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Elen Le Foll.

Speaker: Elen Le Foll, research associate and English education lecturer at Osnabrück University, Germany.

Her primary research interests include applications of corpus linguistics in language learning and teaching, materials development and evaluation, learners’ use of online resources in language learning and the development of teachers’ critical digital competences. Having taught French and English in adult education for many years, she is now a passionate teacher trainer. Her current research project involves the corpus-based analysis of the language of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) textbooks used at lower secondary school level. 

Title: Why we need Open Science and Open Education to bridge the corpus research–practice gap

Abstract: At the turn of the millennium Conrad (2000) predicted that corpora had the potential to revolutionise language teaching and learning. Taking stock two decades later, much remains to be done to bridge the gap between corpus research and language education (Callies 2019; Chambers 2019). 
Although numerous “gap-bridging” initiatives have attempted to remove some of the major stumbling blocks in implementing corpus linguistic research, this talk will focus on two major issues that have, so far, more rarely been addressed in such projects: accessibility and sustainability. Accessibility refers to both materials designers’ and teachers’ access to corpus research and to teaching practitioners’ and learners’ access to suitable corpora and corpus tools. It further covers both the physical availability of resources (i.e., the lack of paywalls or subscription fees) and their intelligibility and usefulness for non-academic audiences. Given that many “gap-bridging” activities are the fruit of short-term research-practice projects, sustainability also involves the careful evaluation of the long-term impact that these projects and their outputs can be expected to have. 
It will be argued that Open Science and Open Education practices are critical to addressing these issues and ensuring that applied corpus linguistic research can genuinely reach its potential in all language learning contexts. Various projects demonstrating how Open Science and Open Education can be implemented will be showcased – among them a project led by the speaker as part of which pre-service English teachers co-created the Open Educational Resource (OER): “Creating Corpus-Informed Materials for the English as a Foreign Language Classroom: A step-by-step guide for teachers using online resources” (Le Foll 2021;

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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