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Upcoming Webinar: ‘Integrating multimedia corpora in the secondary school classroom’

‘Integrating multimedia corpora in the secondary school classroom’

 

Petter Hagen Karlsen, Inland Norway University of Applied Science

 

      

Friday 9th April, 14.00, on MS Teams

 

Abstract: This talk centers around the use of multimedia corpora for language learning in upper secondary school. It aims to address both theoretical and practical aspects of multimedia corpus use with pre-tertiary learners based on experiences from a case study on the topic from the Norwegian secondary-school context. The case study featured a collaboration between one teacher and the researcher to integrate the BACKBONE corpora with 69 first year upper secondary EFL students during a two-week period. Data were collected through classroom observation, video- and audio-taping of the lessons, and student interviews in groups of five (20 students in total). The observed learning opportunities as well as the somewhat negatively skewed student feedback can provide us with an understanding of the possibilities and challenges associated with younger learners interacting with corpora and give insight into ways in which multimedia corpora can be improved. This talk centers around the use of multimedia corpora for language learning in upper secondary school. It aims to address both theoretical and practical aspects of multimedia corpus use with pre-tertiary learners based on experiences from a case study on the topic from the Norwegian secondary-school context. The case study featured a collaboration between one teacher and the researcher to integrate the BACKBONE corpora with 69 first year upper secondary EFL students during a two-week period. Data were collected through classroom observation, video- and audio-taping of the lessons, and student interviews in groups of five (20 students in total). The observed learning opportunities as well as the somewhat negatively skewed student feedback can provide us with an understanding of the possibilities and challenges associated with younger learners interacting with corpora and give insight into ways in which multimedia corpora can be improved.

 

Bio: Petter Hagen Karlsen is a Norwegian PhD student employed at the Inland Norway University of Applied Science and is part of the Faculty of Education, Department of Humanities. He has a bachelor’s degree in music teacher education, a master’s degree in the didactics of English language and culture, and is at present enrolled in the program PhD in Teaching and Teacher Education (PROFF). He has worked one year as a university lecturer teaching primarily English grammar, English didactics, and cognitive linguistics before enrolling into the PhD program. Prior to entering teacher training, he served three years in the Norwegian armed forces as a logistics sergeant. He is currently writing his dissertation on the pedagogical use of corpora in the English as a foreign language classroom. His research project centers on upper secondary school in Norway and uses pedagogically mediated multimedia corpora for direct classroom applications. The focus of the project is on teacher and student voices, interactions, beliefs, and their engagement with the corpora. He is also part of the ELiU research group.

 

Contact: fiona.farr@ul.ie for webinar link