Analysing learner language. Workshop series by Hayo Reinders starting June 20th 2018.

Abstract: Analysing learner language

In this mini-series of lectures we investigate the wide range of options available for collecting and analysing learner language. Such data has significant benefits for understanding the process of learning. This has practical benefits too, in that it helps us understand our learners and their difficulties better, it forces us to listen to our learners more, it can help inform us on priority areas, and we can share our observations with the students so they can make better-informed decisions about their own learning. In the first session we lay the groundwork by looking at different sources of data and their advantages and drawbacks. In subsequent sessions we will focus on specific methods of analysis (scroll down for details).
HayoReindersColorAbout Hayo Reinders
Dr Hayo Reinders (www.innovationinteaching.org) is Professor of Education at Unitec in New Zealand and TESOL Professor and Director of the doctoral programme at Anaheim University in the USA. Hayo has published in the areas of autonomy, technology, teacher education and out-of-class learning. He edits a book series for Palgrave Macmillan and is editor of the journal Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching.
Presentation details
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Session 1 (lecture followed by discussion)
Date: Wednesday June 20th
Time: 12.15 to 13.00 (lecture) + discussion
Room: 8116
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Session 2 (hands on session with practical examples)
Date: Friday June 29th
Time: 12.15 to 14.00
Room: 8116
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Session 3 (mini course to carry out data analysis)
Date: August 2nd
Time: TBC
Room: Online
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Session 4 (mini course to carry out data analysis)
Date: September / October (TBC)
Time: TBC
Room: Online
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Sessions 5 and 6
Date: November (TBC)
Time: TBC
Room: 8116
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Professor Reinders will also be available for individual consultation meetings by appointment. Sign up here.
Workshop details:

Analysing learner language; Workshop details

Part 1 Description Preparation and work involved for
Session 1

Wed 20 June
12.15 – 1.00 (plus extended discussion for those able to stay)
Room 8116

General introduction to data types and analysis

In this mini-series of lectures we investigate the wide range of options available for collecting and analysing learner language. Such data has significant benefits for understanding the process of learning. This has practical benefits too, in that it helps us understand our learners and their difficulties better, it forces us to listen to our learners more, it can help inform us on priority areas, and we can share our observations with the students so they can make better-informed decisions about their own learning. In the first session we lay the groundwork by looking at different sources of data and their advantages and drawbacks. In subsequent sessions we will focus on specific methods of analysis.  

None.

For those taking parts II or II, there is an optional post-reading (one article)

everyone
Part 2
Session 2

Friday 29 June
12.15 – 1.00 (plus extended discussion for those able to stay)
Room 8116

Error analysis and obligatory occasion analysis

In this hands-on two-hour session we learn about two types of analysis: that of errors (as distinguished from mistakes) and obligatory occasion analysis, which gives learnes a context in which a particular target feature is required, to determine if they have acquired it. Both of these are part of many other studies (such as studies of L2 interaction, conversation analysis, contrastive analysis) and as such are good tools to have for anyone involved in L2 acquisition research.

There is no preparation. During the session I will give you some sample data to work with. If you have any recorded/transcribed data of your own that you would like to bring, that would be fabulous.

After the session you will be given two articles to read in your own time.

Anyone taking either part II or  III
Session 3

August 2nd 13.45 – 14.30 (Tokyo time)

Online

fluency, complexity and accuracy & interaction analysis

In this session we look at three aspects of L2 production data commonly investigated – fluency, complexity and accuracy – and will add a fourth – appropriacy – before looking at techniques for carrying out interaction analysis.

Pre-read two chapters.

you may bring some data of your own, or Hayo will provide data during the session. If you would like to use your own, bring a transcription of 5-10 minutes of either classroom or advising (or self-access activity) interaction, either student-student or student-teacher.

Anyone taking either part II or III
Part 3
Session 4

Date TBC but most likely November

Analysing your own L2 data

In this session we will review your collected learner language data and select the most appropriate type of analysis. I will then work with each of you individually to carry out the analysis and draw up the results.

Read two chapters from ‘analysing learner language’ by Rod Ellis and Gary Barkhuizen. Prepare your data for sharing with others, draft preliminary research questions for discussion. Anyone taking part in part III
Session 5

Date TBC but most likely November

Presentations

You will present your findings at a public forum. Individually I may work with you to publish your findings or carry out further study.

Prepare your presentation Open to the public.

Presentations by those who have completed part III

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