Event Information:

  • Fri

    Understanding collocations I: Applications for language teaching and research

    12:30 pmLancaster University, Management school - Hub


    The ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), Lancaster University is organising a free half-day seminar on collocations. This seminar is a part of a two-part series and offers a combination of two lectures, a practical session and a discussion forum. The practical session focuses on corpus approaches to identification and visualisation of collocations. A guest speaker at the seminar is Prof. Frank Boers from Western University, Canada.

    The attendance is free, but registration in advance is required if you want to attend in person since the number of places is limited. There is no need to register if you are following the seminar on Twitter. Please click here to apply.

    The seminar will be LIVE STREAMED ON TWITTER: @CorpusSocialSci [No registration is needed]

    To tweet us questions, use #LancasterCollocations

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    12.30pm – 1pm Registration: Management school Hub

    1-2pm Dr. Vaclav Brezina and Dr. Dana Gablasova: Corpus approaches to collocation: Challenges and opportunities

    2.15pm -3.30pm Identifying collocations with #LancsBox (practical session)

    3.30pm-4.00pm Coffee break

    4.15pm – 5.15pm Prof. Frank Boers: Ways of helping learners acquire multiword expressions in a second language: A critical review

    5.15pm – 6.00pm General discussion


    Suggested readings

    Boers, F., & Webb, S. (2018). Research timeline: Teaching and learning collocation in adult second and foreign language learningLanguage Teaching, 51, 77-89.

    Brezina, V., McEnery, T., & Wattam, S. (2015). Collocations in context: A new perspective on collocation networksInternational Journal of Corpus Linguistics20(2), 139-173.

    Gablasova, D., Brezina, V., & McEnery, T. (2017). Collocations in Corpus‐Based Language Learning Research: Identifying, Comparing, and Interpreting the EvidenceLanguage Learning67(S1), 155-179.

    The seminar was supported by ESRC Strategic Investments – International Networking grant (ref. ES/R008906/1).