ITAP Spring Seminar 2022

New Advances in L2 Pragmatics and Technology

June 10th, 2022 8:55 - 18:00 (CET)

BLENDED EVENT
Online and at the Faculty of Philology and Communication, Universitat de Barcelona.

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The field of Interlanguage Pragmatics (ILP) has attracted considerable research attention in recent years. Becoming a competent speaker in a second or foreign language (L2) is crucial in current multilingual contexts, especially in a world that has increasingly become digitally connected, partially due to COVID-19 pandemic. In such contexts in which people interact with both native, non-native/lingua franca speakers in rich and complex environments, the development of pragmatic competence is necessary in addition to lexical or grammatical competence (Sánchez & Barón, 2022). Studies in ILP have been claiming for the last two decades that learning the L2 pragmatics is indeed useful and beneficial for language learners (Bardovi-Harlig, 2020). Studies in ILP have proved that teaching pragmatics through a variety of approaches (e.g. deductive, inductive, concept-based, or task-based language teaching - TBLT) enhance L2 pragmatic learning (see Barón & Celaya, 2022; Nguyen, 2018 for an overview). In line with such approaches, especially within TBLT, the use of technology has been found to be a potential tool to promote language learning, and especially, pragmatic learning (see González-Lloret & Ortega, 2014; Taguchi & Sykes, 2013). By using technology, L2 language learners can find themselves involved in real-life pragmatic exchanges, thanks to, for example, simulated immersive environments (Sykes 2012, 2014; Taguchi & Sykes, 2013; Taguchi, Li & Tang, 2017), augmented reality (Holden & Sykes 2011, 2013), or through Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) (e.g. emails, chats, forums, social networks, texting, gaming) (González-Lloret,2018; Sykes, 2021).

The aim of the seminar is to further contribute to this line of research by looking back at what has been done in ILP and technology research so far, and by exploring the new directions in the field. This seminar is addressed to consolidate upcoming SLA and ILP scholars, language educators, and Ph.D. students.

A direct outcome from the event will be to submit a Special Issue to the CALICO journal with selected papers from the seminar.

Marta González-Lloret
Marta González-Lloret

University Hawaii, Manoa


“Pragmatics Learning in Digital Spaces: How to apply it”

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Carmen Maíz Arévalo
Carmen Maíz Arévalo

Universidad Complutense de Madrid


“Digital interaction, Wooclap and non-verbal pragmatics”

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María-José Arrufat-Marqués
María-José Arrufat-Marqués

Keys School, Palo Alto, CA


“L2 Spanish pragmatics in the K-12 language classroom"

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Maria Economidou Kogetsidis
Maria Economidou Kogetsidis

University of Nicosia, Cyprus


“Email Pragmatics and Greek EFL learners”

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