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Some key points on additional language learning

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A few important notes for consideration on the learning of additional languages in an academic setting. …

A few important notes for consideration on the learning of additional languages in an academic setting.

Adapted from Gibbons, Talking to Writing: The Mode Continuum

Thank you Bairbre Ni Oisin for leading our session.

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  • 1. Some Key Understandings of Additional Language Learning Adapted from Gibbons, From Talking to Writing: the Mode ContinuumWritten & spoken language differ and offer differentChallenges for studentsThere are further differences to consider:•Content (field)•Relationships between speaker and audience (tenor)•Spoken vs. written (mode)•Together referred to as register
  • 2. Personal experienceOsamu shared his experience as anAdditional Language Learnergiving the example of the USE measurement system
  • 3. In the classroomStudents learn to vary the register as theyprogress through schoolThis is a strong argument for integratingcontent and language learning
  • 4. In the classroomThe less shared knowledge the moreexplicit language must become“The more students are doing things togetherand engaging in dialogue, the more they cantake for granted.”
  • 5. Take awayConversational language develops quite rapidly(one or two years)Academic registers(may take five to seven)
  • 6. Take awayConversational language develops quite rapidly(one or two years)Academic registers(may take five to seven)