of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Louvain
(Belgium). She is the Director of the Centre for English Corpus
Linguistics where research activity is focused on the compilation and
exploitation of learner corpora and multilingual corpora. Her current
research interests focus on the integration of corpus data into a range
of user-oriented tools (electronic dictionaries, writing aids, spell
checkers and essay scoring tools). Her latest publications include International
Learner English (Granger et
al. 2009) and eLexicography in the
century: New challenges, new applications
(Granger & Paquot eds. 2010).
Electronic lexicography and computer-assisted language learning:
Breaking down the barriers
lexicography and computer-assisted language learning (CALL)
have become standard ingredients of current foreign language learning
and teaching (FLT). Although the two fields have a lot in common,
especially now that vocabulary is slowly but surely taking centre stage
in FLT, they still very much lead separate lives. And yet, a look at
the respective literature shows that they face a large number of common
challenges. In my presentation I will focus on one of these, i.e. the
need to individualise both content and user interface to meet
learners’ needs. Using notions borrowed from both CALL
(adaptive CALL, learner modelling) and electronic lexicography
(multifunctional dictionaries, leximats), I will make a case for the
design of customizable reference-cum-learning tools and highlight the
key role played by learner corpus data in the identification of learner
profiles. I will present the Louvain
Dictionary, a web-based
dictionary-cum-CALL tool designed to help
non-native speakers of English write academic texts. The tool is
characterized by its dynamic interface which automatically adapts the
entry to the learners’ discipline and mother tongue
background and contains both generic and L1-specific exercises.
Gamper J. & Knapp J. (2002), Adaptation in a Vocabulary
Acquisition System, KI - Zeitschrift
Vol. 3(2), 27-30.
Granger, S. & Paquot, M. (2010). Customising a general EAP
dictionary to meet learner needs. In Granger, S. & Paquot, M.
in the 21st century: New challenges, new
applications. Proceedings of ELEX2009.
Cahiers du CENTAL.
Louvain-la-Neuve, Presses universitaires de Louvain, 87-96.
Heift, T. (2007). Learner Personas in CALL. CALICO Journal,
Sobkowiak W. (2002). What can be, but is not (and why), in
learners’ MRDs. Teaching
Technology, vol. 2, no.
3, 4-16 http://www.iatefl.org.pl/call/callnl.htm.
Spohr, D. (2009). Towards a Multifunctional Electronic Dictionary Using
a Metamodel of User Needs. Paper presented at the eLex2009 conference,
Verlinde, S., Leroyer, P. & Binon, J. (2010). Search and You
Will Find. From Stand-Alone Lexicographic Tools to User Driven Task and
Problem-oriented Multifunctional Leximats. International Journal of
Lexicography 23 (1): 1-17.