Language Learning in a Post-COVID World

The 2020 Einar Haugen Lecture will be given by renowned researcher Lourdes Ortega, who has contributed immensely to the field of second language acquisition.

The lecture will be held digitally and live-streamed. More information to come.

Lourdes Ortega

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Lourdes Ortega

Lourdes Ortega is a professor in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University. Her main area of research is in second language acquisition, particularly socio-cognitive and educational dimensions in adult classroom settings. She has also long-standing interests in second language writing and foreign language education and has published widely about systematic research synthesis and epistemological and ethical dimensions of second language acquisition research. In the last few years she has become interested in applying insights from bilingualism, usage-based linguistics, and social justice to the investigation of second language development.

Ortega received her Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii (2000) and has been a doctoral Mellon fellow (1999), a postdoctoral Spencer/National Academy of Education fellow (2003), a senior research fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (2010), and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative, CUNY Graduate Center (2018). Her publications include the books Understanding Second Language Acquisition (Hodder, 2009; published in Mandarin in 2016) and The Cambridge Handbook of Bilingualism (with Annick De Houwer; 2019). She is General Editor of Language Learning and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Applied Linguistics. At Georgetown University she is also founding member and faculty director of the Initiative for Multilingual Studies.

Read more about her on her staff page at Georgetown University.

About the Einar Haugen Lecture series

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The annual Einar Haugen Lecture pays tribute to this eminent Norwegian-American scholar and celebrates linguistic diversity.

On September 26, the European Day of Languages, MultiLing honors Einar Haugen with the annual Einar Haugen Lecture. This year's lecture will be held on September 23. Haugen was a Norwegian-American linguist and a Professor at Harvard University in the 1960-70s. Haugen’s many influential works contributed to the then emerging field of sociolinguistics for which he is credited for having had an important impact, particularly in the domain of language policy. His pioneering work The Norwegian Language in America: A Study in Bilingual Behavior (1953) is a landmark study in the field of bilingualism. 



Published June 12, 2020 10:38 AM - Last modified June 19, 2020 10:38 AM