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Speaker: Dr. Peter Crosthwaite, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, The University of Queensland

Peter's areas of research and supervisory expertise include corpus linguistics, the applied use of corpora in the classroom, English for academic and specific purposes, and L2 writing.  He has published 40+ journal articles, mostly in leading Q1 journals, and is the 5th most productive researcher in Scopus-indexed corpus linguistics research in arts and humanities journals worldwide, 2016-2020. He is the section editor for corpus linguistics at Open Linguistics (Scopus) and on the editorial board of Applied Corpus Linguistics, a new disciplinary journal. He is also the lead writer of the ACE101x MOOC on academic English at UQ, and a regular contributor to EUROCALL’s CorpusCALL SIG.  

Title:  DDL is dead? Long live DDL! Studies reviving the field of Data-Driven Learning 

Abstract: 30 years since Tim Johns coined the term ‘data-driven learning’ (DDL) to describe direct engagement with language corpus data (Johns, 1990), DDL has become a popular area of applied linguistics research, spawning several recent syntheses, surveys and meta-analyses into its effectiveness for language learning across a wide range of teaching and learning contexts (e.g. Boulton & Cobb, 2017; Boulton & Vyatkina, 2021, among numerous others). The results of these syntheses have suggested that learner-led corpus consultation leads to empirically-proven benefits for learning under pre/post-test experimental conditions, notably for vocabulary (Lee et al., 2019), English for academic purposes (Chen & Flowerdew, 2018), and L2 writing (Pérez-Paredes, 2019). In a synthesis of these syntheses, O’Keeffe (2020, p. 2) notes each has pointed toward the value of DDL, an “undying enthusiasm” about DDL as an aid to learning, and an “aspiration that [DDL] should become more mainstream.”  

So, if everything is going as well as the syntheses suggest, then why hasn’t DDL yet achieved these grand aspirations? This talk discusses these issues in more detail. While recognising the value of the previous thirty years’ research in getting us where we are today, there is a suspicion that DDL research, zombie-like, is covering well-trod paths rather than breaking substantial new ground. In response, a number of useful DDL studies and initiatives are presented that have the potential to ‘reanimate’ DDL research, concentrating on the last 5 years, and demonstrating the kind of outside-of-the-box thinking required if DDL is to remain a viable pedagogical approach over the next 30 years. 

Time zones: 9pm (Brisbane), 8am (Sao Paulo), 12pm (UK)

About International Perspectives on Corpus Technology for Language Learning - Seminar Series

Given the challenges to language education posed by COVID-19, increasing collaborative development in online pedagogies and resources ensures continuity of language education throughout the pandemic, while preparing students to succeed in an uncertain post-COVID-19 world. This seminar series is a global initiative spanning multiple time zones, with participants from Brazil, the UK, the USA, France, Poland and Australia, discussing the latest applications of language corpora for (language) learning. Topics include the use of corpora for language education, corpus pragmatics, text analytics for classroom use, data-driven learning, and much more, with a range of famous international speakers.

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The seminars will take place in the following time zones: 9pm (Brisbane), 8am (Sao Paulo), 11am (UK)


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