Date: April 17, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Online

Shelley Staples, Valentina Vinokurova, and Mariana Centanin-Bertho, The University of Arizona

 

They will be presenting on their Multilingual Academic Corpus of Assignments – Writing & Speech (MACAWS) CERCLL project! You can find details about the MACAWS resources here: https://cercll.arizona.edu/blog/macaws/.

 

The webinar takes place on April 17, 2024, at 1pm Arizona time, 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern, UTC-7. See what time that is where you are, here: https://tinyurl.com/3z8e7cam

Registration is free! Register here: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hTRk8q87RbWWw_NbZzmzNw

This webinar is the fourth session of the 2024 CALPER Professional Development Webinar Series: Advances in World Language Pedagogy; CERCLL is a cosponsor of this one event in the series. Like CERCLL, the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at Pennsylvania State University is one of 16 federally funded Language Resource Centers. Their website is: https://calper.la.psu.edu/.

Abstract:

Language corpora can be successfully used for creating pedagogical materials in various contexts and languages. However, engaging with texts from native-speaker corpora can be daunting for language learners. Learner corpora, corpora built from learner texts, can help fill the gap by providing level-appropriate materials. In addition, using learner language helps validate learner language as a legitimate variety.   

This workshop will introduce the Multilingual Academic Corpus of Assignments – Writing and Speech, an open source learner corpus of Russian and Portuguese. Participants will be introduced to the benefits of using corpora in the language classroom, learn to navigate the MACAWS interface, gain access to existing corpus materials, and brainstorm how they can use our materials or create their own corpus-based activities. While the workshop focuses on teaching Russian and Portuguese, participants will gain insight for the teaching of other languages using a learner corpus approach. 

Bios:

Shelley Staples is Associate Professor of English and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on the use of corpus-based discourse analysis to investigate language use across spoken and written contexts. Her research aims to inform language teaching and assessment, particularly in the areas of English for Academic and Specific Purposes (EAP/ESP. Her current projects focus on academic writing and health care communication. 

Valentina Vinokurova is a PhD candidate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona. She specializes in Russian language teaching. Her research focuses on technology-enhanced language learning, multiliteracies and content-based instruction, and learner identity.  

Mariana Centanin-Bertho is a PhD candidate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on the acquisition of L2/L3 Portuguese and phonological acquisition with usage-based data. She is also an instructor of Portuguese and researches the creation and implementation of corpus-based materials in language classrooms.