Compiling and Using Learner Corpora to Teach and Assess Productive and Interactive Skills in Foreign Languages at University Level

Compiling and Using Learner Corpora to Teach and Assess Productive and Interactive Skills in Foreign Languages at University Level

University of Padua, Italy, May 16-17, 2013

http://www.maldura.unipd.it/DISLL/appuntamenti/convegni/lcpd2013/

CALL FOR PAPERS

Research involving the compilation and analysis of learner corpora, that is electronic collections of authentic Foreign/Second Language textual data (Granger 2002), is now widespread. Such research has been conducted with a wide variety of aims, for example, so as to target needs of specific groups of language learners and evaluate their performances more precisely. Yet various theoretical and methodological aspects of this recent brand of research still need to be investigated, especially in view of the successful application of the findings to the target contexts.

The conference aims to provide a forum for the discussion of issues related to the use of learner corpora, thus giving researchers and practitioners the opportunity to share their experiences of using learner corpora and to explore the language produced by their learners and the research they have conducted on them. The case studies and the research findings presented during the conference may be based on either written or spoken learner data which have been elicited by means of productive or interactive tasks in university contexts. Priority will be given to English as a foreign language, but proposals for contributions on other foreign languages are also welcome.
The topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Learner corpora and language teaching;
  • Learner corpora and language testing;
  • Spoken learner corpora and the evaluation of interactive skills;
  • Learner corpus data and the CEFR descriptors;
  • Learner corpora and the development of Self-Access Courseware;
  • Computer-Mediated-Communication (CMC) and language teaching and assessment.

Presenters are allocated 30 minutes: 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.
The language of the conference is English.
Invited speakers
Marcus Callies (University of Bremen, Germany)
Maria Belén Díez-Bedmar (University of Jaén,Spain)

Abstracts

Please send your abstract (in English) as an RTF attachment to  <learnerc.pd2013@gmail.com> before 14th January 2013.

In the Subject heading, please write “Learner Corpora, Teaching and Assessment conference – abstract” and in the e-mail please specify your name and affiliation. The abstracts should be no more than 500 words (including references). Acceptance will be notified by 24th February 2013.

 

Organising committee
Erik Castello (University of Padua)
Francesca Coccetta (University Cà  Foscari of Venice)
Silvia Samiolo (University ofPadua)

Marta Guarda (Universityof Padua)

Scientific committee

Erik Castello (Universityof Padua)
Francesca Coccetta (University Cà  Foscari of Venice)
Silvia Samiolo (University ofPadua)

Katherine Ackerley (UniversityofPadua)

Marta Guarda (UniversityofPadua)

Gillian Davies (UniversityofPadua)

Marcus Callies (University of Bremen, Germany)
Maria Belén Diez-Bedmar (University of Jaén,Spain)
Important dates
Deadline for abstract submission: 14th January 2013.
Notification of acceptance: 24th February 2013.

Registration begins & programme published: March 2013.
For further information please contact erik.castello@unipd.it.
Proceedings: Accepted papers will subsequently be published in a volume based on the conference. Precise information about the submission of the papers will be provided during the conference.

Registration

Conference fees for participants: 40 €

Students and staff at theUniversityofPadua: free
IMPORTANT DATES
Call for papers: end of October 2012
Deadline for abstract submission: 14th January 2013 (Abstract in English)
Notification of acceptance: 24th February 2013.

Registration: from March 2013
Conference: May 16-17, 2013