Applied English Linguistics (Kurt Kohn)
Corpora for Content & Language Integrated Learning
(LLP KA2 Languages 2008-2010) (coordinator)
BACKBONE aims to develop, evaluate, disseminate and exploit a “do it yourself” pedagogic corpus approach that empowers teachers to collaborate in the creation and pedagogical deployment of authentic content for web-based language learning and teaching in specialised CLIL contexts. The approach addresses the constraints and needs of pedagogically neglected languages & varieties. It will be applied to 7 languages representing 3 types of neglect: “lesser taught” (PL, TR), “ignored non-standard” (EN, FR, DE, ES) and “non-native speaker lingua franca” (ELF).
Demonstration focuses on 5 language learning settings:
Regular foreign language classes in secondary and/or higher education integrating culture and language learning (DE, EN, FR, PL, TR);
Bilingual subject classes (e.g. biology, history) in secondary education with incidental foreign language learning (EN);
LSP courses in higher education integrating foreign language and special subjects (EN, FR);
Community interpreter courses in higher education integrating foreign language and special subjects (DE, ES, PL or TR);
Vocational foreign language classes in further education integrating language and vocational subjects (EN, DE).
Backbone has 4 operational objectives:
Analysis of the Backbone learning scenarios (see above) to determine areas of pedagogical neglect and CLIL themes;
Development and e-learning integration of pedagogic corpus tools that facilitate creation of “do it yourself” corpora and corpus-based learning materials for culture and subject-specific niche demands;
Corpus compilation of video-recorded spoken interviews, presentations and conversations for the 7 Backbone languages with an emphasis on regional and socio-cultural varieties;
Pedagogical demonstration and evaluation of these corpora for the 5 Backbone language learning settings including continuous teacher support.
Backbone is designed for customisation to any field of CLIL specialisation.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication/communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Agreement number: 143502-LLP-1-2008-1-DE-KA2-KA2MP