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Speaker:  Dr Anne O’Keeffe is Senior Lecturer at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Her publications include Cambridge University Press titles: From Corpus to Classroom (2007), English Grammar Today (2011) and Routledge titles: Introducing Pragmatics in Use 1st and 2nd ed (2020). She is co-editor of the recent Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics, 2nd ed (with Prof. Michael McCarthy). Along with Geraldine Mark, she created the English Grammar Profile (online corpus-based database of grammar competencies). Currently, she is co-Principal Investigator of the IRC-AHRC funded Interactional variation online project (with Dr Dawn Knight).  She is editor two Routledge book series: The Routledge Corpus Linguistics Guides and The Routledge Applied Corpus Linguistics.   

Title: Data-driven learning and second language acquisition – it’s time to connect.

Abstract: Research tells us that data-driven learning (DDL) carries pedagogical merit, especially for learners who are at intermediate level and upwards (Boulton 2021; Boulton and Cobb 2017). 

However, very little research addresses why engaging with repeated patterns of language on a screen might be beneficial from the perspective of second language acquisition (SLA). This webinar focuses on the need to make more links between DDL and SLA and makes the case for the importance of the Usage-Based model of acquisition (Ellis 2012; Pérez-Paredes et al. 2020) which holds that in the process of (first and second) language acquisition, the learner attends to frequently used form-meaning pairings that they experience and these become ‘entrenched as grammatical knowledge in the speaker’s mind’ (Ellis & Ferreira-Junior, 2009: 188). It will be argued that by understanding better the theoretical rationale for DDL, we can better pinpoint what works and what does not across levels of competence. From a Usage-Based viewpoint, it will be argued that for DDL to work at lower levels, there is a need for 1) greater teacher mediation through principled curation, and 2) a richer multi-modal interface and context for learning (O’Keeffe 2021a, 2021b). 

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)