Constructionist Approaches to Language Pedagogy 2

Find here our updated conference program (status: June 10, 2016).


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Friday, June 10, 2016


Aula 001Lecture room 115: "Motion events"Lecture room 116: "Input, implicit and explicit teaching"Lecture room 114: "Specific constructions"
12:00Welcome & registration
12:45Constructionist approaches to language pedagogy: Foundations and challenges // Heike Behrens & Karin Madlener
13:15Keynote 1, Lourdes Ortega: Usage-inspired Language Pedagogy
Chair: Teresa CadiernoChair: Ingvild NistovChair: Catherine Diederich
14:20Explicit and implicit teaching of lexicalization patterns // Juliana Goschler & Lars BehnkeConstructions as units of learning: Usage-based instruction // Serafima Gettys, Iwona Lech & Rocio RodriguezTime expressions between lexicon and syntax: Implications for foreign language teaching // Alexander Ziem & Hans C. Boas
14:55Learning boundary-crossing events motion constructions in a second language // Rosa AlonsoComplement-taking predicates in early language development of Swedish as a foreign language // Martje WijersA constructionist approach to teaching Italian L2 futurity in interviews // Paul Sambre
15:30 Remarks on the centrality of a constructionist approach in the pedagogy of interlanguage pragmatics // Annalisa BaicchiCollocations in L2 attainment - a usage-based approach // Cordula M. Glass
16:05Coffee break
Chair: Juliana GoschlerChair: Annalisa BaicchiChair: Alexander Ziem
16:35What types of constructions do L2 learners use // Teresa Cadierno, Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano & Alberto Hijazo-GascónDoes a focus on chunks and fluency make a difference in migrants’ language learning? // Peter Lenz & Malgorzata BarrasA constructionist approach to English verb-particle constructions // Min-Chang Sung
17:10Construction-based teaching of the German caused motion and intransitive constructions to Italian learners // Sabine de Knop & Fabio MollicaA usage-based approach to L2 development through informal interactions online: case studies of lexical complexity in L2 English learners // Meryl KusykI want to express my emotions as I feel them. The expression of emotions in second language classroom: A usage-based approach // Lucía Gómez Vicente
17:45Construction-based teaching of German caused motion constructions with ein-/in to French-speaking learners // Françoise Gallez & Sabine de Knop„Drills“ revisited - in light of a usage-based approach // Ingvild Nistov, Elisabeth Bjugn, Atle Kristiansen, Else Berit Molde, Katrin Saarik & Ilka WunderlichImage schemas and metaphors in teaching grammar (by the example of the German modal auxiliaries) // Katsiaryna Kanaplianik
18:30Apéro riche, Wildt’sches Haus (Petersplatz)


We wish to thank John Benjamins Publishing Co. for their generous contribution to the reception.


Saturday, June 11, 2016


Aula 001Lecture room 115: "Argument structure" & "Constructicon"
Lecture room 116: "Input, implicit and explicit teaching"Lecture room 114: "Specific constructions"
09:30Keynote 2, Ewa Dabrowska: Experience, aptitude and individual differences in ultimate attainment: A comparison of L1 and L2 speakers
10:35Coffee break
Chair: Catherine DiederichChair: Karen Roehr-BrackinChair: Florent Pérek
11:05English Argument structure constructions in L2 learners’ speaking interaction // Jung-Youn Choi & Hyun-Kwon YangReading for remembering: On the long-term impact of starting age on retention and recall of target language input // Simone E. Pfenninger & David SingletonThe impact of foreign language input on the acquisition of intensifying constructions: a case study from CLIL and non-CLIL learners in French-speaking Belgium // Isa Hendrikx, Kristel Van Goethem & Fanny Meunier
11:40Korean secondary interlanguage learners’ developmental aspects: Instruction effects of English argument structure constructions // Gyu-Ho ShinExceptions disturb pattern learning in adult second language acquisition: Individual differences approach // Maja Curcic, Sible Andringa & Folkert KuikenThe influence of English immersion on L3 French // Rosalinde Tialda Stadt, Aafke Hulk & Petra Sleeman
12:15Lunch break
Chair: Hans BoasChair: Maja Curcic
14:00Different levels of item-specificity and compositionally - an empirical study of L2 learners // Susen FaulhaberLanguage learning aptitude and working memory capacity as predictors of instructed adult learners’ explicit and implicit L2  knowledge // Luis H. Rodriguez Silva & Karen Roehr-Brackin
14:35A valency constructicon for learners of English // Thomas HerbstThe role of explicit and implicit teaching on the L2 production of German case markers // Kristof Baten
15:10Adding a pedagogic toolkit to the Swedish construction // Camilla Håkansson, Benjamin Lyngfelt, Joel Olofsson & Julia PrenticeCan explicit instruction enhance language analytic abilities? // James Chalmers
16:00Keynote 3, Katrin Lindner: Learning German as a second language: Findings from a pilot study with refugees aged three and four
17:00Conference closing