June 9, 2016, by Words on Words

BAAL Vocabulary Special Interest Group Conference

This blog was written by Norbert Schmitt, Professor of Applied Linguistics, School of English.

Thursday 7th July, 2016, 13.00-17.00 and Friday 8th July, 2016, 10.00-16.30

University of Nottingham

Vocabulary is an essential aspect of learning any language.  While much of vocabulary is acquired incidentally as a young child when learning a first language, second language learners often struggle to learn a sufficient number of words to operate in their new language.  Research has given many insights into the nature of vocabulary, how it is stored in the mind, and the most effective ways of teaching it.

This Special Interest Group (SIG) conference will feature two days of presentations and posters on various aspects of vocabulary study.  The plenary speakers include Prof. Paul Meara, who will discuss the key findings of vocabulary research that complement that of one of the key figures in the field, Prof. Paul Nation.  The second plenary speaker is Prof. Norbert Schmitt, who will review and critique the last quarter-century of vocabulary research.  Fourteen papers will be presented by an international range of vocabulary specialists and PhD students.  There will also be two dedicated poster sessions, with a total of 18 posters.

Prizes will be given for the best PhD presentation, and the best poster on Thursday, and the best poster on Friday.  There will also be a conference dinner on Thursday night.  Registration closes 15th June 2016.

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