Introducing Mini-McCALL: a pilot version of the Mid-Sweden Corpus of Computer-Assisted Language Learning
2009 (English)In: ICAME journal, ISSN 0801-5775, no 33, 21-44 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this paper, we present Mini-McCALL, a 1.3-million-word corpus of computer-mediated communication in the context of online English university courses.The data consist of three types of written communication – both between students and between students and teachers – in English: discussion forum messages, e-mail messages, and documents handed in as assignments.This pilot corpus comprises the first stage of a proposed 10-million-word corpus of computer-assisted language learning based on the online English courses offered by the Department of Humanities at Mid-Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet).In what follows, we first consider e-learning – online, off-campus study,where the medium of instruction and communication involves computer technology– from a theoretical perspective, and the need for such a corpus as ours to facilitate research into this new learning environment, as well as into the language used in e-learning. We then describe the structure and content of Mini-McCALL and highlight both the research potential of the material and studiescurrently underway, as well as looking forward to the future development of the full Mid-Sweden Corpus of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (McCALL).Both Mini-McCALL and the ultimate McCALL corpus will be made freely available to the research community.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bergen: Aksis , 2009. no 33, 21-44 p.
corpus linguistics, CMC, collaborative learning, e-learning
Research subject English
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-44306OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-44306DiVA: diva2:420017