Dr. Aline Godfroid to deliver opening keynote address at the Hong Kong Second Language Acquisition Research Forum: Eye tracking in Second Language Acquisition: An overview, March 4th, 2022, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm EST

Zoom Meeting: https://eduhk.zoom.us/j/97973116406

The recording of eye movements, or eye tracking, has become an important tool for language researchers to probe real-time cognitive processes in first and second language speakers. Researchers turn to eye tracking for its millisecond precise temporal information and its high spatial resolution. As an exquisitely versatile tool, eye tracking has many applications across SLA disciplines and inspires new work, as well as new takes on old questions each year (see Godfroid, 2019, 2020; Godfroid & Hui, 2020; Godfroid, Winke, & Conklin, 2020, for reviews).

When participants engage in a language task, their eye gaze may provide a measure of their attentional allocation and linguistic processing (Godfroid, Boers & Housen, 2013; Just & Carpenter, 1980; Reichle, Pollatsek, & Rayner, 2006; Smith, 2012). This technology can be used to capture both conscious and unconscious processing in language learning and processing, which opens up new avenues for research in linguistics, psycholinguistics, instructed second language acquisition, and discourse studies, among many others.

In this keynote address, I will render the depth and breadth of eye-tracking research in second-language research, sampling influential studies across different SLA disciplines and highlighting how each study benefited in unique ways from the use of eye-movement registration.  The talk will conclude with a discussion of methodological aspects to consider with a view to promoting sound and reproducible eye-tracking research in the scientific study of language. 


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