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Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

17th International Conference on Pragmatics & Language Learning

TEACHING AND LEARNING L2 PRAGMATICS IN COMPUTER-MEDIATED ENVIRONMENTS

Julie A. Belz, Monterey Institute of International Studies

Abstract

In this workshop participants will explore how student participation in Internet-mediated intercultural learning partnerships may mediate the development of L2 pragmatic competence.  On the basis of six 10-week data collection cycles of NS-NNS interactions from 2000-2005, we’ll closely examine a variety of factors which appear to contribute to the development of address form competence, including the broadened range of discourse options available in Internet-mediated learning partnerships, the inclusion of ‘people who matter’ in classroom-based instruction, the maintenance of positive face, the potential for ‘hyper-noticing’ in CMC, and the adoption of various epistemic roles by learners.  In the first segment of the workshop, the focus will be on the provision of peer assistance by NSs and its role in the development of address form competence by NNSs. In the second segment of the workshop, the emphasis will lie on the role of corpus-based developmental pedagogical interventions as a mediator of address form competence.  Participants will engage in hands-on examination of authentic data, gain an understanding of the application of learner corpora in L2 pragmatic instruction, and become familiar with the method of microgenetic analysis of L2 development.

Biography

Julie A. Belz  joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Language and Educational Linguistics (GSLEL) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies as Visiting Professor of Applied Linguistics, TESOL, and Teaching Foreign Languages in Fall 2006. She received her B.S. (1986) in Genetics with cum laude distinction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She simultaneously pursued a second degree in German and linguistics and was the 1986 recipient of the Goethe Institute award for Outstanding Senior in German. From 1986-1988, she studied linguistics and translation science at the University of Vienna as a Rotary International scholar and as a Fulbright teaching scholar. She received both her M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1997) degrees in Germanic Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. While at Berkeley, Julie specialized in cognitive linguistics, applied linguistics, and discourse analysis. Her dissertation presents a corpus-driven image schematic analysis of the semantics of verbal prefixes from the perspectives of cognitive linguistics and contemporary metaphor theory. In 1996-97, she held an instructional development fellowship at the Berkeley Language Center where she investigated multilingual writing, multiple language use, and language play in foreign language education under the mentorship of Claire J. Kramsch. She was the recipient of several awards and fellowships while at Berkeley, including the Outstanding Instructor Award, a Phi Beta Kappa fellowship, a DAAD fellowship, and a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for Dutch.

From 1997-1998, Julie was Language Program Director and Teacher Educator in the German Studies Department at the University of Arizona in Tucson and from 1998-2006 she was Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and German at The Pennsylvania State University. She has been an affiliate of the Center for Language Acquisition, a research and development unit for the implementation of technology in language teaching, and a Project Director at the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER), a federally-funded National Language Resource Center. She is the guest editor of a special issue of Language Learning & Technology on Telecollaboration (2003) and co-editor of Internet-Mediated Intercultural Foreign Language Education (2006). In 2002 her article “Social Dimensions of Telecollaborative Foreign language Study” won the Finalist Award for “Best Article in an Electronic Journal” given by the American Educational Research Association. Julie is also a member of the editorial boards of Applied Linguistics and the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators of Foreign Language Programs.

 

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