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.

Adapted from Gibbons, Talking to Writing: The Mode Continuum

Thank you Bairbre Ni Oisin for leading our session.

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Some key points on additional language learning

  1. 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. 2. Personal experienceOsamu shared his experience as anAdditional Language Learnergiving the example of the USE measurement system
  3. 3. In the classroomStudents learn to vary the register as theyprogress through schoolThis is a strong argument for integratingcontent and language learning
  4. 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. 5. Take awayConversational language develops quite rapidly(one or two years)Academic registers(may take five to seven)
  6. 6. Take awayConversational language develops quite rapidly(one or two years)Academic registers(may take five to seven)

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