Presentation at Second Language Research Forum (SLRF)
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.
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.