Adriana Biedroń received her doctoral and postdoctoral degrees in applied linguistics from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She is Professor in English Philology Department at the Pomeranian Academy in Słupsk. Her research focuses on individual differences in SLA, in particular, foreign language aptitude and cognitive and personality factors in gifted L2 learners.

 

Statement
One of the biggest challenges in foreign language teaching is foreign language aptitude diversity. This problem is related to developing abilities of gifted students as well as increasing the potential of those less talented. This presentation will discuss the following problems related to language aptitude trainability in children: heritability of language aptitude versus environmental influences, the relationship between cognitive abilities and bilingualism in children, trainability of language aptitudes and working memory and neurological evidence for/against aptitude development.