Befriending technology in second language and research and teaching
Saturday 26, May

Processing language with Python: an introduction

Given by Patrick Goethals (Ghent University)

In the current digital era, it becomes more and more important to have basic programming skills. In this workshop you will learn how the use of (relatively) simple Python scripts can boost your work with language data. By running pre-elaborated scripts, you will directly experience the possibilities that are offered by web crawling, automated data extraction and file handling.

Participants can follow the workshop as a demonstration, but if you want to practice, it is better to bring your own laptop and install the Anaconda package beforehand (details will be given at the website one month before the conference).

New Technologies and their application to the new trends in language learning: autonomous, collaborative, and ludic.

Given by Cristina Calle (Complutense University of Madrid) and Ana Ibañez (UNED)

In this workshop we will see different applications (Voice Thread, QStream, Phonopaper) that can be used in the foreign language classroom (and in other classroom settings too) in order to promote language learning in a playful, collaborative, and motivating way. We will present our own experiences with such applications, but, above all, we will analyze them together, so as to elicit the assistants’ own creative ideas around their use. Discussion will be triggered around the convenience of using such applications, on the benefits and on the disadvantages this may bring.