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Full Title: Compiling and Using Learner Corpora to Teach and Assess Productive and Interactive Skills in Foreign Languages at University Level

      
Location: Padua, Italy
Start Date: 16-May-2013 - 17-May-2013
Contact: Erik Castello
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.maldura.unipd.it/DISLL/appuntamenti/convegni/lcpd2013/
Meeting Description: 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.

Invited Speakers:

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

For further information, please contact erik.castello@unipd.it.

Registration:

Conference fees for participants: 40 Euros
Students and staff at the University of Padua: free
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: None
LL Issue: 23.5201


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