Association For Language Awareness

Fifth International Conference - University Of Leicester, UK

26 to 29 June 2000


Monday 26 June

1400 to 1700

Arrival and Registration in Stamford Hall. Tea available from 1600.

1700 to 1800

Sherry reception


Welcome by Professor Robert Burgess,
Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester

1800 to 1900

Opening plenary Professor Ron Carter, University of Nottingham, UK
Spoken Discourse and Language Awareness: the place of corpus-based study

1930 Dinner

Tuesday 27 June


Wasyl Cajkler and Jane Hislam, University of Leicester, UK
Past imperfect, present simple, future progressive?: what PGCE trainees know and are expected to know about grammar
Sylvia Fehling, Universitat Gesamthochschule Kassel, Germany

Language Awareness in Content and Language Integrated Learning

Ngoni Chipere, University of Cambridge, UK

Working Memory Capacity versus Grammatical Awareness in Determining Syntactic Performance

0945 to 1025

Cigdem Karatepe, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey
Pragmalinguistic Awareness in EFL Teacher Training
John Swan, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Five -eds, Six -ings, two s's: Tackling the Decoding of Texts with the aid of Key Signals

Rosemary Sage, University of Leicester, UK

Teaching Thinking, Language and Communication Skills to Leicester Primary and Secondary Pupils


Lesley Idoine, University of Wolverhampton, UK
What do children know about standard English? The language knowledge held by Key Stage 2 speakers of the Black Country dialect
Anita Malmqvist, Umea University, Sweden

Metaperspectives in the Teaching ofGrammar: an interlingual project

Karen Turner and Ann Turvey, University of London, UK

Shared understandings of the teaching of grammar in English and French to year 7 learners in a comprehensive school:student teachers working collaboratively

1115 Coffee


Valerie Harkness, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Understanding Other: Residence Abroad and Perceptions of Fluency
Peter Garrett and Angie Williams, University of Cardiff, UK

Communication across generations: judgements from younger and older adults

Diane Huot, Université Laval, Québec, Canada

Productions orales spontanées en début d'acquisition et l'action de remarquer l'exemple d'une enfant en milieu naturel


Crispin Thurlow, University of Cardiff, UK
Talkin' about my communication: Communication awareness in early adolescence
Winifred Davies, University of Wales Aberystwyth, UK

A Critique of some common assumptions in German work on Language and Education

Professor Witold Tulasiewicz, University of Cambridge, UK

Primary School pupils' experience of Language Awareness as part of their curriculum

1315 Lunch


Nat Bartels, University of Leipzig, Germany
Language Awareness in Teacher Education: Insights from Knowledge Transfer Research
Roger Berry, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Awareness of Metalanguage in Pedagogic Grammar

Joanna Thornborrow, University of Cardiff, UK

Discussion, talk and interaction in a (British) upper primary classroom


Melanie Pope, Loughborough University, UK
Classifying the Metalanguage: what this tells about how we think about language and the implications for compulsory English education
Alan Fortune, King's College London, and Dilys Thorp 

Interaction data in second language output (Dictogloss) tasks: a new light on the identification, classification and value of Language Related Episodes (LREs)

Michel Candelier, Université René Descartes Paris-V, Université du Maine, Le Mans, France

L'éveil aux langues à l'école primaire: des objectifs aux supports didactiques

1545 Tea


Plenary Professor Bill Littlewood, Hong Kong Baptist University
Exploring the Creative Interplay between Language Awareness, Cultural Awareness and Meta-Awareness in Intercultural Communication

1715 to 1800 Association for Language Awareness AGM

1900 Conference Dinner

Wednesday 28 June


Ingela Valfridsson, Umea University, Sweden
Ways of learning a case marking system
Josep Cots, Elisabet Arno, (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain) Ester Baiget and Enric Llurda, University of Lleida, Spain

Levels of Language Awareness and Linguistic Training

Dominique Macaire, Université René Descartes Paris-V, France

Des langues dans l'enseignement primaire? Evolution des représentations des enseignants engagés dans l'éveil aux langues (EVLANG)


Monika Budde, Universitat Gesamthochschule Kassel, Germany
One LA approach in Germany: Sprach sensibilisierung
Sheena Gardner, University of Warwick, UK, and Pauline Rea-Dickins, University of

Bristol, UK

Chameleon or Conglomeration? Representations of Language in EAL Assessment

Margaret Allan and Elizabeth Hirst, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

In Support of Tertiary Student Writing


Steve Andrews, University of Hong Kong
The Language Awareness of the L2 Teacher: its impact upon pedagogic practice
Julie Norton, University of Leicester, UK

The Impact of Task effect and Examiner Conduct upon the Performance of Japanese Candidates in the Cambridge Speaking Tests

Richard Ward, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Revised Criteria for Responding to Writers

1115 Coffee


Plenary Peter Downes, OBE, Nuffield Languages Inquiry, UK
Can an anglophone country ever become 'language aware'? The Nuffield Languages Inquiry Report, 2000

1300 Lunch


Professor Claudia Finkbeiner, University of Kassel, Germany
From Professional Intuition to Teaching Awareness: a long way home!
Heinz Lechleiter, Dublin City University, Ireland

Blind Spots in Research and Teaching of LSP as a Foreign Language: the example of chemistry


Arthur McNeill, University of Dundee, UK
Language Awareness and L2 Teachers: what exactly should teachers be aware of?
Lourdes Armengol-Castells, University of Lleida, Spain

Writing Process Awareness of Multilingual Writers: a protocol-based study of three writers writing in three languages

1530 Tea


David Lasagabaster, University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz,
The Effect of Knowledge about Language on Foreign Language Skills and Grammar

Jane Willis, Aston University, UK

Lexical Chunks: identifying frequent phrases, classifying and teaching them

Claudia Kunschak, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Awareness of Variation in FL/SL Teaching


Joyce Angio, Cegep Ste. Foy, Quebec, chairs an Informal Exchange session:
"Language Awareness activities: So,...what are YOU doing in YOUR classroom?"

Thursday 29 June


Elisabet Arno, (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain), Josep Cots, Jaume Tio, University of Lleida, Spain
Collaborative Group Work on Language Awareness Tasks: exploring how students build up and share their views of language and learning

Lars Anders Kulbrandstad, Hedmark College, Norway

Sociolinguistic Awareness in Multilingual Milieus

Mike Scott, University of Liverpool, UK

A Tool for Investigating Awareness


Rena Helms-Park, University of York, Ontario, Canada
Drawing L2 Learners' Attention to Semantically Coherent Verb Classes
Nicos Sifakis, Hellenic Open University, Athens, Greece

Raising our second/foreign language learners' metacognitive awareness of their vocal tract control mechanisms at play during speaking performance

Wei Wei Shen and Martin Cortazzi, University of Leicester, UK

Cross-Linguistic Awareness of Key Cultural Lexis: a study of Chinese and English speakers


Zargham Ghabanchi, Teacher Training University of Sabzevar, Iran
A Cross-Cultural Aspect to Text Analysis
Professor Viv Edwards and Frank Monaghan, University of Reading, UK

Bilingual Multimedia Storybooks and the Teaching and Learning of Mother Tongue and Second Languages

1115 Coffee


Vivian Li and Ivy Ho, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Steering Teachers and Students Towards Quality of Learning
Agneta Svalberg, University of Leicester, UK

A problem with Language Awareness

Morag Hunter-Carsch, University of Leicester, UK

What's in a Name? Literacy and Linguistic Awareness: knowledge, understanding and teaching reading

1300 Lunch

Please ask for a booking form by emailing providing your full postal address and fax number.
Costs: Registration: £35 (£25 for ALA members; £10 for ALA student members)

Residential: £125 (standard), £155 (ensuite) for three nights including meals as shown in programme

Non-residential: £36 (£15 ALA student members) 

All bookings received after 26 May subject to a surcharge of £10.

Methods of payment: UK cheque, Eurocheque, Visa, Mastercard

Richard Aplin


Association for Language Awareness

University of Leicester School of Education

21 University Road





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