pienemann (University of Paderborn, Germany)

–Why learners don’t learn what teachers teach.

–What goes on in the learner’s mind when they learn language?

How teachers can read the learner’s mind.

Professor Boping Yuan (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)

–Why do differences between first language (L1) and second language (L2) sometimes lead to problems in L2 learning and sometimes don’t?

–Is there a principle in learners’ mind which determines possible L1 influence in L2 learning?

–Can teachers make informed predictions about difficulties caused by L1 influences?

Professor Gisela Håkansson (Lund University, Sweden and Østfold University College, Norway):

“Language acquisition: grammar, lexicon and pragmatics”

–Do grammar, lexical and pragmatics develop hand in hand in the learner?

–How can the teacher help the learners develop these areas?

–What other factors influence the development of each?

This is a free event but registration is compulsory.

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Presented by the School of Culture, History and Language in collaboration with the School of Languages, Literature and Linguistics, the Australian National University, with funding from the Asia-Pacific Innovation Program (APIP) by the College of Asian and the Pacific (CAP).

For more information contact Dr Yanying Zhang via email:

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