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3/2/2004 Learning strategies topic of faculty lecture

McMINNVILLE ? Violeta Ramsay, associate professor of Spanish at Linfield College, will speak on "Inefficient Learners" as part of the Linfield faculty lecture series Wednesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Ramsay, a member of the Linfield faculty since 1990, will discuss effective learning strategies. According to Ramsay, learning a second language can be a smooth process when learners are given either carefully planned instruction and/or opportunities to use the language. Many learners, however, need additional guidance and still don?t show steady progress. Some among those never reach even the most basic stages in the process, even if they are given individual support.

"They try hard to do their best, yet these learners remain at linguistic levels that are unproductive, ineffective and frustrating," she said.

Ramsay will discuss what research on second language acquisition has done on the study of learning styles and learning problems. She will also address ways to overcome these problems.

Ramsay?s interest in learning strategies began when she was a graduate student of theoretical linguistics at the University of Oregon. Since that time, she has met inefficient and efficient language learners in various settings, both outside of Linfield as well as in her courses there. She is in the last stages of writing a cultural reader and Spanish textbook that incorporates learning strategies designed to help create efficient learners.

Ramsay holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.