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LINGUIST List 23.5201

Wed Dec 12 2012

Calls: Text/Corpus Linguistics, Applied Linguistics/Italy

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 11-Dec-2012
From: Erik Castello <erik.castellounipd.it>
Subject: Compiling and Using Learner Corpora to Teach and Assess Productive and Interactive Skills in Foreign Languages at University Level
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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

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

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 14-Jan-2013

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.castellounipd.it.

Registration:

Conference fees for participants: 40 Euros
Students and staff at the University of Padua: free

Call for Papers:

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

Priority will be given to English as a foreign language, but proposals for contributions on other foreign languages are also welcome.

Presenters are allocated 30 minutes: 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

The language of the conference is English.

Abstracts:

Please send your abstract (in English) as an RTF attachment to learnerc.pd2013gmail.com before 14 January 2013. In the Subject heading, please write ‘Learner Corpora, Teaching and Assessment conference - abstract’ and in the email please specify your name and affiliation. The abstracts should be no more than 500 words (including references). Acceptance will be notified by 24 February 2013.

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 Diez-Bedmar (University of Jaén, Spain)

Important Dates:

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

Proceedings:

Accepted papers will subsequently be published in a volume based on the conference. Precise information about the submission of the papers will be provided during the conference.



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