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.
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)