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FLAX Weaving with Oxford Open Educational Resources: Open Practices for English Language Teaching


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Workshop delivered at the e-Learning Symposium on the 25th of January, 2013 with the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies at the University of Southampton.

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FLAX Weaving with Oxford Open Educational Resources: Open Practices for English Language Teaching

  1. 1. FLAX Weaving with Oxford Open Educational ResourcesAlannah Fitzgerald
  2. 2. Overview• Oxford-managed and -created content in FLAX (The Flexible Language Acquisition project) – Research corpora & Teaching podcasts• OpenSpires project at Oxford – Creative commons-licensed content• Building language collections in FLAX with OER – Linking to open linguistic tools and content – Creating interactivity in your collections
  3. 3. Collocation Collocation database database Any other Any other resource resourceDigital LibraryDigital Library Glossary Glossary
  4. 4. Data Driven Learning (DDL)• In DDL, a student has access to a large body of authentic language, from which s/he can extract language items in context. (Boulton, 2011) • The student is a language “research worker” (Johns, 1994).• An A to Z of Technology for EAP (Watson, Professional Issues Meeting at Southampton 2012) • no mention of DDL...
  5. 5. flax.nzdl.orgPowerful yet simple interfaces for DDL
  6. 6. BNC/BAWE
  7. 7. Learning Collocations collection in FLAX FLAX team collections building:Shaoqun Wu, Ian Witten, Margaret Franken, Xiaofeng Yu – Waikato University
  8. 8. Learning Collocations in FLAX: in response to ‘where are the good published collocations resources?’• Research shows that the successful use of collocations in student writing and speaking supports not only improved levels of accuracy but also improved levels of fluency in their use of English (Wray, 2002; Nesselhauf, 2003).• Constraints with published collocations resources – Publication issues = the number and specificity of collocations examples that can be assigned to print and CD-ROM formats.
  9. 9. British Academic Written English corpus: browse by genre or discipline
  10. 10. The BAWE collections in FLAX: moving away from mutt genres with digitally enhanced and authentic genres• “ ‘mutt genres’—genres that do not respond to rhetorical situations requiring communication in order to accomplish a purpose that is meaningful to the author” (Wardell, 2009).• “Unsurprisingly, the utility of the corpus is increased when it has been annotated, making it no longer a body of text where linguistic information is implicitly present, but one which may be considered a repository of linguistic information.” (ICT4LT, Module 3.4 Corpus Linguistics
  11. 11. BAWE sub corpus wordlists
  12. 12. The BAWE sub corpus text collections: POS-tagging phrases
  13. 13. Search and store collocations
  14. 14. Retrieve and save collocations
  15. 15. Collocational links to further resources
  16. 16. Wikify key words & phrases
  17. 17. Word lists:general, academic, specific, key
  18. 18. How could you use the FLAXcollections in your teaching andlearning?
  19. 19. University of Oxford OER 19
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  21. 21. “In the late 19th century Oxford was one of thepioneers of the university extension movement,which enabled audiences around the UK to hearwhat some of its lecturers had to say on a widerange of topics. The OpenSpires project is the 21stcentury equivalent, though, with the benefit of theweb, the audiences are now global and we hopeeven more diverse. It is a pleasure to contribute tothis important venture, which is opening up Oxfordlike never before”.(McDonald, n.d.)
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  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. English OER through literature
  25. 25. Great Writers Inspire
  26. 26. What could you do with theOxford Creative Commonspodcast content?
  27. 27. Linking open tools and open pods http:// 27
  28. 28. OpenSpires in FLAX
  29. 29. Mining Oxford podcasts
  30. 30. Mining & linking key collocations
  31. 31. Language Teachers:OER creators, users, re- mixers and publishers
  32. 32. Developing podcast activities in FLAX
  33. 33. Close exercises in FLAX
  34. 34. YouTube in FLAX
  35. 35. Scrambled sentences in FLAX
  36. 36. Drag ‘n’ Drop exercises in FLAX
  37. 37. Please register with FLAX to build your own collections!
  38. 38. Thank youEmail:; FLAX Language:; Twitter: @AlannahFitz Slideshare: Blog: Technology for Open English – Toying with Open E-resources