Coline and Rick host Mayra Aixa Villar from Mendoza, Argentina, a doctoral candidate and specialist in Linguistics.
I had a wonderful day today as I had the opportunity to participate in #eLearnChat and talk about the relationship between Linguistics and eLearning.
I really want to thank my fellow countryman Rick Zanotti and his co-host Coline Son Lee for allowing me to share my background and thoughts.
Here´s a summary:
1) The role of Linguistics in eLearning
Both disciplines complement each other and nurture from each other. For example, within Applied Linguistics, the subfield of Computer Assisted Language Learning (C.A.L.L.) analyses how effective computer-based activities are to teach any language in the world and states that (i) students need to be exposed to authentic material (target language input), (ii) language practices need to be embedded in meaningful contexts and (iii) each learning activity needs to have a communicative outcome. eLearning can set the right conditions for this to happen, and it exceeds the possibilities offered by traditional classroom activities and materials. We discussed, however, how pronunciation teaching and practice still need to be mediated by a human instructor as Voice Recognition systems have some issues to overcome.
Then, we talked about how Linguistics can contribute to eLearning technologies in general. And here, research and developments related to Natural Language Processing(Computational Linguistics) help to extract useful information like terms and key words from a corpus of text to create glossaries and ontologies for a specific discipline. NLP also allows to identify the frequency of words and use that information to draw the students’ attention to relevant terminology.
2) How I got interested in Linguistics and then, in
During my first years of university, I studied to become an English teacher. After that, I realized that I was also interested in research and technology so I enrolled in a Master´s programme on Applied Linguistics and found out about C.A.L.L., which combines language teaching, research and technology. The topic of my dissertation deals with linguistic modeling of online tourist guides (this information is missing in the recording due to audio problems) and computer-based pedagogical activities.
If you have any questions or comments, I´d love to hear them.