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Speaker: Dr. Pascual Pérez-Paredes 

Pascual Pérez-Paredes is a Professor in Applied Linguistics and Linguistics at the University of Murcia. Formerly, he was a Lecturer in Research in Second Language Education at the University of Cambridge. His main research interests are the use of corpus linguistics and technology, corpora and digital resources in language analysis and education, corpus-assisted discourse analysis and language variation.

He has developed an array of applications for language analysis including the adaptation of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) SGML markup for the annotation of pedagogic spoken corpora (SACODEYL and BACKBONE). His most recent books are Corpus Linguistics for education. A guide for research in the Routledge Corpus Linguistics series, and Beyond concordance lines, co-edited with Geraldine Mark in the John Benjamins Studies in Corpus Linguistics series. He is the corpus linguistics strand coordinator for the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) and Assistant Editor of CUP ReCALL journal.

Title: Data-driven learning in informal contexts? 

Abstract: Data-driven learning (DDL) research has paid close attention to understanding the uses of corpora in instructed learning contexts. The meta-analyses carried out by Boulton & Cobb (2017) and Lee, Warschauer & Lee (2018) have cast robust results on the benefits of DDL in instructed language learning.  

Given the methodological challenges involved for researchers, the use of DDL in informal learning contexts has not been widely researched. However, there is potential for, among others, the implementation of customized, individualized DDL through mobile devices (Pérez-Paredes et al., 2019). In this talk, I will explore future developments of DDL research in informal learning contexts. Following the suggestions in O'Keeffe (2021), Pérez-Paredes (2010) and Pérez-Paredes & Mark, (2021), I will discuss how usage-based models of language learning and the use of computational thinking skills (Pérez-Paredes & Zapata-Ros, 2018) can favour the spread of DDL approaches to language learning in self-directed uses of technologies (Traxler, 2018) and online experiential language learning (Godwin-Jones, 2017; 2020). I claim that it is essential that we pursue an analysis of the role of DDL in the broader language learning context (Pérez-Paredes & Mark, 2021) across the school years (Crosthwaite, 2019) and the learning of languages for a variety of purposes during our adult life. 

Time zones: 9pm (Brisbane), 8am (Sao Paulo), 11am (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)