Corpora for Content & Language Integrated Learning [BACKBONE]
The project addresses language learning needs with regard to pedagogically neglected languages including lesser taught languages, regional & socio-cultural varieties of more frequently taught languages, and non-native speaker varieties of lingua franca languages. It proposes a pedagogically motivated corpus approach that enables teachers to collect and pedagogically exploit spoken discourse resources. Based on the communicative principles of learner and teacher autonomy, authenticated learning and collaboration, the Backbone approach combines corpus resources for linguistically and thematically specialised CLIL purposes with e-learning-enhanced language practice and communicative interaction in blended language learning courses.
Backbone develops pedagogically motivated tools for corpus management, annotation, enrichment and search. 7 language subcorpora of interviews, presentations and conversations are compiled and enriched with learning materials: Polish and Turkish, regional & socio-cultural varieties of German, French, Spanish and English as well as European varieties of English as a lingua franca. Pedagogic piloting is carried out in CLIL settings in secondary, higher and vocational education.