Curiosity Killed the Cat – but Not the Language Learner

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Tuesday 14 May

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Curiosity Killed the Cat – but Not the Language Learner,
Ms. Arianna Kitzinger, University of Sopron, Hungary
Place: Room F304

Time: 10.30 – 11.15
Description: In the old English proverb curiosity killed the cat. Is curiosity so dangerous in language learning (and teaching) as well? What does curiosity mean in language learning and why is it important if it is important at all? What is its role? What does it result in? What happens when you learn a foreign language without curiosity? The presentation aims to answer these questions while dealing with curiosity not only as a psychological but also as a sociolinguistic phenomenon. It also examines some related language educational issues like motivation, language learning strategies and even flow all from the aspect of curiosity. Curiosity will also be connected with the different stages and characteristic features of age in language learning. It will be explained and explored with the help of introducing good practices in the two extremes of education, i.e. in the kindergarten and in higher education.