Gwen Brekelmans, UCL
Learning to speak a second or foreign language is often difficult and requires a lot of practice. Research in second language learning has long since used laboratory-based experiments to investigate how best to get people to learn various aspects of the second language, such as its vocabulary, the speech sounds, and the grammatical structure. More recently, online methods have become more prevalent in this research. In this talk, I will discuss my work on language learning with adult and child participants, focussing on those experiments in which participants learnt to perceive novel sounds from a second language. I will discuss two different ways of using online methods, i.e. fully online methods for adult participants versus online methods with offline supervision for primary school children, and will talk about the different considerations and challenges that come with these approaches. I will also go into the challenges of running multi-session experiments.