This webinar addresses the puzzling question of what makes learning a second language extraordinarily difficult for some students. It explores the research literature on issues such as:
- What is the cognitive basis of language learning: how do language, memory and attention interact?
- Why do at-risk students fail foreign language classes?
The webinar will examine these questions by presenting the latest thinking about a theoretical framework which explains second language learning difficulties in cognitive terms. The session includes simulations of second language learning difficulties designed to give instructors insights and empathy for students’ challenges. It also proposes recommendations for effective second language instruction based on research, literature review, and nearly 30 years of classroom practice developed in Landmark College’s highly successful Foreign Language programs. It includes suggestions for structuring Foreign Language programs and for specific classroom approaches and materials.