Language Workshop November 25th | College of Liberal Arts | SIU

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Language Workshop to Feature Dr. Irma Alarcon

November 18, 2013, by Jennifer Smith, Associate Professor of Spanish


The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, The Department of Linguistics, The Center for English as a Second Language, and the College of Liberal Arts will host a talk and workshop by Dr. Irma Alarcón on Monday, November 25th at 3:00pm and 4:30pm respectively.

Dr. Alarcón, a native of Chile, is an associate professor of Spanish at Wake Forest University. She teaches courses in Psycholinguistics, TESOL, and Spanish language to non-native and heritage speakers. Her primary research focuses on theoretical issues concerning the role of linguistic variables, such as noun gender and morphology, on the acquisition of Spanish gender agreement. Her most recent work has analyzed heritage Spanish speakers, and offers both theoretical implications concerning differences between first and second language acquisition and pedagogical insights into the burgeoning field of teaching Spanish to Latinos in the U.S.

Professor Alarcón's talk entitled "Heritage Language Learners: A New Challenge for Foreign Language Teachers" is a general introduction to the rapidly growing field of Heritage Languages and address key questions for understanding current issues in Heritage Language learning. 

The workshop: "Teachers' Language Use in the Foreign Language Classroom" discusses the importance of linguistic input in the acquisition process as well as techniques for encouraging exclusive use of the target language in the classroom.

We hope you are able to join us in welcoming Dr. Alarcón to campus. Please see attached flyer (PDF) for more details.