British Council Seminar – NOW! Materials Development and Corpora

Sorry for the late post – had to run!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (GMT)

More than just a worksheet: How to write effective classroom materials

Many teachers produce their own materials, either from necessity or to provide something more

tailored to the needs of their students. However, writing materials for a whole lesson, which really

engage the learners and focus effectively on language, is quite a challenge. Teachers learn through

experience, but are rarely given much support or training in this area.

Corpora in the classroom without scaring the students

Corpora have a central role to play in our understanding of language. Over the last three decades

we have seen corpus-based approaches take off in many areas of linguistics. They are valuable for

language learning and teaching, as has been shown in relation to the preparation of learners’

dictionaries and teaching materials. Some language teachers have used them directly with students,

but while there have been some successes, ‘corpora in the classroom’ have not taken off as corpora

in other areas of linguistics have. Most attempts to use corpora in the classroom have been through

showing learners concordances. The problem with this is that most concordances are too difficult for

most language learners and as a result they are scared off. However corpora can be used in the

classroom in a number of other ways that are not based around (or do not look like) concordances.

Programme (approx.)

1730 – 1800 Welcome and refreshments

1800 – 1855 More than just a worksheet: How to write effective classroom materials

with Rachael Roberts (live stream begins)

1855 – 1905 Comfort break and refreshments

1905 – 2000 Corpora in the classroom without scaring the students

with Adam Kilgarriff

2000 – 2030 Networking reception (live stream ends)

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-focus-on-materials-development-rachael-roberts-and-adam-kilgarriff-belfast-uk-tickets-8056229399

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