Topics include:

  • Heritage language learning
  • Language learning and technology
  • Individual differences in language learning
  • Language testing
  • Corpus approaches to L2 acquisition
  • Computational linguistics and SLA
  • Instructed SLA
  • Cognitive foundations of language learning and teaching
  • Task-based language teaching
  • Linguistics and education

The summer school consists of three types of sessions: Keynote talks, lectures, and workshops.

Each day begins and concludes with a keynote speech on current topics in second language research. During the day, participants attend lectures that summarize the state-of-the-art of a variety of topics, ranging from language instruction and corpus linguistics to heritage language learning and second language cognition. There will also be sessions to promote the use of randomized controlled field trials in second language research and the construction and analysis of large-scale corpora. We are organizing a poster session so that delegates can obtain feedback on their work as well as several social events, including a conference dinner and a Stocherkahn tour of the Neckar river.

The event will take place in the Alte Aula, a 16th century building located in town centre. The Alte Aula served as the University’s main administrative building until the construction of the Neue Aula in the 19th century.