Blind Spots and Theory Building: How Can the Study of Language Learners Marginalized in the Field Help Us Grow?
Professor of Second Language Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Minnesota
The field of applied linguistics has explored diverse approaches to doing research more than it has explored the relative contributions of under-studied populations. As a field, we are only starting to understand how different linguistic assets, educational background, and life experiences connect to language development. What other blind spots do we have that severely limit the possibilities for our theories to apply more broadly? How can new information from under-studied populations inform instructional approaches in fresh ways? This colloquium offers a discussion of research with under-studied populations, and explores the importance of this work for theory building.
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