Previous Brown Bag Series

SLS THURSDAY LECTURE SERIES
(THE BROWN BAG)
 
February 2, 2017
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
St. John 11
 
A Corpus-Based Study of Critical Discourse Analysis of News Reports on Climate Change in China
 
Presenter:
Tingting Sun, SLS Visiting Colleague from
China University of Geosciences
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SLS THURSDAY LECTURE SERIES
(THE BROWN BAG)
 
January 26, 2017
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
St. John 11
 
Effect of Tracking Authentic Video Clips on the Enhancing of Comprehensibility and Intelligibility of L2 Speech:
A Mixed-Methods Approach
 
Presenter:
Dianning Qu, SLS Visiting Colleague from Central South University, China
 
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SLS LECTURE SERIES
(THE BROWN BAG)
 
TUESDAY, January 17, 2017
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Note Location: Biomedical Sciences, T-208
 
Validity evidence of interactional competence in role-play speaking assessment
 
Presenter:
Soo Jung Youn, PhD
 
 
This large-scale study examines the relationship between detailed interactional features of 102 test-takers’ performances on five role-play tasks and test scores awarded by raters to the performances. 102 test-takers’ performances were transcribed and coded for interactional features and sequential organizations that are grounded in Conversation Analysis. The quantitative power of the coded interactional features in distinguishing among varying levels of performance was further examined. I argue that recurrent interactional features found across test-takers’ levels serve as critical validity evidence of interactional competence. I discuss the implications of analyzing language test data as an empirical basis of measuring L2 spoken proficiency.

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Thursday, January 12, 12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. 

Center for Korean Studies Auditorium

Inference and generalizability: Investigations of large- and small-scale assessments and small-sample research

Presenter: Dr. Geoff LaFlair

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Place-based Language Learning Using Mobile Technology: An Analysis of an Original MALL Game and Its Redesign for a HELP Course

December 1, 2016

Presenters:

Dan Holden & Yang Liu
SLS Graduate Students, UH-Mānoa

In the field of Second Language Studies (SLS), there has been a growing interest in research in the areas of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) since the early 2000s. In addition to these researcher interests, the idea of using video games as language learning tools, particularly in online contexts, has been gaining popularity as well. In Holden & Sykes (2011), the researchers describe their unique work in a high school Spanish classroom which used an augmented reality MALL game that combined elements of mobile technology and video game design to create a new experience for the second language users. By utilizing a combination of theories of place-based learning and MALL, the research team at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa was able to design their own augmented reality game to be implemented in the Hawai’i English Language Program (HELP).

After analyzing both in-game data and conducting a series of post-game interview data with both students and administrators, the game, Guardians of the Mo’o (Mo’o 1.0), was deemed to be successful in achieving its initial design goals and was given support to possibly become part of the regular HELP curriculum, pending modifications. This paper outlines the theoretical background for creating such a game, as well as provides a detailed analysis of how Mo’o 1.0 was created and ultimately played by the target group of language learners. Then, the focus will be shifted to explain how the second version of the game (Mo’o 1S) was redesigned and modified to fit into a new experimental course in the HELP summer curriculum.

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GSO Presentation

10/10/2013

Here is a PDF format of presentation, which was delivered by

Jaun Manuel Escalona-Torres and Mónica Vidal on 10/10/2013

Click the hyperlink to download GSO Brown Bag 10 10 2013