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In DDL effects-oriented research we look at whether and how “using the tools and techniques of corpus linguistics for pedagogical purposes” (Granger & Gilquin, 2010, p. 359) produces beneficial effects on language learning outcomes. We do so by collecting empirical data that can inform us on the nature of such outcomes, in relation to specific learning aims defined in terms of language domain (language for general purposes vs. language for specific purposes), language skill (listening, speaking, writing, reading, translating), and/or language aspect (vocabulary, grammar, lexicogrammar, discourse) (Mizumoto & Chujo, 2015; Boulton & Cobb, 2017; Lee et al., 2018). 

But what does SLA research tell us about actual language learning challenges in these areas and how can DDL address such challenges, and thus fulfill its potential to reach “the parts other teaching can’t reach” (Boulton, 2008)? 

This talk will explore the connections between SLA evidence and DDL research design. It will show how researching DDL effects may be based on SLA-informed research questions reflecting both the specific features that distinguish DDL from other teaching approaches and the specific characteristics of the learning aims involved in DDL activities. To this end, a study design focused on phraseological competence development through DDL, in the context of L2 Italian learning, will be presented and discussed.  

About the presenter

Luciana Forti is a researcher and lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University for Foreigners of Perugia, Italy. Her main research interests include second language acquisition, corpus linguistics and lexicology, with a specific focus on data-driven learning and phraseology. She teaches second language acquisition theories and research methods. Her monograph entitled Corpus Use in Italian Language Pedagogy: Exploring the Effects of Data-driven learning (Routledge) is due out in March 2023.  

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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