MultiLing Summer School 2020: Second language learning and interaction

MultiLing's Summer School 2020 will take place from 7 to 11 September, 2020. This year, the topic is issues in second language learning and interaction. It will address how language learning is accomplished in conversational interaction and how the development of linguistic and interactional competence may be traced in actual conversational behavior over time.

Photo of a PhD student at a previous MultiLing course. Photo: Nadia Frantsen/UiO

Participants at a previous MultiLing course. Photo: Nadia Frantsen/UiO

ECTS credits: 5

For information, visit the course webpage for HFILN9080 MultiLing Summer School


  • Participants must be enrolled in a PhD program in linguistics or a related field of study.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellows may also apply, but will be admitted only if there is room after relevant PhD students have been accepted.
  • There is no course fee, but participants will have to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.


The application deadline is 15 May, 2020.

All applicants are kindly asked to submit (together with their application):

  • a 250-word description of their project, data and method(s).
  •  a recommendation letter from your supervisor

For information about how to apply, visit the course webpage for HFILN9080 MultiLing Summer School.

Members of LingPhil (Norwegian Graduate Researcher School in Linguistics and Philology) can apply for travel grant to participate in this course.


Paper of five pages to be submitted one week before the course and a ten minute oral presentation of it during the course. The paper should use insights from the articles on the reading list in a reflection on the methodological approach of one’s own research project.


The PhD course will give an introduction to the conversation analytic approach to second language (L2) learning and interaction. It will be concerned with people's methods for accomplishing learning and the interactional evidence researchers rely on to make claims about such methods. Furthermore, it will give insight into characteristics of interaction between first and second language speakers, for instance how L1 speakers adapt to the perceived proficiency level of L2 speakers and seek to preempt understanding problems. The data will come from both formal, pedagogic activities and informal conversations outside the classroom (‘in the wild’). Addressing methodological issues and challenges, the course will give hands-on experience with analyzing recordings of video- and audio-recorded conversations using a conversation analytic methodology.

Find the program here.

Topics covered include

  • Conversation Analysis as an approach to L2 learning and interaction
  • Methodological issues in studying L2 interaction longitudinally
  • Methodological challenges of eclecticism
  • L2 interactional competence and its development
  • L2 grammar-in-interaction
  • L2 talk as atypical interaction?
  • Language learning in the classroom and ‘in the wild’
  • Securing understanding in L2 interaction

Reading list

Approximately 400 pages of research articles.


Simona Pekarek Doehler (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland) and Søren Eskildsen (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark) will hold the Summer School together with Jan Svennevig (MultiLing).

Simona Pekarek Doehler is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. In her research she seeks to understand how participants to talk-in-interaction use grammar in concert with bodily conduct as a resource to accomplish social actions and how, in turn, linguistic and communicative resources emerge from the process of interaction. A second line of her research is dedicated to exploring the development of interactional competence in a second language, including the methodological challenges that arise when it comes to documenting change across time in situated social interactions.

Søren Wind Eskildsen is an Associate Professor of Second Language (L2) Acquisition at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg. His primary research interest concerns the usage-based processes and practices in L2 learning, in situ and over time, as seen through the lenses of usage-based models of language and conversation analysis. Other interests include the role of gestures and other embodied conduct in L2 learning and interaction. He works with both in- and out-of-class L2 data and with both adult and child L2 learning.

Jan Svennevig is Professor of Language and Communication at MultiLing. His research deals with practices used by L1 speakers for securing understanding and preempting understanding problems in conversations with L2 speakers. He has performed research in various institutional settings, such as workplace meetings, construction site interaction, doctor-patient consultations, police investigative interviews and medical emergency calls.


Jan Svennevig
Published Jan. 14, 2020 11:41 AM - Last modified Sep. 4, 2020 2:47 PM