Camilla Bardel, Professor in Modern Languages and Language Education at Stockholm University, is the guest speaker at the ACLC seminar on Friday 29 November 2019 from 16:15 until 17:30 (followed by drinks).
The study of Third Language Acquisition. Potential pedagogical implications.
The idea that multilingualism plays a positive role when learning a new language is widespread, increased metalinguistic knowledge – as a result of previous language learning -being sometimes held as a key factor for successful additional language learning. In this talk I will give an overview of studies from the field of L3 acquisition, especially in the areas of vocabulary and syntax, where results point to both positive and negative transfer effects. Age, proficiency levels and other variables seem to condition the extent to which learners draw on prior linguistic knowledge, but it is clear that previously acquired or learned languages constitute potential resources. Educational implications have been tentatively discussed in recent work by several L3 researchers, but more studies are needed in order to reach conclusions that are truly useful for language educators and learners. A way forward may be collaborative research informed by teachers’ experience, knowledge, and queries.