Is there a talent for foreign languages? Structure and measurement.

Jacek Rysiewicz


Does one need a talent to learn a foreign language (FL)? What do talented FL learners have that makes them learn any FL relatively quickly and easily? Is a FL learning potential a homogeneous ability, or a set of several abilities? Can FL aptitude be trained or is it fixed? Can we diagnose learners’ FL aptitude, and how can we profit from this? These issues will be dealt with in the 'talk' part of the workshop (30 minutes). In the workshop part (40 minutes), the attendees will take a FL aptitude test developed by the author of workshop. The maximum number of attendees that can be accommodated is 30.


Senior lecturer at Faculty of English A. Mickiewicz University, Poznań. EFL teacher, teacher trainer, SL acquisition researcher. Interests: individual differences in SL acquisition, teacher training and education, psycho-linguisitcs, and others. Experience: EFL at primary (1 year), secondary (11 years) and tertiary (37 years) levels; academic English; EFL phonetics; English phonology, research methods in SL acquisition, and others.

Presentation Details

Type of presentation: Workshop
Presentation is for: General audience
Presentation focuses on: Primary education
Presentation Coding: Testing, Evaluation and Assessment (TEA) Non-Commercial
Speaking on behalf of a publisher, examination board, or commercial organisation? No

Scheduled for

Date: Sunday, 2022-09-18, 11:30 - 12:30
Place: Lecture Hall 4.09