Research • Room 203 • 16:00
Joseph Tomei(Daejeon University | Kumamoto Gakuen University)
Talk / Construal in Language Learning
Cross-cultural / intercultural communication
This presentation discusses ongoing research into the process of construal by L2 language learners. Construal is, simply explained, when speakers take a particular point of view in their descriptions and raising learner awareness of the differences in construals between their L1 and L2 has proven effective in English classrooms in Japan. After presenting an introduction to construal, the presentation will discuss the interviews, which follow the Louvain International Database of Spoken English Interlanguage (LINDSEI) protocols and will introduce data taken from Japanese learners of English.
Joseph Tomei is a professor in the Faculty of British and American Studies at Kumamoto Gakuen University and is a visiting professor at Daejeon University for the 2019-2020 academic year. He has taught EFL in France, Spain, and Japan at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. In addition to his interest in computer-mediated communication, he also is interested in the application of cognitive grammar to language teaching, practical activities in the language classroom, and writing instruction, and his recently completed doctorate from the University of Birmingham is on the use of metaphor by EFL writers.