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Web-based approaches for the modern language classroom
March 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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This workshop will familiarize participants with the use of web-and corpus-based resources in the language classroom, providing extensive and applied examples as well as hands-on activities. The workshop will be run by two of our colleagues from Saarland University in Germany: Stefan Diemer, Associate Professor of English Linguistics and Corpus Linguistics and Marie-Louise Brunner, Professor of English Linguistics.
Participants will explore the use of Google Trends as a visualization tool for vocabulary, language variation and cultural concepts in a wide range of languages (e.g. German, French, Spanish, Turkish, and Arabic). We will present the most useful online language corpora and show applications of word nets, word clouds, memes and concordances in the area of grammar, lexis, dialect and register variation, both for preparation and for teaching. Participants will then work with the corpora, designing classroom activities tailored to their needs. We will also illustrate the use of parallel corpora such as the 24-language European Union database for activity design and translation exercises, and show how, via the Awakening to Languages approach, similarities between various languages can be used to raise students’ language awareness and motivation.
An integral part of the workshop will be the practical exploration and application of the various resources so participants must bring their laptops.