Music and Cognition in Language Learning [Call for papers]

The symposium Music and Cognition in Language Learning, which will be hosted by the Research in Affective Language Learning (ReALL) research group of the University of Huelva, will take place on 6th-7th November 2014 in Huelva (Spain).

According to the organisers, the symposium will focus on “analyzing ways of experiencing language learning that take advantage of the emotional and cognitive elements provided by music in formal and/or informal educational contexts” and “aims to generate an international forum for debate and discussion on musical aptitude as an individual difference in language learning

 Plenery speakers include:

  • Dr. Mireille Besson (CNRS  Institut des Neurosciences Cognitives de la Méditerranée, University of Marseille, to be confirmed)
  • Dr. Susanne Reiterer (Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies, Sprachlehr- und -lernforschung, University of Vienna)
  • Dr. Carmen Herrero (Film, Media and Language Learning), Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Submissions are invited by scholars and PhD students, focusing on the following themes:

  • Music and Language as Human Capacities
  • Melodies and Rhythm in First Language Acquisition
  • The Melodic Approach to Second Language Learning

Abstracts (400 words max, exclusive of references, in English or in Spanish) should be sent to fonseca[at]dfing.uhu[dot]es by 5th September 2014. Abstracts should contain the main points and conclusions of the paper, as well as information about the methodology, theoretical framework and the relationship to the call. They should be accompanied by contact details for the author(s) as well as their institutional affiliation.

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