CAROLE Research Seminar 3: How do we learn Second Language Speech?

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The Centre for Applied Research and Outreach in Language Education (CAROLE) is hosting a series of research seminars, delivering talks in areas of Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics.

And now…the 3rd seminar in the series is NEXT WEEK!

How do we learn Second Language Speech? Improving speech perception: A novel high variability phonetic training paradigm

Non-native speakers have often difficulties discriminating phonemic contrasts that involve phoneme categories that are not present in their native language (e.g., English /l/ vs. /r/ for native Japanese speakers). In this talk, Professor Walter van Heuven will present a series of experiments that evaluated a novel high variability phonetic training paradigm that involves presenting spoken words in adverse conditions that are adapted based on the learners’ perceptual performance. The effectiveness, generalizability, and longevity of this training paradigm was evaluated using English phoneme contrasts with Malaysian multi-linguals. The implications of the findings will be discussed.

Walter van Heuven is an associate professor at the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham. He obtained his PhD in 2000 at the Radboud University in Nijmegen (the Netherlands) and after postdoctoral projects in Nijmegen and France, he moved in 2005 to the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on word recognition, bilingualism, cognitive control, the bilingual brain, incidental foreign vocabulary acquisition, and computational models of visual word processing.

The CAROLE research seminar ‘How do we learn Second Language Speech? Improving speech perception: A novel high variability phonetic training paradigm’ will be on Wednesday 22nd March in Stephen Lawrence Building, Room 101, from 4pm-5pm

For more information about his work, please see: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/psychology/people/walter.vanheuven

We look forward to seeing you there!

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