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Research seminar “Double bill”, Swansea University Department of Applied Linguistics, Friday 2nd February

January 29, 2018

Swansea University Department of Applied Linguistics

Friday 2nd February 10.30 – 12.30, Keir Hardie 303

Research seminar “Double bill”

Dr Dawn Knight, Cardiff University

“An overview of the CorCenCC Welsh Corpus project”

This presentation will provide a detailed overview of the ESRC/AHRC funded CorCenCC project (Corpws Cenedlaethol Cymraeg Cyfoes – The National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh). CorCenCC is an inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional project that will create a large-scale, open-source corpus of contemporary Welsh. The scope and vision of the project will be presented, andthe practical, methodological and technical issues involved in the design and construction of CorCenCC will be outlined. The potential impact of the work, including how it break new ground as both a language resource and a model of corpus construction and provide societal, economic and academic benefits will also be discussed.

Professor Rosamond Mitchell, University of Southampton

“Motivation and engagement in early foreign language learning”

Personal investment in foreign language learning, and a positive vision of the future multilingual self, are key to long term learning success. However, in a time of global English, motivation for Anglophone children to learn other languages in school is problematic, despite teachers’ efforts to promote classroom engagement.  This talk will draw on a recent longitudinal study of French in the primary school, using case studies of individual children to examine relationships between different types of engagement, individual learner motivation, and eventual learning outcomes.


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