A New Corpus of Student Academic Writing. Susan Conrad Sarah Albers Department of Applied Linguistics Portland State University. Our Objectives for this Presentation. Share information about a resource you may want to use
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Department of Applied Linguistics
Portland State University
Overview of the Presentation
A comment from the “supervising professor”
(ESL program integration, MA projects)
What do we have & what should future students gather?
Goals for my work on the project:
→ Goal is to learn about student writing in general
→ Organized primarily according to department
Art & Literary Analysis ALAN
Empirical Research EMPA
Library Research LIBR
Narrative (creative) NARR
Reading Reaction READ
Personal Opinion POPN
Theoretical Application THEA
These abbreviations are included in the file names, along with department & author’s number/level
Opportunities for improvement
1. Setting Curriculum Priorities
2. Professional development
1. How much time should be spent on studying reduced relative clauses (RRCs)?
Ex: …a four year plan comprised of streamlining processes.
→ quite frequent in professional academic prose
→ corpus gives us info about student writing
2. How does a successful writer of a library research paper utilize transitional phrases?
Combining Skills/Contextualizing Grammar
Culminating experience or practicum option:
MA student + IELP teacher + AL program faculty
(H. Hahn-Streichen, D. Smith, S. Conrad, ORTESOL support)