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Investigating an open methodology for designing domain-specific language collections

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Investigating an open methodology for designing domain-specific language collections

Fitzgerald, Alannah ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0392-2740, Wu, Shaoqun and Barge, Martin (2014) Investigating an open methodology for designing domain-specific language collections. In: CALL Design: Principles and Practice - Proceedings of the 2014 EUROCALL Conference, 20-23 August 2014, Groningen, The Netherlands.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2014.000200

Abstract

With this research and design paper, we are proposing that Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Open Access (OA) publications give increasing access to high quality online educational and research content for the development of powerful domain-specific language collections that can be further enhanced linguistically with the Flexible Language Acquisition System (FLAX, http://flax.nzdl.org). FLAX uses the Greenstone digital library system, which is a widely used open-source software that enables end users to build collections of documents and metadata directly onto the Web (Witten, Bainbridge, & Nichols, 2010). FLAX offers a powerful suite of interactive text-mining tools, using Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence designs, to enable novice collections builders to link selected language content to large pre-processed linguistic databases. An open methodology trialed at Queen Mary University of London in collaboration with the OER Research Hub at the UK Open University demonstrates how applying open corpus-based designs and technologies can enhance open educational practices among language teachers and subject academics for the preparation and delivery of courses in English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP).

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Fitzgerald, Alannah and Wu, Shaoqun and Barge, Martin
Date:14 December 2014
Projects:
  • FLAX Language Project flax.nzdl.org
Funders:
  • The International Research Foundation (TIRF) for English Language Education, USA
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.14705/rpnet.2014.000200
Keywords:corpus-based language learning, ESAP, OER, open access, user interface design, teacher education, British law reports corpus, MOOC
ID Code:982733
Deposited By: ALANNAH TERESA FITZGERALD
Deposited On:09 Aug 2017 13:14
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:55
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Additional Information:Edited by Sake Jager, Linda Bradley, Estelle J. Meima, Sylvie Thouësny.
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