Temple University Japan:

TUJ Tokyo Distinguished Lecturer Series: Researching Lexis and Reading On-Line

Date: Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Tom Cobb (University of Quebec)

Almost all voluntary reading now done by young people takes place on an electronic screen. But what do beginning readers, particularly ESL and EFL readers, do while reading on electronic screens? How do they integrate the media of a multimedia document? The multiple texts of a hypertext document? Do they do this the same or differently from native speakers of English? Do they do it with more or less effort than they bring to paper documents? Fortunately, at least in educational contexts, the processing of an electronic document is far from a private experience, and some of these questions can be investigated.

While the user tracking technologies of Google or Facebook are unavailable to educators, a number of rudimentary technologies can be devised for staying in touch with learners online. This seminar will give participants hands-on experience for each of the following research topics: dictionary look-ups in an online reading text; contributions while reading to a group lexical database; response to written error feedback; measuring lexical access through reaction time; and tracking learner behaviors as they work through a range of focus-on-form language exercises. Each topic will be previewed in a published research study, and will occupy roughly 1.5 hours of class time, including time for participants to deploy the technology themselves.

For more information, please see the TUJ website.

About the Distinguished Lecturer Series:

Nine times a year, the Temple University Distinguished Lecturer Series brings internationally-recognized TESOL scholars to TUJ for intensive weekend seminars. Each seminar can be taken for elective credit for the master's and doctoral degrees. The first three hours of each Saturday session are free and open to the public. Weekend seminars are free for M.S.Ed. and Ed.D. alumni of Temple University, Japan Campus; the fee for other weekend auditors is 12,500 yen.

Organization: Temple University Japan

Cost: free for the first 3 hours

Venue: Temple University Japan, Tokyo map

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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