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Speaker: Paula Tavares Pinto, Lecturer at the São Paulo State University, Unesp Brazil

Paula has a Bachelor's degree in Translation and in Languages and Arts. She also holds a Master´s and a Ph.D degree in Applied Linguísticos. She developed part of her Ph.D studies at The University of Manchester, UK, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Surrey, UK. She was the general coordinator of the program Language Without Borders (Ministry of Education-MEC) and, nowadays, coordinates the program of English Teaching Assistants (ETAs-Fulbright/Capes) at UNESP. As a member of the Graduate Program of Linguistics, her research areas are: Translation Studies, Terminology, Corpus Linguistics, Teacher Training Programs and English for Specific and Academic Purposes.

Title: Bringing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Data-Driven Learning to class

Abstract: The United Nations 2030 Agenda was set in 2015 with the aim of achieving a better and more sustainable future for the whole planet. In order to achieve this aim, 17 interconnected sustainable development goals (SDGs) were proposed by the UN members to “address the global challenges human beings face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice”. All sectors of society have been mobilized in three levels: global action, local action and people action, in which the academia and stakeholders are included, with the aim of generating an “unstoppable movement pushing for the required transformations”. Although the SDGs have been widely publicized, there are still many people are not aware of these goals and how they have been dealt with in their own countries. In order to address this gap we will discuss how Data-Driven Learning (Johns, 1986; Scott, 2010) can be used as a rich approach to teach content and language in thematic classes. By using this approach, teachers will be able to elaborate "hands-on" and "hands-off" activities (Boulton, 2010; Frankenberg, 2012, 2016, 2021; Crosthwaite et al. 2021) to secondary students. At the same time, in Higher Education, undergraduate students will be able to observe how the theme has been discussed in research papers and which collocational and colligational patterns can be learned by corpus exploration and online tools (Charles, 2012; Pinto, 2018; Carvalho et. al., 2021). We hope this presentation can inspire English as a second language teachers and researchers to bring an active and autonomous corpus-based approach to class.

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)