TESOL/AL Web Journal: Brown Bag Lunch Presentation on Oct 26, 2010

| October 26, 2010

Teachers College, Columbia University Working Papers in TESOL and
Applied Linguistics cordially invites you to our first Brown Bag Lunch
Presentation in the Fall:

Between Grammar and Pragmatics:
Article Use in L2 English”

Dr. Monika Ekiert
LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
Date: October 26, 2010 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Venue: 306 Russell (the Gottesman Libraries)

(Bring your own lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided)

At the presentation, Dr. Ekiert will talk about a study undertaken to investigate if and how L1 speakers of article-lacking languages express definiteness and its meanings when they use articles in L2 English, drawing on insights (e.g., Han & Larsen-Freeman, 2005; VanPatten et al., 2004) that grammatical meaning can be a source of difficulty in forming target-like form-meaning connections. Dr. Ekiert will also discuss the implications of these findings, which lend support to the view that full acquisition of grammatical elements, such as English articles, hinges on conceptual restructuring from the L1 to the L2.

Dr. Ekiert is an Assistant Professor of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. She obtained her MA in TESOL, as well as EdM and EdD in applied linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she taught graduate courses in the MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics programs. Her research interests include the acquisition of L2 meaning by adult L2 learners, the acquisition of definiteness, form–meaning connections in second language learning, crosslinguistic infl uence in second language acquisition, and conceptual transfer.

Please contact Adrienne Wai Man Lew at WML2102@columbia.edu for
more information.