This seminar is conducted entirely in English so that students will have many chances to practice the ideas that we will research and discuss.
1. Language functions: Defining language learning needs, making language learning goals and objectives, planning self-study for language learning.
2. Language structure: Analyzing English texts for complexity, accuracy, and fluency, identifying strengths and weaknesses of a language learner’s English.
3. Vocabulary: Analyzing a text for vocabulary complexity and density, using vocabulary learning strategies, planning self-study for vocabulary development.
4. Language learning strategies: Identifying language learning strategies, evaluating the effectiveness of language learning strategies.
5. Interactional competence: Identifying the characteristics of effective interactions, analyzing discussions, using strategies to enhance interactional competence.
6. Conversation analysis: Identifying preferred and dispreferred responses in interactions, analyzing politeness strategies, comparing higher and lower proficiency learners’ interactions.
7. English for specific purposes: Identifying features of academic and business English, organizing texts according to genre and/or discourse requirements.
8. Second language acquisition: Planning language learning and development in instructed and non-instructed settings.