CONTEXT & AIM
As shown at http://educationalroleoflanguage.org/erla-projects/, ERLA starts a new cycle and its 2023 focus is AFFECT.
The character of ERL Sessions changes: we SHARE IDEAS (rather than findings) – as part of our joint learning “tour”. We leave findings for ERL Conferences, whilst during ERL Sessions, we – informally – present personal EXPERIENCE, discuss relevant THEORIES, demonstrate possible APPLICATIONS, and decide on joint PUBLICATIONS or PROJECTS. In other words, ERL Sessions are meant to be predominantly constructive/formative rather than mainly summative/conclusive.
“GETTING EMOTIONAL ABOUT LANGUAGE”
The session’s title has a twofold meaning: first (more generally), it refers to ERLA, as a whole, accentuating the emotional side of language learning and use (before it addresses beliefs, activity, and thinking at a later stage), and second (more specifically), to learners’ and teachers’ emotions relating to language. The plan is to collect personal accounts, to talk about multiple theories and their practical side, to come up with ideas for joint projects and publications, and to internationalise our understanding of the relationship between language and affect. Hopefully, the session will ccontribute to our positive emotions:)
We’ll be happy to hear your answer to such (fundamental) questions as: How emotional are you about language(s), and what are the causes and what are the consequences of that? What does your experience tell you about the affective side of language learning and use?, What theory/theories shape(s) your understanding of linguistic affect?, How to put it/them into practice?, How do you diagnose/take into account/relate to your students’ language affect?, How does the linguistic affect vary across cultures and nations?, Which disciplines “have a say” in studies of the linguistic aspect?, What problems concernng the emotional side of language would you like to study with people from the ERL circle?,
The session is meant to be widely international and interdisciplinary,. We invite theoreticians and practitioners, academics and non-academics, experts and enthusiasts of applied linguistics, educational science, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistcs, theories of education, psychology of personalities, or any aother field or discipline in which language affects counts.
The participation is free of charge, but it requires an earlier connection check (via Zoom). with the camera turned on.
The procedure is as follows:
1. You register via this REGISTRATION FORM. In the registration you specify what you want to share (your personal experience, a useful theory, an idea of a joint project or publication, etc.) and how much time you need for it (from 5 to 20 minutes).
2. You get a link to a spreadsheet with titles and participants – for notes, questions, etc. It is used before the session (to get to know who is who), during (for immediate comments, doubts, etc.) and after the session (for feedback and further collaboration).
3. We meet twice – on Wednesday (9-12 CET) and on Thursday (16-19 CET) [check your local time!] so that people from all over the globe can join. On both days we follow the sequence: introduction -> individual slots -> group talk -> conclusions.
4. Following the session we keep you in the ERL loop and send you updates on different ERL initiatives and you’re free to decide if you perhaps wish to become an ERLA member and accompany us in our learning tour shown below.
ERLA’s 12-YEAR TRAJECTORY