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Prof Ian Witten

University of Waikato

Prof Ian Witten
Mining MOOCs to assist second language learners
This event will take place on Thursday 28 September 2017 at 11:00


MOOCs claim to offer access to affordable, quality education to
anyone around the world. The language of instruction is invariably
English, a second language for many students. MOOCs include extensive text
in the style of academic language that characterizes the domain of study –
law, business, science, technology, whatever – and constitute an ideal
environment to improve writing skills. This talk will introduce, and
demonstrate, the FLAX language learning environment, which uses external
resources (e.g. collocations) derived from massive text corpora to help
students notice academic language features and adopt them in their own
writing. FLAX has been used in conjunction with Law MOOCs from Harvard and
U London on edX and Coursera.

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