I have always been fascinated by the power of corpora. From simple compilations of news, articles and interviews to more sophisticated and specific learner corpora, these (mostly open-access) tools are a source of endless research topics. In this post, I would like to share some links to the most interesting language corpora out there. Use them wisely, and remember, sharing is caring!
Two weeks ago, I decided to succumb to the temptation, and I created an account on Twitter.
And, oh boy, is it addictive! But in a good way.
Its intuitive and fresh interface allowed me to join some interesting discussion groups on bilingual and heritage education and language assessment. I am now connected to groups such as @Multi_Ling_Mat (Multilingual Matters), @actfl or @Lg_on_the_Move (Language on the Move), and I am constantly updated on new articles, promotions and language-related news.
As you may have imagined/read about, Twitter can also be used as an interactive tool in the foreign language classroom. By creating your own hashtag (#) or a username shared by all the members of the class, we can offer students a trendy way to be in touch with the most updated hispanic realities (news, music, culture, events...). The other day I stumbled upon this great page developed by a Spanish Instructor, in which he cited some of the ways in which we can implement Twitter in the classroom.This next site is less language-specific, but it includes a list of 50 creative ways to use Twitter in the classroom.
Below you will find a list of some of the users that I follow in connection with Spanish, language acquisition and pedagogy:
1. Educación INTEF @educaINTEF Instituto Nacional de Tecnologías Educativas y de Formación de Profesorado del Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte.
2. SpanglishBaby @spanglishbaby Online resource & community for parents Raising Bicultural and #BilingualKids
3. LARC SDSU @LARC_SDSUOpen Door to Language & Culture/ Mission: Develop & support the teaching & learning of foreign languages in the US through research, technology, & publications.
4. Multilingual Matters @Multi_Ling_Mat We publish titles on applied linguistics, multilingualism, second language acquisition, language education and translation.
5. COERLL @COERLLThe Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL) produces and disseminates OER to support language teaching and learning.
6. ACTFL @actfl The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages provides vision, leadership & support for world language teaching & learning at all instruction levels
7. CASLS @CASLS_NFLRCCASLS integrates technology and research with curriculum, assessment, professional development, and program development.
8. Language on the Move @Lg_on_the_Move Language learning, bilingualism, multilingualism, cross-cultural communication, social inclusion, justice, human rights, tourism, migration, transnationalism
9.CALPER @CALPERPANational LRC at the Pennsylvania State University. Developing materials, conducting educational sessions. Your source for info on language learning & teaching.
10. INFOLING.org @infoling Infoling distribuye informaciones sobre eventos científicos, novedades bibliográficas y ofertas de trabajo.
11. Bilingualism Matters @BilingualismMat Advice and info on bilingualism from researchers at Edinburgh Uni
12. RAE @RAEinforma La Real Academia Española (RAE), fundada en 1713, vela por el buen uso y la unidad de la lengua española, patrimonio común de 500 millones de hispanohablantes.
13. Ele que Ele @ElequeEle_es Este es el Twitter de http://www.elequeele.es , blog informativo del mundo ELE, aquí podréis encontrar todas las novedades publicadas en el blog y más sorpresas.
14. CVC. Inst. Cervantes @cvc_cervantesInstituto Cervantes: Canal de novedades del Centro Virtual Cervantes y sus portales de contenidos.15. Todoele @todoele Sitio web para profesores de español como lengua extranjera.
16. LSA @LingSocAm The Linguistic Society of America
This is a blog where I will collect all types of resources for linguists and language teachers.