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Corpus based or other related to TESOL

November 08, 2017 at 07:56PM

Time to check in…..

Hello readers, yes it’s a blue moon and time to take some time even though there is no time to post here. I see this as almost a more detailed journal that is public. It’s nice every once and a while to think about where I am in this career of mine and look back.

So where to start…when I last posted I was halfway finished with my coursework. I finished my last course in January 2017, had the Qualifying Exam in early May and after passing that settled into the dissertation proposal writing phase. I explain it so matter-of-factly as if it was a stroll in the park. I was not, to say the least.

Two things impacted me the most. One was not seeing my cohort buddies every week. I felt like I bonded with them, and I enjoyed the lectures, the discussions, the sharing. Then it was just over. In its wake was a gap in my life that was hard to fill.

The second was the Qualifying Exam. This was an open book test, where we had to write several essays and solve some statistical problems. I took a week over Golden Week to finish. I was writing and thinking at my computer the whole time. The closest I can compare this experience is a zen retreat. When you are in such a situation the schedule runs you, not the other way around. I’ve had my share of zen and believe me when you finish one of these retreats, you are done!

But you come out of that experience transformed. I think the intensity of the Temple program sharpens you up. You become like a tiger running in the jungle, shreading and ingesting journal articles with ease. Finding the strengths and weaknesses of a study, evaluating its methods and results. All those murky things about social science become plain to see.

Now the coursework is finished. It is time to stop being a student. I have to struggle with writing my proposal, working one on one with my advisors, and prepare my defense hopefully by next year, assuming life doesn’t get in the way. But it does and it will happen. It’s already happening to me now. But that is not going to stop me. No matter what….just keep going, tiger.
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Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Language Learning April 17-20 2014 in Osaka, references and graditude!

Hello all,

First I want to thank Steve Cornwell and all of the staff, guest speakers, and all the wonderful people I met at the Osaka ACLL/ACTC 2014! I look forward to next years event and I strongly recommend this conference in order to get a broader view of languge teaching practice and research across Asia!

Regarding my presentation,  if you would like references to the literature I mentioned please click here.

Also since there has been a lot of interest in what we do with our writing program… here is the pdf of my powerpoint. Enjoy!

In addition, there will be a video coming up soon on how to make an example-driven style of feedback for writing, so please stay tuned….

References for poster presentation at The International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Research in ESP at at the University of Electro Communications, Tokyo・電気通信大学,東京

For those who went to this wonderful symposium last weekend

The references I have in my poster can be found here.

I want to thank UEC, and Professor Shi Jie for holding this event, and I look forward to more in the future.

INTERNATIONAL ESP SYMPOSIUM UEC TOKYO 2014-02-14 23-55-00

ESP Sympoisum poster

Poster presentation at The International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Research in ESP at at the University of Electro Communications, Tokyo・電気通信大学,東京

INTERNATIONAL ESP SYMPOSIUM UEC TOKYO 2014-02-14 23-55-00ESP Sympoisum poster

Greetings fellow teachers, researchers and everyone on the Internet!

I am presenting a poster about my work with in-service Japanese teachers of English for junior and senior high schools at The International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Research in ESP at the University of Electro Communications, Tokyo, on February 22, 2014. This time the focus will be on a writing workshop at our institution that we offer online using Moodle.

What makes this moodle writing course unique is the fact that we provide three types of feedback:direct, audio and data-driven.

The focus in particular will be on the data-driven part of the workshop and how the participants feel about encountering this type of feedback.

This poster is also a chance for me to engage with other corpus and data-driven learning specialists in the field and get some ideas on how to approach this course with a research agenda, especially one focused on obtaining quantitative, as well as qualitative data.

It is not that I am biased toward qualitative research, but most CALL and data-driven, corpus research has been primarily this way for a long time now. (Chambers 2007, Boulton 2008) and so the demand is high for this type of approach.

The symposium will also host a variety of speakers, Stefan Gries (UCSB, USA),
Winnie Cheng (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)Laurence Anthony (Waseda University, Japan), Theron Muller (Toyama University, Japan). Just to meet and talk with anyof these specialists of the field would be a very speciai opportunity indeed.

I also want to thank Shi Jie (Universityof Electro-Communications, Japan) for setting up this symposium. Much appreciation and thanks in advance for her hard work.

If you plan to be at the symposium, please feel free to find my poster.  According to the schedule the poster session goes from 2-3:30, so have a chat with me if you are around.

See you there,

Oh p.s.♥ Happy Valentines Day! ♥

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References

Boulton, A. (2008). Evaluating corpus use in language learning: State of play and future directions. Paper presented at the Amerian Accociation of Corpus Linguisitcs, Brighham Young University.

Chambers, A. (2007). Popularising corpus consultation by language learners and teachers. In E. Hidalgo Tenorio, L. Rodríguez-Navarro, J. Santana (Eds.). Corpora in the Foreign Language Classroom: Selected papers from the Sixth International Conference on Teaching and Language Corpora (TaLC 6). (pp. 3-16). Kenilworth: Rodopi.

Lextutor video by Tom Cobb!

http://wp.me/PfNDY-bA

For those who want a video tour of the site by the creator himself. Look no further. Enjoy and learn!

Presentation at JALT 2013 in Kobe!

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Hello all,

Just wanted to add that coming up this month I and my colleauges of the English teacher training division for the Kanagawa Institute of Language and Culture Studies (神奈川県国際言語文化アカデミアの外国語にかかる教員研修事業.  will be giving a forum on our Advanced Leader Teacher program at this coming JALT conference at the Kobe Convention Center, Portopia, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan October 25th – 28th, 2013

The title of the presentation: A Voyage of Reflective Teaching

The Advanced program gathers 20 English teachers who teach in high schools in Kanagawa, supporting them in action research and professional development in order to create “leader teachers” who will be the hub of change and professional development in their schools.

This program has entered its third year and we will present the changes we have noticed in our participants and the process in promoting that change.

Our presentation will be on Monday October 28th, 10:10-11:40 in room 407 at the convention.

For more information:

The presentation abstract:http://jalt.org/2013/abstract.php?p=71

Jalt2013 information (in English and Japanese) http://jalt.org/conference

Our institute (in Japanese) :http://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/cnt/f7807/

Our program (in Japanese) http://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/cnt/f440038/

(in English) http://group14teachers.renshuishere.com/

TIME Magazine Corpus of American English

See on Scoop.itComputer Aided Language Learning

100+ million word corpus of American English, 1923-2006.

See on corpus.byu.edu

Bigger, Better Google Ngrams: Brace Yourself for the Power of Grammar – The Atlantic

See on Scoop.itComputer Aided Language Learning

The power of web based corpus research has become even more accessable thanks to Google Ngrams. Its funny how Zimmer writes about how this tool can suck time: meaning that anyone using it may spend hours trying different combinations and comparisons. Good!

“Bigger, Better Google Ngrams: Brace Yourself for the Power of GrammarThe AtlanticBack in December 2010, Google unveiled an online tool for analyzing the history of language and culture as reflected in the gargantuan corpus of historical texts that…

See on www.theatlantic.com

Stereotypes and Intercultural Communication

These two ideas have opened a new world for me, and while I am mostly focused on teaching language and pedagogy the challenge of teaching about stereotypes, especially in the Japanese context has been quite refreshing for me. If you look at the reference page for a workshop I and Professor Miyuki Iida collaborated on August 7th, 2012 for the Kanagawa Institute of Language and Culture, you can find a list of references for both theoretical ideas behind intercultural communication, plus practical sources for approaching it in the language classroom as well.