SLLAT talks generally take place on Wednesdays, 12pm to 1pm. However, this year, a few talks will take place on Thursday, 3pm to 4pm. These are joint sessions with the Heritage/Second Language Consortium (HL2C), of which Lancaster University is part. SLLAT members are welcome (and encouraged) to attend these events, too. For more information, or to get involved, please visit the HL2C website.

Abstracts are usually available one week before each talk. To download the abstract, simply click on the title links.

Talks will take place on MS Teams. We will circulate the Teams link via the SLLAT mailing list, so please remember to join our mailing list in advance (how to join).

Date Time
Speaker Title
Sep 30 Thursday, 3-4pm Luiz Amaral and Alexandre Alves dos Santos (both UMass Amherst), Flávia Cunha (Mt. Holyoke College), Thaís de Sá and Ricardo de Souza (both UFMG) Evaluating heritage speakers’ proficiency: Oral proficiency rubrics and a vocabulary test  for Portuguese as a heritage language
Oct 20 Wednesday, 12-1pm Gabriela Tavares (NOVA CLUNL), Andrea Deme (Eötvös Loránd University), and Susana Correia (NOVA CLUNL) Phonological categorization of L2 Portuguese by Hungarian native speakers
Oct 27 Wednesday, 12-1pm María del Pilar Garcia Mayo (UPV/EHU) Children using collaborative tasks in an EFL context. Some insights from research
Nov 17 Wednesday, 12-1pm Aida Cardoso (Lisbon) Acquisition of infinitival constructions in L2 Portuguese by Spanish native speakers: A Feature Reassembly approach
Dec  1 Wednesday, 12-1pm Elma Kerz (Aachen) New insights into the role of statistical learning abilities in second language learning
Jan 26 Wednesday, 12-1pm Joe Kakitani (LAEL) Effects of distributed practice on L2 speech fluency development 
Jan 27 Thursday, 3-4pm Shanley Allen (Kaiserslautern) Information structure in the majority English of heritage speakers: Cross-linguistic influence and other patterns
Feb 9 Wednesday, 12-1pm Xiaobin Chen (Tübingen) Aisla—An intelligent agent for second language English learning in real-life contexts 
Feb 24 Thursday, 3-4pm Montserrat Comesaña (Minho) The representational nature of grammatical gender: The relevance of language transparency
Mar 2 Wednesday, 12-1pm Magdalena Grose-Hodge (Birmingham) Are the heritage and dominant languages of early bilinguals less complex and less fluent than that of monolinguals? A comparison of linguistic abilities of pre-adolescent Polish Heritage Speakers and monolingual controls.
Mar 9 Wednesday, 12-1pm Nur Ehsan Mohd Said (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) Differentiating instruction for EFL learners: Identifying and measuring changes in language attitude and critical thinking
Mar 23 Wednesday, 12-1pm Ava Becker (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) Title tbc
Mar 31 Thursday, 3-4pm Joana Moscoso (Native Scientist) Exploring the effectiveness of an innovative science outreach programme for migrant students  (Joint talk with HL2C.)
April 28 Thursday, 3-4pm Maria de Lurdes Gonçalves (Camões Institute) Teacher training in heritage language education: Challenges and opportunities (Joint talk with HL2C.)
May 4 Wednesday, 12-1pm Christopher J. Hall (York St. John)  Title tbc
May 18-20 Conference Heritage Languages Across the World (HLAW), Lisbon Please join us in Lisbon for this exciting event.
Jun 1 Wednesday, 12-1pm Yvonne Foley (Edinburgh) Diverse Critical Literacies: Pedagogies of Recognition
Jun 9 Thursday, 3-4pm João Veríssimo (University of Lisbon) L2 morphological processing reveals the internal differentiation of the language system
Jun 15 Wednesday, 12-1pm Míriam Buendía Castro (University of Granada, Spain) Design of a school science dictionary (English-Spanish) for bilingual primary schools in Spain
Jun 30 Thursday, 3-4pm Alexandra Fiéis, Joana Teixeira, and Ana Madeira (all NOVA CLUNL) Title tbc (Joint talk with HL2C.)