Enhancing Self-Directed Language Learning through Corpus Linguistics: The Proactive Engagement of the Learner

Antonio Verolino, University of Pavia

The importance of integrating multiple sources and the relevance of multidimensional learning has led to renewed learning methods during the last decade as far as language learning is concerned. Though this reveals to be true for in-class learning, what can we assert about self-directed learning? How can Corpus Linguistics support a self-directed learner? This work intends to present the advantages of using a PLE (Personalized Learning Environment) through platforms such as SkELL (we will consider itSkELL and deSkELL, made to enhance Italian and German language learning) that helps either the motivation of the learner or language learning. It is well known nowadays that the possibility for the learner to create his own CIA (Contrastive Interlanguage Analysis) basing on real productions of Native Speaker appears to be very challenging and motivational. The learner needs to be constantly stimulated and that is why we suggest making him an active part of the linguistic research through DDL, that seems to be possible thanks to new user-friendly interfaces we encounter on the web. This assumption is now groundbreaking, since it enables learners to compare easily what they find and study in current grammar textbooks to actual productions of native speakers, even considering different levels of register for a deeper language analysis.

Slides: Enhancing self-directed learning – Verolino