Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC)

Predicting and improving English foreign language skills in elementary school children

ABC Symposium

26Oct2017 10:00 - 17:00

Symposium

This symposium is organized in the context of the NWO ORWELL-project: All children are equal but some are more equal than others. Improving the acquisition of English at school.

This symposium is organized in the context of the NWO ORWELL-project: All children are equal but some are more equal than others. Improving the acquisition of English at school. Project members: prof dr. M. van der Molen (FMG); dr. P. Snellings (FMG); dr. Jurgen Tijms (FMG); dr. J. E. Rispens (FGW); Dr. M. van Koert (FGW); MSc. N. Leona (FMG).

Excellent English language education is considered extremely important for societal success. Although English is mandatory, and demands of national exams have recently become more strict, it is yet unknown how teaching can optimally cater for individual differences between children. The ORWELL project has two aims: 1). Detecting cognitive, motivational and linguistic predictors for success in learning English in the last three years of primary education 2). Developing teaching methods to optimize the learning of English as a foreign language for individual learners.  In this symposium results from the ORWELL project will be presented and (inter)national experts from different disciplines (Education; Linguistics; Applied linguistics) will present the latest scientific insights into foreign and second language acquisition and teaching:

Prof. Esther Geva (University of Toronto), prof. Victor van Daal (Edge Hill University), prof. Mikko Aro (University of Jyväskylä), prof. Carmen Muñoz (University of Barcelona), prof. Judit Kormos (Lancaster University), prof. Rick de Graaff (Utrecht University), dr. Margreet van Koert-Hoogervorst (University of Amsterdam), Nihayra Leona (University of Amsterdam)

Website ORWELL and free registration: https://rudolfberlin-eng.org/symposia/

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