Express Yourself: The Trials and Tribulations of Learning Another Language

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  4/6/2011

Lynn SantelmannDeschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome Lynn Santelmann to the Bend and Sisters library for two programs as part of the 2011 A Novel Idea …. Read Together community wide reading project. Both programs are free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 9, 3:00 pm, Bend Public Library
Sunday, April 10, 3:00 pm, Sisters Public Library

During her presentation Santelmann, a professor at Portland State University, will address the issue of what does it mean to "know" a language and how we go about learning a new one. Santlemann will examine how Karim, the protagonist in Teddy Wayne’s novel Kapitoil, can speak English with impeccable grammar, but still not "get" the language.

Lynn Santelmann is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University in 1995. She currently teaches courses in language acquisition and language structure, and researches how people learn the structure of their language - either as children or as adults learning a second language. She has lived and taught in Germany and Sweden, and knows first-hand the trials and tribulations of trying to express yourself in a new language.

For more information about this or other Novel Idea programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.

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