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Speaker: Dr Reka R. Jablonkai, award-winning Assistant Professor in Education and Applied Linguistics at the University of Bath, UK.

Her research interests include corpus-based discourse analysis, corpora in language teaching, and multilingual educational contexts. She is the lead editor of The Routledge Handbook of Corpora and English Language Teaching and Learning (2022, in press). She is Chair of the CorpusCALL SIG of EuroCALL. Her research projects were funded by BAICE and the British Council. Her work is published in journals such as English for Specific Purposes and ESP Today. She worked as teacher trainer and visiting scholar in various contexts in Italy, Germany and Turkey. 

Title: Transforming language teaching with corpora – Bridging research and practice 

Abstract: Recognising the potential of corpora for language teaching and learning, researchers anticipated a transformative change (Leech, 1997), professing a corpus revolution (e.g. Conrad, 2000) that can potentially transform language education. Over the last three decades, three main approaches have developed based on the extent that learners have direct access to the actual corpus data: (1) corpus-informed teaching, (2) integrated corpus-supported teaching and learning, and (3) self-directed data-driven learning (DDL). However, there still seems to be a gap between corpus research and teaching practices using corpora (Chambers, 2019). 

In this presentation, I will demonstrate each of the three approaches by drawing on case studies in the field of corpus-based ESP. In addition, I will examine the potential reasons behind the research – teaching gap. I will argue that there are important lessons to be learnt from CALL and TEL research (e.g. Hubbard, 2013), especially when it comes to course design and learners’ preparation for corpus consultation and self-directed DDL (Jablonkai & Cebron, 2021; Pérez-Paredes; 2019). Based on a review of research, guiding principles for course design and DDL task design will be proposed. 

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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