Mittwochs, 10:15 - 11:45
Informal (digital) second language learning (ISLL) occupies an increasingly prominent role with the SLA literature. This field of research primarily investigates the learning that occurs when non-native speakers of English engage in meaning- or leisure-based activities online, such as series or video watching, reading, chatting, video game playing. Factors such as levels of engagement and motivation as well as frequency effects have also been explored.
The goal of this seminar is familiarize future English teachers with the literature on ISLL, as they need to be aware of how their students may be interacting with their object of study once class is over. Secondly, we will also discuss the perennial question in the ISLL literature, namely, “what is the role of the formal sphere?” Should there be a concerted interface between the two domains? Or would that ruin the authentic experience of L2 users?
Each week we will read an academic paper on ISLL or a related field. We will discuss in depth and exchange ideas. At the end of the semester you will have a solid understanding of SLA, formal & informal L2 learning, and will (hopefully) be equipped to design, cultivate and contribute to successful L2 learning events for your students.