The one with video links

As I live in the modern day of technology, I have encountered many online videos on SLA, linguistics, and psychology that were of interests to me (and potentially yours).  Here I share some of my favorites:

  • Statistical crisis in science and how to move forward by Andrew Gelman – This is what they call “University Lecture” at Columbia University where they annually invite their most prominent scholars on campus to hear their brilliant thoughts on their subjective matters. This particular one is one of my favorite lectures on statistical data analysis by Dr. Andrew Gelman, known for his great work in applied statistics, especially Bayesian data analysis.

  • Applying Cognitive science principles by Sean HK Kang – I took my first cognitive/educational psychology class from Dr. Sean Kang at Dartmouth College. This talk is on applying cognitive psychology to education, especially on learning and memory. A collection of similar work in L2 contexts has been recently published as a special issue in the Modern Language Journal edited by Suzuki, Nakata, and DeKeyser (2019). 

  • The uncanny science of linguistic reconstruction by Timothy Pulju – this is by my linguistics professor at Dartmouth, Dr. Timothy Pulju. His lecture on the history of English language was what made me interested in historical linguistics and he was just fantastically charming person too. 

  • The ‘critical period’ debate: Past, present, and future – Robert DeKeyser – This is by my MA advisor, Dr. Robert DeKeyser. The lecture is a critical review of the literature on the famous “the critical period” in SLA and how we should go about to investigate it conceptually, methodologically, and pedagogically. With no doubt, his model of SLA formed the basis of mine, and you can basically see that everything I say and argue about SLA is a reflection of everything he says and argues. 


  • How the Mind of Works – Steven Pinker – This is by my all-time cognitive psychologist hero, Dr. Steve Pinker. The lecture was based his book, “How The Mind Works, first published in 1997. People always talk about “The Language Instinct” (1994) as his classic, but this one made a particular impression on me when I started my study of cognitive and experimental psychology at Dartmouth College. 

ISLA: Methodological Issues and Some Major Research Questions by Michael Long – This is by one of mentors from University of Maryland, Dr. Michael Long. His 1988 chapter in Beebe (Ed.) was what got me interested in SLA and the lecture was his plenary in Second Language Research Forum 2016 at Teachers College, Colombia University. 

Space Time [General Relativity] by Discovery Channel – As I am pretty much hopeless in academic areas other than my own, I realized one time that it is such a shame that I didn’t even know what General Theory of Relativity is, even though we quote Albert Einstein quite often. This explains it pretty well with language I could understand.