FAH-DENG Guest Lecture: ‘How variation contributes to L2 writing development: A complex dynamic systems theory account of voice construction’ by Dr. Gary Fogal, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan


Speaker:

Dr. Gary Fogal

Date:

7 Dec 2017

Time:

14:00

Venue:

E21-1020

Description:

Abstract:

This talk addresses a unique yet emerging approach to exploring and explaining variability from the perspective of complex dynamic systems theory (CDST). After outlining how this approach contributes to conceptualizing L2 writing development, the talk presents a four-year longitudinal case study that highlights how variability triggers changes in learners’ developing language systems, with a focus on authorial voice. This talk outlines a first glimpse through CDST at intra-individual variation concerning authorial voice construction and provides insight into diachronic and emergent developmental processes that have been under-explored in related research. The talk concludes by addressing how CDST can meaningfully contribute to understanding how L2 writing develops.

 

Biography:

Gary Fogal is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. Previously, he held an assistant professorship at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in the graduate program of Applied English Linguistics. Gary received his Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. His research is primarily guided by a complex dynamic systems theory orientation to L2 development and focuses on L2 writing and the intersection of literary studies and L2 acquisition. His latest studies have appeared in the journals Language and Sociocultural Theory and Applied Linguistics.

Audience:

All are welcome

Language:

English

Enquiry:

FAH - Department of English
Tel: 88224063
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