Introducing the British Written Academic English Corpus: enhancing our practice in improving student writing in the disciplines

UNSW and the University of Sydney will host an AALL-sponsored day with Sheena Gardner on Friday 20 May 2011

Introducing the British Written Academic English Corpus: enhancing our practice in improving student writing in the disciplines.

Sheena is one of the key developers of the British Academic Written English (BAWE) corpus. The 6.5 million word corpus was developed as part of the project entitled ‘An investigation of genres of assessed writing in British Higher Education’ (RES-000-23-0800). It contains 2761 files of proficient student writing, fairly evenly distributed across four levels of study and four broad disciplinary areas (Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences).

This event aims to inform participants about the BAWE Corpus.  Activities will involve showcasing the online corpus, providing practical information on how to access and search the corpus and using it to develop teaching materials and approaches to improving students’ academic English.

More detailed info to follow in the new year.  We will be videoing the event for those who can’t make it in person.

Contact: Sue Starfield

Director The Learning Centre
Associate Professor School of Education
University of New South Wales