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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

University Language Teaching in the Online Format: A Workshop on the Use of Online Corpora in Language Teaching and Translation

18th April 2018, 09:30 to 13:30, ER223, Elvet Riverside 2, Durham University

The workshop is entitled University Language Teaching in the Online Format: A Workshop on the Use of Online Corpora in Language Teaching and Translation and it is devoted to the use of online corpora and other Internet-based technologies in language teaching.

The event will run in the format of a series of interactive, “hands-on” sessions, with a brief introduction of a corpus or another online resource followed by practical exercises that each of you can complete in your own languages. The first and the last sessions are not language-specific and thus could be of interest to tutors if all languages. The two sessions by Anne Buckley would be more relevant to the teachers of German and Italian respectively. I have booked ER223 and A30 where you can use the computers, however, may I ask you to bring your own ipads or laptops (if available) as a backup and in case the number of the participants exceeds the number of the classroom computers?

The programme of the workshop is as follows:

9:30-10:30 ER223 Introduction to Intelli Text and its practical implementation in language teaching (Dr James Wilson, Russian and Slavonic Studies, University of Leeds). The session is not language-specific.

10:30 – 11:00 A30 The use of Intelli Text in teaching German (Dr Anne Buckley (Centre for Translation Studies, University of Leeds).

11:00-11:30 Coffee break (Elvet Riverside foyer (we will join the rest of the conference participants for this session)

11:30-12:00 A30 The use of Intelli Text in teaching Italian (Dr Anne Buckley (Centre for Translation Studies, University of Leeds).

12:00 – 13:00 ER 223 The notion and practice of Personal Learning Environment (Dr Cecilia Goria, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Nottingham). The session is not language-specific.

13:00-13:30 Discussion, Q&A

A few words about our invited speakers:

Dr James Wilson is a Lecturer in Russian and Language Studies at the University of Leeds. His main research interests are variationist sociolinguistics and dialectology (with the main focus on Czech), and corpus-based language pedagogy. James has been a member of research team working on the compilation of a multilingual corpus developed at the Centre for Translation Studies of the University of Leeds. He has multiple publications on corpus-based approach to language teaching.

Dr Anne Buckley is a Lecturer in Translation Studies, German and English for Specific Purposes at the University of Leeds. She is currently conducting a project Kriegsgefangen in Skipton (‘Prisoners of war in Skipton’) in which her research team is translating the memoires of a group of German officers imprisoned in Skipton in WWI. Her main research interests lay in translation studies and the use of corpora in translation and language learning.

Dr Cecilia Goria is an Associate Professor at the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies. Her main areas of expertise are General and Italian Linguistics, Computer Assisted Language Learning and Virtual World. Cecilia has conducted multiple projects in e-learning. Her current research is focused on the use of multi-media materials for language teaching and on the compilation of e-portfolios for language students. She looks into the benefits of the latter for students’ progress monitoring during their Year Abroad.

Contact ekaterina.chown@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.