34th Hawai‘i Association of Language Teachers (HALT)

Spring Conference

“Rise HI: Elevating Multilingualism & Multiculturalism”

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Virtual Conference


Myths and Facts in Language Acquisition and Multilingualism

Dr. Bill VanPatten

Teachers, students, parents, administrators, and laypeople operate under a number of assumptions and ideas about language acquisition and multilingualism. In addition, there are teacher education specialists and other professionals who operate under some of the same assumptions and ideas. But are these assumptions and ideas “facts”? What does the research suggest or indicate? In this presentation, we will examine some of the most common of these ideas in an attempt to separate myth from fact.

Bill VanPatten (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is an award-winning international scholar and teacher in the field of second language research, having published eight books, eight edited volumes, and almost 200 articles and book chapters. He is also well known for his language teaching materials in Spanish and French. Currently, he is writing fiction full time and performing in his Farewell Tour, a one-man show


Registration is currently open. Registration deadline: April 30

Important notes:

  1. We have discontinued the HALT conference non-member professional rate. If you are not a HALT member or your previous HALT membership has lapsed, you must join or renew via our online Membership form **BEFORE** proceeding with your conference registration.
  2. If you are unsure of your HALT membership status, please send an email to us to inquire.
  3. Cancelation policy: If you need to cancel your registration, please send an email to us no later than April 30, and we will refund your money, minus a small administrative fee. There are no refunds for conference no-shows.
  4. If your school wishes to pay for a group of teachers via check or PO and needs an invoice, please send an email to us with the following information (teacher full name, institution, language taught, email address). Also let us know if each person is a current HALT member (or needs to sign up).