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DepositApplying Theories in Language Programs

Selected Topics in Applied Linguistics: How to Choose a Theory. I offer a critical exploration of some of the conditions involved in Instructed Second Language Acquisition (ISLA), as well as of the paradoxical approaches in the theoretical questions, methods, categories, and perspectives of ISLA. The discussion proceeds with a very short overview of prevalent theories of ISLA generally. Then I add a contrastive look in more depth at only two “theories” and their possible applications in language programs. I emphasize some of the discussions in our profession concerning processing instruction, e.g. (VanPatten “Processing Instruction”) or VanPatten (“Why Explicit Knowledge Cannot Become Implicit Knowledge” ), and the multiliteracies framework, e.g. (Paesani, Allen and Dupuy). I conclude with an invitation to a set of questions we might pose to any theory, framework, or approach as we consider its efficacy and applications for our own specific contexts.

TopicCFP Race Theory and Literature

Proposed Seminar for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) in Utrecht, The Netherlands (July 6-9, 2017) Organizers: Pauline Moret-Jankus, Friedrich-Schiller Universitaet, Jena Adam J. Toth, The Pennsylvania State University Race Theory and Literature Emerging out of the practices of colonialism, imperialism, and slavery/slave trade, race theory has seen renewed and […]

DepositLanguage and Subjectivity: Theories of Formation.

The purpose of this graduate course is to examine key texts of the twentieth century that established the fundamental connection between language structures and practices on the one hand, and the formation of selfhood and subjectivity, on the other. In particular, the course will focus on theories that emphasize the role of formal elements in producing meaningful discursive and social effects. Works of Russian formalists and French (post)-structuralists will be discussed in connection with psychoanalytic and anthropological theories of formation.

TopicCFP: Queer Theory in French

47th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Hartford, Connecticut, USA 17 March – 20 March 2016 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2015 Although French-language theorists such as Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Monique Wittig have been fundamental in thinking about queer theory in English, queer theory’s application in Francophone countries has generally proved […]