Teaching oral communication skills in a foreign-language is a crucial, but often neglected area of language education. One example for the underestimation of oral skills in foreign-language learning is the almost total absence of references to the systematic transmission of morphosyntatic and lexical characteristics of oral language in foreign-language manuals, except for pronunciation exercises.
Structures and expressions typical for the oral language are associated with long established prejudices and often perceived as mere fragments or performing appearances, which either are impossible or unnecessary to transmit in foreign-languages classes. This points to a lack of linguistic theory, which urgently needs to be addressed, especially in the light of the growing influence of communication practices like “chatting” or other types of communication in social networks like “Facebook” or “Twitter”, which are profoundly influenced by structures and vocabulary typical for oral language.
This interdisciplinary conference aims at an exchange between teachers and researchers of different languages and scientific areas (didactics, foreign-language learning, psychology, linguistics etc.) at a theoretical and at a practical level. Papers are welcome on topics related to new concepts concerning language learning, analyses of language manuals, teaching methods and practices, linguistic analysis of “speech” and contrastive studies.
Conference Languages: The conference languages are Portuguese and English. Participants should be prepared for a 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of questions and discussion.
Please send a 250-word abstract (word-format) and a short biographical note (100 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1, 2012. Proposals should list paper title, name, institutional affiliation and contact details. Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection can be expected by July 15, 2012.
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Antonio Chenoll (UCP-Lisboa)
Bernd Sieberg (FLUL Lisboa)
Mario Franco (UMA Maderia)
Verena Lindemann (UCP-Lisboa)
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Faculdade de Ciências Humanas
Palma de Cima
1649-023 Lisboa Portugal
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