Presentation at Second Language Research Forum (SLRF)

Ralph Rose at Second Language Research Forum 2012 (Pittsburgh)This message is a little late in getting on-line, but for the record, at least, I'll still upload it. In October I was very busy as I made two conference trips in succession. First, I traveled to Hamamatsu here in Japan where I presented at the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) International Conference. After returning back home to Tokyo for one day, I then traveled to Pittsburgh to Carnegie-Mellon University where I participated in the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF).

I made a similar presentation at both conferences, though I emphasized the pedagocial implications at the JALT conference. In particular, I noted how results based on the Corpus of Hesitation Phenomena (pilot version) show that Nation's (1989) 4/3/2 fluency exercise technique can be connected to an increase in perceived fluency.

At the SLRF conference (see picture), I focused more on the model-theoretic implications of the results, emphasizing how the results suggest that some aspects of second language fluency are coordinated with first language speech characteristics and thus do not provide a reliable measure of second language fluency development.

The slides for my JALT talk can be downloaded from here, while the slides for my SLRF talk can be downloaded from here.

In addition to the many good presentations and plenary speakers I could hear at SLRF, one other productive aspect of the conference was the chance to meet Lorenzo Garcia-Amaya (web site) who gave an interesting talk on second language fluency and cognition, a topic that relates closely to my research interests. We had a good chat during the conference and have communicated by e-mail since about other topics like the cut-off time between normal silent pauses and long silent pauses which would count as hesitation phenomena. But I'll save that topic for a later post.