The Language Scientists

De Montfort University

Throughout the series we will be interviewing experts in the field of language learning and beyond to impart informative, evidence based and practical advice. The topics range from incidental learning, eye-tracking, learning vocabulary though reading, creative assessments, using virtual reality in the classroom, training phonological abilities, randomised control trials, speech errors and conducting research online. We hope that you will join us in discovering all those topics and let us know what you think! You can complete our 5 minute survey by following this link: https://dmupsy.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4OOQRpa1Yx0VGwS The questions include what you would like to hear next, what you have learnt from listening, and we also ask you about any obstacles you may have encountered on your language learning journey. Podcast Website: https://languagescientists.dmu.ac.uk read less
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Episodes

S2: E4: Reviving language learning in the UK
24-07-2023
S2: E4: Reviving language learning in the UK
In this episode, Dr Kaitlyn Zavaleta interviews Professor Neil Kenny, Professor of French at University of Oxford, Senior Research Fellow in All Souls College, and Lead Fellow for Languages for the British Academy. This episode addresses one of the central motivations for the podcast: how to increase the number of language learners in the UK. In his role as Lead Fellow for Languages at the British Academy, Professor Kenny has developed initiatives to encourage language learning and he describes a few of these initiatives, as well as why it is so important to learn a language.To find out more behind-the-scenes information about this topic or about our podcast, please visit our webpage, languagescientists.dmu.ac.uk. This is where you can go to ask questions, leave comments, or even participate in our current research! We'd love to hear from YOU. Follow Dr Zavaleta and Dr Bisson on twitter: @dr_klzavaleta and @mjbisson Or get in touch via email: kaitlyn.zavaleta@dmu.ac.uk and marie-josee.bisson@dmu.ac.uk To follow the British Academy and hear more about their work, they are on Twitter: @BritishAcademy_ To read more about Professor Kenny's work at the British Academy: https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/publications/towards-national-languages-strategy-education-and-skills/ Links to some of the resources in the podcastThe Languages Gateway: the UK's portal for languagesAssociation for Language Learning: organisation for school resourcesUniversity Council of Modern Languages: organisation for higher education language learningWorld of Languages and Languages of the World (WOLLOW): resources for encouraging children to learn languages
S1: E8: "What's the word again?": Mistakes Can Show Knowledge and Fluency
07-11-2022
S1: E8: "What's the word again?": Mistakes Can Show Knowledge and Fluency
In this episode Dr Bisson interviews Dr Zavaleta about her research on speech errors (when you say cat instead of dog or "Platurn" instead of planet because you were also thinking of Saturn... ). Dr Zavaleta explains how speech errors are a normal occurrence especially when we learn another language. Things get muddled up and the wrong word comes out but speech errors are so interesting because they tell us so much about the organisation of language in the brain. Join us for an interesting episode that we can all relate to. Can you help us by completing our survey? We would like to know what you liked about this episode, what you would like to hear about next and also whether you have encountered any barriers in your language learning journey. Click here for the link to this 5-minute survey. Follow Dr Zavaleta and Dr Bisson on twitter: @dr_klzavaleta  and  @mjbisson Or get in touch via email: kaitlyn.zavaleta@dmu.ac.uk and  marie-josee.bisson@dmu.ac.uk Or via the De Montfort University website: Dr Kaitlyn Zavaleta and Dr Marie-Josee Bisson  The Language Scientists Podcast website: languagescientists.our.dmu.ac.uk  Link to Dr Zavaleta and Dr Bisson's research lab: sites.google.com/view/languagelab-dmu  Zavaleta, K. L., & Nicol, J. L. (2018). Effects of second language proficiency and working memory span on novel language learning. Journal of Second Language Studies, 1(1), 79-105.
S1: E1: Beyond the Classroom: Informal Language Learning
31-10-2022
S1: E1: Beyond the Classroom: Informal Language Learning
In this episode Dr Zavaleta talks to Dr Bisson about incidental learning and how we can use this type of learning to help us learn a language in and out of the classroom. Being exposed to a language can help you pick up new words, syntax and grammar even if you are engaged in another task. This can be something like playing a game with foreign language words, reading a book in the foreign language, watching a foreign language film with subtitles or immersing yourself in the foreign language environment. This type of learning is very similar to how we learn our native language and requires no conscious effort to learn.Can you help us by completing our survey? We would like to know what you liked about this episode, what you would like to hear about next and also whether you have encountered any barriers in your language learning journey. Click here for the link to this 5-minute survey.Follow Dr Zavaleta and Dr Bisson on twitter: @dr_klzavaleta and @mjbissonOr get in touch via email: kaitlyn.zavaleta@dmu.ac.uk and marie-josee.bisson@dmu.ac.ukOr contact them via the De Montfort University website: Dr Kaitlyn Zavaleta and Dr Marie-Josee Bisson The Language Scientists Podcast website: languagescientists.our.dmu.ac.ukLink to Dr Bisson's research lab: sites.google.com/view/languagelab-dmuExample article about Dr Bisson's research:Bisson, M.-J., Baker-Kukona, A. & Lengeris, A. (2021). An ear and eye for language: Mechanisms underlying second language word learning. Bilingualism, Language and Cognition. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1366728920000723.
Meet The Language Scientists
24-09-2022
Meet The Language Scientists
In this episode you meet us, your hosts for the series, Dr Kaitlyn Zavaleta and Dr Marie-Josee Bisson and we set the scene for what is to come.   We are both Senior Lecturers at De Montfort University and we conduct research on language learning.   Throughout the series we will be interviewing experts in the field of language learning and beyond to impart informative, evidence based and practical advice. The topics range from incidental learning, eye-tracking, learning vocabulary though reading, creative assessments, using virtual reality in the classroom, training phonological abilities, randomised control trials, speech errors and conducting research online.    We hope that you will join us in discovering all those topics and let us know what you think! Can you help us by completing our survey? We would like to know what you liked about this episode, what you would like to hear about next and also whether you have encountered any barriers in your language learning journey. Click here for the link to this 5-minute survey.   Follow Dr Zavaleta and Dr Bisson on twitter: @dr_klzavaleta and  @mjbisson  Or get in touch via email: kaitlyn.zavaleta@dmu.ac.uk and marie-josee.bisson@dmu.ac.uk  The Language Scientists Podcast website: languagescientists.our.dmu.ac.uk  De Montfort University website: Dr Kaitlyn Zavaleta and Dr Marie-Josee Bisson  Link to Dr Zavaleta and Dr Bisson's research lab: sites.google.com/view/languagelab-dmu