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Speaker: Dr Vander Viana, Associate Professor in Education, University of East Anglia

Vander coordinates all the Master’s courses in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning and is the Course Director of the Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  Some of his research interests are in Corpus Linguistics, TESOL, and English Language Teacher Education.  He is the founder/leader of the Language in Education Research Group, and is the Principal Investigator of two funded projects: “Gender-ing ELT” and the “LIT Educational Hub”.  He is the lead author of Corpus Linguistics for English for Academic Purposes, which is to be out in 2022. 

Title: The interface between Corpus Linguistics and English for Academic Purposes: What, how and why? 

Abstract: Corpus Linguistics (CL) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) have developed and matured considerably in the past decades.  CL research has been greatly facilitated by the popularization of technology: nowadays anyone with a smartphone connected to the Internet can investigate large collections of texts in a few seconds.  EAP, on the other hand, has expanded considerably due to, for instance, the increase of university students in English-speaking countries and the rising numbers of academic courses being offered through the medium of English worldwide. 

In this presentation, I will explore the interface between CL and EAP with a view to raising students’, practitioners’, and researchers’ awareness of the existing synergies between these two areas.  I will start by discussing what type of EAP investigations can benefit from a CL approach and how these investigations may be conducted.  In so doing, I will draw on existing corpora and resources which are freely available, and I will also indicate the corpora that students, practitioners and researchers can compile themselves.  I will end the presentation with a critical perspective on the CL-EAP interface.  I will discuss why this interface is worthwhile exploring and how enlightening it can be, but I will also point out when the CL-EAP combination is unlikely to be the most useful option.

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)