Date: June 12, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

Webinar presented by: Bruna Sommer-Farias, Adriana Picoral, Shelley Staples, Aleksey Novikov, Mariana Centanin- Bertho (see their bios below).

Please make sure that you have a google account so that you can access the materials and collaborative activities during this webinar.

Participants in this free, live webinar will explore the Multilingual Academic Corpus of Assignments – Writing and Speech (MACAWS), an ongoing project building a corpus of assignments (written texts, spoken discourse, and multimedia products such as blogs) produced by learners in Russian and Portuguese language programs at the University of Arizona. Following the premise that language is highly patterned, participants will learn how to create digital pedagogical materials using interactive Data-driven Learning (iDDL) to inductively guide students to discover language patterns. Participants will be guided through a hands-on experience on how to embed MACAWS searches into their activities and how to integrate iDDL with other available technologies, such as forms, websites, and collaborative boards.

Details about the MACAWS resources and links to the interface are here:

See presentation slides here (PDF).


Dr. Bruna Sommer-Farias is Assistant Professor in the Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching program at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on genre and corpus-based pedagogy, multilingual genre learning, and world language teacher education.

Dr. Adriana Picoral is an Assistant Professor of data science in the University of Arizona’s School of Information, and an affiliated faculty member in the interdisciplinary graduate program of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) also at the University of Arizona. Her research draws from corpus and computational linguistics to shed light on multilingual language use, acquisition, and development.

Dr. Aleksey Novikov is a Ph.D. candidate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona. His academic interests include register variation, L2 Russian syntactic and morphological complexity development, corpus-informed pedagogy, Data-driven Learning (DDL) and Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT).

Mariana Centanin-Bertho is a PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona. She is an instructor of Portuguese at the same institution. Her research interests include phonological acquisition of L2/L3, bilingual speech, learner corpora, and data-driven language learning.

Dr. Shelley Staples is Associate Professor of English Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on corpus-based analysis and pedagogy. Her publications can be found in Journal of English for Academic PurposesEnglish for Specific PurposesApplied LinguisticsModern Language Journal, and TESOL Quarterly.

Registration closes at 5 p.m. on June 11, 2021.
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