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1289. sredin seminar: K. Czopek: Does high centrality in peer networks translate into language progress?

Datum objave: 1. 12. 2019
Vir: Seminar za računalniško matematiko (Sredin seminar)
Sreda, 4. december 2019, od 18:15 do 19:45, predavalnica 3.04, FMF, Jadranska 21, LJ
Does high centrality in peer networks translate into language progress? Second language acquisition from the social network perspective
 
Social networks play a vital role in the attainment of individuals, including processes such as that of second language acquisition. However, the high degree of variation in L2 progress reported in extant studies calls for a closer investigation of the interactional behaviours favouring or inhibiting second language development. A more rigorous, quantitative examination of the influence of peer interaction dynamics on measurable outcomes among language learners can be achieved with the tools of Social Network Analysis.
 
The seminar will be present the PEERLANG project currently being carried out at the University of Warsaw. The project aims at investigating the influence of peer interaction dynamics and social graph topology on second language acquisition outcomes among Study Abroad sojourners. Findings will be presented from two contexts: Erasmus exchange students at one university in Germany (n=40), and participants in an intensive summer course of language and culture in Poland (n=181). During the seminar, the specially constructed questionnaire will be presented, alongside the results of analyses of various standard centrality measures vis-a-vis performance, which reveal the best predictors of progress. It will also be shown that for language acquisition via social interaction, it is the structural properties of the network that matter more than processes such as information flow.