Dr. David Birdsong to Give Presentation
on Late Learning of Second Languages
David Birdsong (Ph.D., Romance Languages, Harvard University),
Associate Professor of French Linguistics at the University of
Texas, Austin, and visiting professor at Georgetown University
will lecture on "Native-like Attainment in Late Second Language
Acquisition" in Washington, D.C. on June 5th. The Critical
Period Hypothesis for language acquisition puts forth the idea
that people who learn a second language later in life are not
able to achieve native likeness of that second language. However,
newer research suggests that 10 percent or more of adults who
study a second language reach native ability on tasks relating
to grammar and pronunciation. The lecture will take place at the
Center for Applied Linguistics on 4646 40th Street N.W. in Washington,
D.C. on June 5th, 2002, from 3:00-4:30. The Center can be contacted
at (202) 362-0700. #
Dual Language Education in the New Millennium Summer Institute
second annual "Dual Language Education in the New Millennium Summer
Institute" will take place in the Hastings Hotel on 85 Sigourney
Street in Hartford Connecticut on June 28 and June 29. The program
will address a wide variety of topics regarding dual language
education including strategies and techniques for the bilingual,
mainstream, and dual language program classrooms. The Institute
will bring together nationally recognized experts in dual language
education and research as well as teachers, administrators, curriculum
specialists, policy-makers and others interested in the subject.
Educators can earn continuing education units for 1.2 hours of
institute participation. For more information call the Bilingual/Bicultural
Department at (860) 695-8449 or (860) 695-8444, or visit www.hartfordschools.org.#
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