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Phonatics: Language Science and Pedagogy meeting

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Central

Where: Kresge Hall, 1515, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Emily Suzanne Cibelli   847.491.5831

Group: Linguistics Department

Co-Sponsor: Council on Language Instruction (CLI)

Category: Academic


This meeting brings together members of the language sciences and language teaching community to discuss common interests and issues in language pedagogy. A talk will be given by Ann Bradlow (Linguistics), followed by a conversation hosted by members of the Council on Language Instruction and the Buffett Forum on Languages and Cultures.

High variability training in the lab and in the language classroom
Ann Bradlow
Department of Linguistics

Why is it so hard for second-language learners to gain control over certain sounds in a foreign language? And, what is the most effective way to improve perception and production of difficult foreign language sounds? In this presentation, I will review the principle behind a particularly effective approach to novel speech sound learning, namely the high variability training approach. I will then present data from two lines of research that have explored this training principle in laboratory-based studies: (1) acquisition of the English /r/-/l/ contrast by Japanese listeners, and (2) perceptual adaptation by native speakers of American English to foreign-accented English. Translation of this basic research to language classrooms is the next frontier for this research agenda.

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