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Inaugural Lecture for Professor Lawrence Zhang

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A201, University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work

Gate 3, 74 Epsom Avenue

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Auckland, Auckland 1023

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Digging Deep: Developing Second/Foreign Language Expertise

Language learning is a complex human endeavour. This complexity has been widely acknowledged by academics in the field of second/foreign language education, though not necessarily by the general public, or scholars whose research interest is not in this area.

Because of the complicated nature of language learning, many learners through many years of language learning become expert users of these languages – while others struggle.

In his Inaugural lecture, Professor Lawrence Zhang will traverse nearly 40 years of his own language teaching and learning experience and examine the dynamism of the development of second/foreign language expertise.

He will explore the language learning enterprise through multi-theorisations Suggesting that developing second/foreign language expertise is in effect a complex dynamic metacognitive process. As a result of this process, an inevitable pattern of learner individual differences (LID) is demonstrated in the way that some learners become ‘successful’, whereas others do not.

Understanding individual learner differences in the context of second language learning will enable teachers to deepen our understanding of the possibility of theory-practice nexus for improving pedagogical practice.

5.30 - 6.30pm: Drinks reception, A201

6.30 - 7.30pm: Public lecture, J1 lecture theatre

FREE PARKING: Gate 2, 72 Epsom Ave

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