COMPILING AND USING LEARNER CORPORA TO TEACH AND ASSESS PRODUCTIVE AND INTERACTIVE SKILLS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL

Learner Corpora 2013

May 16-17, 2013

Sala delle Edicole
Piazza Capitaniato - Padova

TOPIC

Research involving the compilation and analysis of learner corpora, that is electronic collections of authentic Foreign/Second Language textual data (Granger 2002), is now widespread. Such research has been conducted with a wide variety of aims, for example, so as to target needs of specific groups of language learners and evaluate their performances more precisely. Yet various theoretical and methodological aspects of this recent brand of research still need to be investigated, especially in view of the successful application of the findings to the target contexts. The conference aims to provide a forum for the discussion of issues related to the use of learner corpora, thus giving researchers and practitioners the opportunity to share their experiences of using learner corpora and to explore the language produced by their learners and the research they have conducted on them. The case studies and the research findings presented during the conference may be based on either written or spoken learner data which have been elicited by means of productive or interactive tasks in university contexts. Priority will be given to English as a foreign language, but proposals for contributions on other foreign languages are also welcome.

 

The topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

 

  • - Learner corpora and language teaching;
  • - Learner corpora and language testing;
  • - Spoken learner corpora and the evaluation of interactive skills;
  • - Learner corpus data and the CEFR descriptors;
  • - Learner corpora and the development of Self-Access Courseware; 
  • - Computer-Mediated-Communication (CMC) and language teaching and assessment.

    INVITED SPEAKERS

    Marcus Callies (University of Bremen, Germany)
    Maria Belén Díez-Bedmar (University of Jaén, Spain)

    Organising committee

    Erik Castello (University of Padua)
    Francesca Coccetta (University Cà Foscari of Venice)
    Silvia Samiolo (University of Padua)
    Marta Guarda (University of Padua)

    Scientific committee

    Erik Castello (University of Padua)
    Francesca Coccetta (University Cà Foscari of Venice)
    Silvia Samiolo (University of Padua)
    Katherine Ackerley (University of Padua)
    Marta Guarda (University of Padua)
    Gillian Davies (University of Padua)
    Marcus Callies (University of Bremen, Germany)
    Maria Belén Díez-Bedmar (University of Jaén, Spain)

    Important dates

    Deadline for abstract submission: 14th January 2013.
    Notification of acceptance: 24th February 2013.
    Registration begins & programme published: March 2013.