International Symposium on Computer Learner Corpora, Second Language
Acquisition and Foreign Language Teaching
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
14-16 December, 1998
Symposium organizers: J. Hung (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and S.
Granger (Universite Catholique de Louvain)
WHAT ARE COMPUTER LEARNER CORPORA AND WHY ARE THEY USEFUL?
Computer learner corpora are electronic collections of spoken or written
texts produced by foreign language learners in a whole variety of language
settings. Once computerized, this data can be analyzed with linguistic
software tools, from simple ones, which search, count and display, to the
most advanced ones, which provide sophisticated syntactic and/or semantic
analysis of the data. This type of large-scale corpus analysis can bring
many interesting insights to SLA theory and has numerous promising
applications for foreign language teaching and learning.
The symposium is intended as a multi-disciplinary forum for discussion and
presentation of research on all aspects of learner corpora, with particular
importance attached to its links with second language acquisition theory
and foreign language teaching.
A SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS!
As a result of the first call for papers, we are already assured of an
exciting and varied programme with contributions covering corpus-based
descriptions of learner grammar, lexis and discourse and approaches to
materials design, classroom methodology and ELT tools (CALL programs,
grammar checkers, etc.) based on analyses of learner corpora. Research is
based on a whole range of learner corpora: learner testing corpus, learner
corpus of interpretation, learner email messages, learner essays, learners
informal speech, learner translations, etc.
We would still be interested in fitting a few more papers into the
programme, specifically those dealing with novel ELT applications,
especially computerized ones. Obviously, software demonstrations would also
be very welcome. So if you have interesting things to say about learner
corpora and ELT/SLA, we would like to hear from you!
Detailed information concerning the symposium is posted on the following
web site: http://www.fltr.ucl.ac.be/FLTR/GERM/ETAN/CECL/cecl.html
Deadlines for the second call for papers
- Submission of preliminary notice of participation (see attached form) and
1 page (A4) abstract: 8 May 1998. Electronic submission as a Word file is
encouraged, but a hard copy should be mailed or faxed to the local organizer
- Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 May 1998
- Submission of extended abstract (c. 1,500 words) to be included in the
symposium proceedings: 30 September 1998.
All enquiries, requests and submissions should be directed to the local
organizer, J. Hung, preferably by email <firstname.lastname@example.org> with an
electronic copy to S. Granger <email@example.com>
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTER LEARNER CORPORA, SECOND LANGUAGE
ACQUISITION AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING
Preliminary notice of participation
() I wish to participate in the International Symposium on computer learner
() I wish to present a paper
() Provisional title: ____________________________________________
() I wish to demonstrate software
Full address: ______________________________________________
Please note that the deadline for submissions is 8 May 1998.
Professor Sylviane Granger
Université Catholique de Louvain
Centre for English Corpus Linguistics
Place Blaise Pascal 1