Prizing Open and Enhancing Research Corpora for Language Teaching


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  • Prizing Open and Enhancing Research Corpora for Language Teaching

    1. 1. Prizing Open and Enhancing Research Corpora for Language Teaching Alannah Fitzgerald
    2. 2. Overview• Prizing open research corpora with OER for EAP/ELT – FLAX collections with the BNC, BAWE, Wikimedia, Google N- grams – Higher Ed. podcast corpora (OER audio/video + transcripts)• Beyond the textbook and the dictionary – More powerful = more examples of language in use across a range of linked authentic language contexts – More user-friendly than the standard concordancer interface – More OER for learners and teachers • Independent study resources • Pathways for building OER collections• New audiences – linking formal and informal learning – TTV, BALEAP, IATEFL, OERu
    3. 3. Linked resources = super resources
    4. 4. FLAX – Flexible Language Acquisition Flexible Language Acquisition library
    5. 5. BNC/BAWE
    6. 6. Beyond the textbook and the dictionary
    7. 7. Learning Collocations collection in FLAX FLAX team collections building:Shaoqun Wu, Ian Witten, Margaret Franken, Xiaofeng Yu – Waikato University
    8. 8. Wikipedia mining tools(1) extracting collocations from Wikipediaarticles for the "related collocations” section ofthe Learning Collocations collection.(2) using a Wikipedia server running at theUniversity of Waikato’s Computer ScienceDepartment to retrieve definitions and relatedtopics for each query term.
    9. 9. When a user issues a query, e.g. “economic bubble”, FLAX is doing the following: (1) Grouping collocation types e.g. noun + noun from the selected corpus (BNC, BAWE, Wikipedia)
    10. 10. (2) If the query term, e.g. “economic bubble" matches an article in Wikipedia,collocations of that article are presented as related collocations, grouped by thekeywords of that article. The keywords are ranked using their term frequency–inverse document frequency (TF-IDF) scores.
    11. 11. (3) Retrieves the definition of the query term (normally, the first sentence of thematched article (e.g. the ”economic bubble" article) from the Wikipedia server.
    12. 12. (4) Retrieve related articles for the ”economic bubble” from the Wikipedia serverand present as ‘related topics’.
    13. 13. The BAWE text sub collections
    14. 14. Wikify key words & phrases
    15. 15. Creative commons podcast contentWhat can you do with this? 15
    16. 16. Linking open tools and open pods http:// 16
    17. 17. Creative Commons Licensing Suite 17
    18. 18. What are OER?OER Commons:“Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.” resources
    19. 19.
    20. 20. iTunesU OER Success FactorsAttractive to Usable Useful Used SustainablecontributorsProfile ✔ User Quality Download Over 800 Experience ✔ material ✔ numbers ✔ universities ✔‘Apple gloss’ Search Consistency Teachers ✔ Apple ✔✔ function ✔ ✔International Apple mobile Copyright Personal ✔ Benefit toreach ✔ ✔ ✗ ✔− contributors/i nstitution ✔ Linux, Feedback Not very Android ✗ ✗✔ repurposable ✗✔ Discoverability Community ✗ ✗✔
    21. 21. It’s all in the downloads University Downloads Open University, UK Over 34 million since June 2008 University of Oxford Over 9 million since June 2008 Coventry University 2.5 million in 2010 alone University of Warwick 1 million Jan ‘09 – June ‘10
    22. 22. BALEAPArguably, competencies with resources cut across the whole of the TEAP framework. 22
    23. 23. Publisher priority: black ‘n’ white teachers’ books
    24. 24. Publisher Priority: overreliance on textbooksEAP vs ESAPAWL vs AVLs• Going back to the source with open corpus-based resources and projects• Keeping up with tools and trends from the research
    25. 25. Beyond audience boundariesRussell Stannard - Teacher Training Videos
    26. 26. OERu – open and distance education
    27. 27. Widening audience participation
    28. 28. Open Content, Practices, Communities
    29. 29. Thank you Email:;Blog: Technology for Open English – Toying with Open E-resources Twitter: @AlannahFitz Slideshare: