Summer School Success

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The LSS recently held a Corpus Summer School. They featured an “Introduction to Corpus Linguistics” alongside discussing topics such as language and gender, feminism, politics, racism, climate change and business discourse. In addition to the academic programme, participants also took part in a number of social activities in the evenings, where they experienced the tastes of a British Pub as well as indulging in some Indian, Chinese and Japanese food across the weeks.

Feedback from the Summer School was very positive. One participant said  ‘’I wanted to understand how corpora could be used in my work in language assessment. I came away really satisfied with what I had learned, and understanding the variety of ways that corpora can be used, particularly on many of the projects I am working on. I didn't expect to be able to take so much from a very niche academic context and work it into a mainstream business context. My boss was really excited by the links I was able to draw between the course work and our future projects. All thanks to what I learned from the summer school’’.

It takes the cooperation of a wide range of people and organizations to make any event successful, so LSS are very grateful to the following for their assistance at various stages of the planning and running of the 2011 Summer School: Dr Judith Baxter, Claire Richardson (and CELCA staff and students; for allowing us to use NX06A/B and NX16 - the Cadbury Room - for the week), Oz Powles, Hayley Jones, Dave Pollard, Klaus Thiele, Mingqing Jia, and Emma Cook (LSS); Paul Neale (Finance); Rob Poole (and others in ISA); Gill Ranson (ELT, Cambridge University Press); Baalmail, corpora-list, Linguist list, and Martin Wynne (on behalf of CLARIN-UK); Catering@Aston; Conference Aston, Campanile, and other local hotels; the Sack of Potatoes; Barajee (Broad Street), Red & Hot (Hurst Street) and Miyako Teppanyaki (Arcadian Centre).

They would also like to thank the excellent and diverse group of international academic session tutors: Ramesh Krishnamurthy (Aston), Dr Carola Trips (Mannheim), Dr Achim Stein (Stuttgart), Dr Mike Scott (Aston), Philip King (Aston), Dr Iztok Kosem (Trojina, Ljubljana), Dr Patricia Rodríguez-Inés (Barcelona), Dr Sylvia Jaworska (London), Dr Veronika Koller (Lancaster), Klaus Thiele (Aston), Dr Astrid Ensslin (Bangor), and Dr Cem Can (Cukurova) – a former tutee, who kindly delivered his session via Elluminate software (thanks to Dave Pollard), because his institutional responsibilities prevented him from leaving Turkey.

The detailed feedback is now being analysed and the ideas are being developed into future collaborative projects.