Quantitative language research:

Exploring the potential of Corpus Linguistics in Education

Events

“Quantitative language research: Exploring the potential of Corpus Linguistics in Education” was a blended capacity-building initiative which consisted of three events at the University of Stirling and a series of related online activities through the project blog. The initiative showcased how participants can apply quantitative skills to the teaching and learning of languages for both general and specific purposes. Although the events focused on English (i.e. the only shared language among participants), the knowledge is transferrable to other languages that the participants might know and/or wish to explore.

The initiative was aimed at teachers, Master’s and Doctoral students and early-career researchers who wished to develop their language and quantitative skills. No prior knowledge of Corpus Linguistics was assumed from the participants. Everyone who had a keen interest in learning more about the application of Corpus Linguistics in Education was more than welcome to apply.

Given the British Academy support to this initiative, this was an entirely free initiative.  Registration was accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and preference was given to those who could attend all the three face-to-face sessions and were willing to participate in the project blog before/after the events.

Date: 17 June 2016 (Friday)

Theme: Language Teaching/Learning and Corpus Linguistics: A symbiotic relationship
Venue: Iris Murdoch Building, University of Stirling (info on how to get to the University)

Storify: See the tweets on the event here

Schedule:
09:00/09:20 – Registration
09:20/10:20 – Welcome & Introductory activity
10:20/11:35 – What is Language Teaching/Learning? (Prof. Fiona Copland, University of Stirling)
11:35/12:00 – Coffee break
12:00/13:15 – What is Corpus Linguistics? (Dr. Vander Viana, University of Stirling)
13:15/14:15 – Lunch
14:15/15:30 – What statistical knowledge do we need in Corpus Linguistics? (Dr. Vaclav Brezina, Lancaster University)
15:30/16:00 – Coffee break
16:00/17:15 – What has been done in Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching/Learning? (Prof. Ronald Carter, University of Nottingham)
17:15/18:00 – Networking reception

Date: 09 September 2016 (Friday)

Theme: Researching, teaching and learning English language (EL): Perspectives from Corpus Linguistics (CL)
Venue: Iris Murdoch BuildingUniversity of Stirling (info on how to get to the University)

Storify: See the tweets on the event here

Schedule:
09:00/09:20 – Registration & welcome coffee
09:20/09:50 – Introductory activity
09:50/11:05 – EL & CL: What do we know from research? (Prof. Guy Aston, University of Bologna)
11:05/11:30 – Coffee break
11:30/12:45 – EL & CL: How has pedagogy changed? (Dr. Ute Römer, Georgia State University)
12:45/13:45 – Lunch
13:45/15:30 – EL & CL: What can be done? (Dr. Brona Murphy, University of Edinburgh)
15:30/16:00 – Coffee break
16:00/17:15 – EL & CL: What do we learn by reflecting on practice? (Dr. Fiona Farr, University of Limerick)
17:15/18:00 – Networking reception

Date: 09 December 2016 (Friday)

Theme: Researching, teaching and learning English for academic purposes (EAP): Perspectives from Corpus Linguistics (CL)
Venue: Iris Murdoch BuildingUniversity of Stirling (info on how to get to the University)

Storify: See the tweets on the event here

Schedule:
09:00/09:20 – Registration & coffee
09:20/09:30 – Welcome
09:30/10:45 – EAP & CL: What do we know from research? (Prof. Marina Bondi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
10:45/11:10 – Coffee break
11:10/12:25 – EAP & CL: How has pedagogy changed? (Dr. Paul Thompson, University of Birmingham)
12:25/13:25 – Lunch
13:30/14:45 – EAP & CL: What can be done? (Dr. Aisling O’Boyle, Queen’s University Belfast)
14:50/15:20 – Coffee break
15:20/16:35 – EAP & CL: What do we learn by reflecting on practice? (Dr. Maggie Charles, University of Oxford)
16:35/17:15 – Wrap-up activity
17:15/18:00 – Networking reception

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