A/P Michał B. Paradowski
The many faces of multilingualism: Myths, disputes, social norms, and the pandemic
16 September 2022 (Friday), 12pm
Two languages in the mind not only affect cognitive structure and functioning, but also have subtle—and sometimes non-trivial—influence on the speaker’s decisions. I will discuss how bilinguals’ language choices impact moral decision-making in a way that cannot be accounted for by merely invoking an emotion-based explanation.
Lastly, I will demonstrate how multilingualism moderated teachers’ and learners’ coping with the transition to emergency remote instruction during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, basing on survey data from nearly 9,000 respondents from 118 countries, revealing how proficiency in other languages seemed to confer more stability in both life and instruction.
Michał B. Paradowski is an associate professor at the Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw, a trainer of teachers and translators, and a language teaching and research consultant. His interests include second and third language acquisition research, bi- and multilingualism, psycholinguistics, embodied cognition, complexity science, and educational psychology. He has given over 200 invited lectures, seminars and workshops in Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Australia.