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Reanalysis of discernment from a social constructivist perspective: Academic consultation sessions in Japanese universities
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From the social constructivist perspective, this paper examines speech style shifts in academic consultation sessions between professors and students in Japanese universities and demonstrates that politeness is an interactional achievement. The paper attempts to show how what has previously been described as a display of discernment can be reanalyzed as an active co-construction in the sequential organization of talk.

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UG access in L2 acquisition: Reassessing the question Colloquium papers from the Second Language Research Forum 1998 October 15–18, 1998 at the University of Hawai‘i
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Original Invitation to the Colloquium: At a special colloquium at SLRF/Los Angeles in 1989, participants examined the so-called access question: Is Universal Grammar accessible to the (adult) L2 learner? Given that nearly ten years have passed since that colloquium, and given that we have, in that time, learned a good deal more about the nature of the human language faculty, it seems like a good time to reexamine the assumptions that went into the original UG-access research of the 1980s. In particular, then, questions that participants at the present colloquium might consider include (at least) the following: Is the original access question a reasonable one to ask at the present time? Does the current state of linguistic theory, our current understanding of the human language potential, warrant the original question? If not, how should the question be reformulated? How would such a reformulation affect our understanding of previous research, as well as any future attempts at falsification of a reformulated question? After the colloquium, several members of the audience asked whether we had taped or videotaped the session. In fact, the idea had never dawned on any of us. In the days after the conference, we then discussed the feasibility of making the papers available as unpublished manuscripts on the web. Of course, because the manuscripts do not include the Q&A discussions that followed each and every presentation, making the papers web-accessible will not substitute entirely. Nevertheless, we hope that the papers will at least stimulate further discussion of the issues. Indeed, if you have questions of your own, you are certainly welcome to e-mail any of us.

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Virtual connections: Online activities & projects for networking language learners
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Computer networking has created dramatic new possibilities for connecting language learners in a single classroom or across the globe. This collection of activities and projects makes use of email, the World Wide Web, computer conferencing, and other forms of computer-mediated communication for the foreign and second language classroom at any level of instruction. Teachers from around the world submitted the activities compiled in this volume - activities that they have used successfully in their own classrooms.

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Preparing students for participation in the globalized communities of the 21st century entails out-of-the-box thinking on the part of foreign language teachers. How do we move beyond preparing students to order coffee or buy train tickets, and instead encourage them to be reflective, culturally aware language users? To answer this question, this institute focuses on how to develop students’ 21st century literacies through engagement with authentic written, audio, audiovisual, visual, and digital materials. Using conceptual and pedagogical understandings gained during the institute, participants will collaboratively evaluate and analyze existing materials and then create learning objectives, select authentic materials, and design lessons that develop students’ communicative abilities, encourage cross-cultural connections, foster critical thinking and problem solving, and facilitate engagement with the world outside of the classroom.

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