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What does Your Noticing say about Your language Learning? Insights from Second Language Acquisition Research

Thu, March 17th, 2022
4:15 pm
- 5:30 pm

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This event is open to the public. In-person attendees must be masked and must present a Williams ID (purple or yellow) or a vaccination card at the door. There will also be a live stream available. Please click the link below if you wish to join the webinar. Remote attendees will be able to ask questions through the Q&A feature of the Zoom webinar.

What do language learners notice when they read in a second language (L2)? Why do some learners notice specific linguistic forms better than others? Why do learners use specific forms more than others when they speak in the L2? Are they consciously aware of their choices? In this talk, Lama Nassif addresses these questions, among others, taking the Arabic language as a case study and sharing ideas and outcomes from her research.

Lama Nassif is an applied linguist, whose research focuses on learner “noticing” and “attention” in L2 development, sociolinguistic development in L2 acquisition, and the interface between second language acquisition research and pedagogy. Her research has appeared in various top journals within her field including System, Foreign Language Annals, Applied Pragmatics, and Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. Her book manuscript, Teaching Grammar in the L2 Arabic Classroom is expected to be published in 2024 (Routledge). Prior to joining Williams, Nassif was faculty at Damascus University (Syria), Middlebury College, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania as well as the University of Texas at Austin.

The Faculty Lecture Series aims to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. Organized by the faculty members of the Lecture Committee, the Faculty Lecture Series was founded in 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt, the spouse of a faculty member who wanted to “relieve the tedium of long New England winters with an opportunity to hear Williams professors talk about issues that really mattered to them.” From these humble and lighthearted beginnings, the Faculty Lecture Series has grown to become an important forum for tenured professors to share their latest research with the larger intellectual community of the college.

The full spring 2022 series is listed below:

Feb 10: Jeremy Cone
Feb 17:  Nick Howe
Feb 24: Nelly Rosario
Mar 3: Li Yu
Mar 10: Tim Lebestky
Mar 17: Lama Nassif

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