Professional Development Docs

Professional Development Documents

Dynamic Assessment in the Language Classroom - James P. Lantolf & Matthew E. Poehner, Penn State
James P. Lantolf & Matthew E. Poehner, Penn State
Publication Type: PDF
2004

CALPER Professional Development Document (CPDD 0411)
In very clear language, the authors provide a basic account of Dynamic Assessment (DA) and trace its origins to Vygotsky's theory of development. They explain the concepts of mediation and Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), as well as the two main approaches used in DA. They also include three examples detailing... Read more

Using a Corpus in Language Teaching -  Michael McCarthy, CALPER & University of Nottingham
Michael McCarthy, CALPER & University of Nottingham
Publication Type: PDF
2004

CALPER Professional Development Document CPDD 0410
In this document, Michael McCarthy describes what a corpus (plural: corpora) is and which kinds of questions it can help answer. He also explains how frequency lists and collocations generated from a corpus constitute powerful analytical tools for those researching language and language teaching. McCarthy concludes by... Read more

Using Corpora in Language Teaching - Michael McCarthy & Jane Evison, Penn State
Michael McCarthy & Jane Evison, Penn State
Publication Type: PDF
2004

CALPER Digest
This digest, in addition to defining a corpus (plural: corpora) and briefly describing different types of corpora (e.g., very large, medium-sized, parallel), focuses on learner corpora. The authors emphasize that frequency lists and concordances can help answer questions about why certain patterns of language use happen the way they do. The digest also... Read more