Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Research Seminar

Research Seminar

DEPARTMENT OF HISPANIC STUDIES R E S E A R C H S E M I N A R DR MARIA PALMA FAHEY [Lecturer, Shannon College of Hotel Management] “Un ser que no es humano no tiene opiniones, amo: Terms of address in Isabel Allende’s novel ‘La isla bajo el mar’” In La isla bajo el mar Isabel Allende constructs a fictional world in which slavery and freedom are the main topics. In this paper I will discuss how the terms of address are exploited in the novel, in its narrative and in the dialogues of the characters, in order to convey pragmatic functions that successfully add credibility to its characters and their interactions. Levels of social distance and power are emphasised by the use of these terms and their overall presence contributes to highlight the main themes of this book. MR MANUEL ESTEVEZ RODRIGUEZ [Universitat de Barcelona] “Motivational Aspects of the Formal and Non-Formal Education of Spanish as a Foreign Language” Inspired by the theoretical framework and research done by authors like Gardner, Dörnyei or MacIntyre on motivation in second language learning, we are going to comment on the results of a modified mini Attitude/Motivation Test Battery (mini AMTB) that has been taken by the students in the University College of Cork. This test looks at the aspects of Future Self, attitudes toward the learning situation, motivation, language anxiety, instrumental orientation, and social encouragement. The study wants to point out the differences and similarities of these variables between the formal (college) and non-formal (evening classes) students of Spanish as a foreign language and possible conclusions and suggestions that this may bring. Friday, 12th of February, 2010 3.00 p.m. O’Rahilly Building, Room 1.32 All Welcome

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 3pm
Location: O'Rahilly Building, Room 1.32
Target Audience: All Welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Sinead Watkins
021 4903267

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