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Current and upcoming news and events

New corpus: LINDSEI

We have a new corpus at the RCEP: The Louvain International Database of Spoken English Interlanguage (LINDSEI). It consists of more than one million spoken words based on informal interviews with advanced learners of English from eleven different language backgrounds. Searchable variables include number of years of English at school and time spent in an English-speaking country. For a bibliography of studies using the LINDSEI, click here.

Past news and events

Impoliteness at School

At the end of May, BAEL's Hanna Bruns & Pawel Sickinger returned to the Gymnasium zum Altenforst in Troisdorf (GAT) to conduct a final linguistics workshop, this time focusing on the topic of "impoliteness". This was part of a year-long BAEL outreach project in cooperation with Dr. Marja Meinl and her students.

BAELc6 - a great success

This year's BAEL conference is over, and organizing it was a truly exciting and rewarding experience. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this such a wonderful event. Have a look at the conference page for some impressions (including photos).

BAELc6 keynote and schedule

BAEL's sixth annual conference is just around the corner (taking place on May 12-13), and you can now see the conference schedule here. Also, the title for the keynote has been decided on: Jo Angouri will be talking about The politics of language: Negotiating boundaries at work.

BAEL conferences

BAEL talk at Dies Academicus

At this summer's Dies Academicus (17.05.2017), BAEL will give a talk titled "Why the study of LAnguage MAtters in school – ein Wissenschaftsblog bringt Schüler*innen und Studierende zusammen". Stefanie Pohle and Pawel Sickinger will be joined by MA student Hanna Bruns and English teacher Timo Brede to present an outreach project centered on the LAnguage MAtters blog. The talk will take place at lecture Hall II from 4 - 5pm.

Download the poster for the talk

Stefanie Pohle was awarded Bonn Uni's e-teaching certificate

Stefanie Pohle is the first staff member ever to be awarded Bonn University's eTeaching certificate. The corresponding training comprised various workshops about topics such as webinars, e-assessment or copyright issues, all connected to the theme of connecting digital media and didactics. Her final project for the certificate is the blog "Language Matters".

(c) Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn

Integrating teaching and outreach

Connecting teaching in the MA Applied Linguistics with our outreach activities, Stefanie Pohle has designed an innovative project: The blog "Language Matters! – Exciting insights into the realm of Applied Linguistics", specifically created for this purpose. MA students write posts on linguistics topics covered in class and a group of high-school students at the Gymnasium zum Altenforst in Troisdorf (GAT) read these posts and ask questions about them. It's a win-win situation: Our students process the contents in additional ways, and the GAT students learn more about different linguistic fields.

Dr. Susanne Mohr is now a junior member of the AWK!

Congratulations to Susanne Mohr on the great honour of being admitted to the Junge Kolleg of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste! The press release including information on the institution (in German) can be found here.

           (c) AWK NRW

More funding from Humboldt-Stiftung for ACiME

Our research project on Academic Communication in Multimedia Environment (ACiME), funded by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, has just been awarded a new grant from the foundation for the upcoming 1.5 years. The project is a Bulgarian-German cooperation and has been running since 2013.

Webcasts of lectures at MeEP summer school now available

There are now webcasts available of some of the lectures delivered at the MeEP (GAL Research School for Methods in Empirical Pragmatics) this past September: To learn from John Kirk about using corpora for pragmatics research, or from Michael Haugh about how to do research in interactional pragmatics, find the link here.

Step two of outreach project with GAT students

Earlier this month, we completed step two of this year's outreach project with the Gymnasium zum Altenforst: The students who participate in the course came to visit BAEL's Research Centre for Empirical Pragmatics (RCEP) to try out some linguistics research. They learned about working with fictional data and how to investigate pragmatic features in it.

Talk by Hannah Aengenvoort at Forum Linguistik

Former student assistant Hannah Aengenvoort is presenting some results of her BA dissertation “Assessing Attitudes towards Papua New Guinea’s Language Policy in Education” at the Forum Linguistik. She was awarded the Queen’s Prize for the dissertation, so we are very much looking forward to the talk. Join us on 6th Dec. 2016, 18-20ct in Übungsraum 6, Verfügungszentrum in the main building.

New BAEL Outreach Project

Some of our MA students are currently creating a scientific blog, writing about research in various areas of applied linguistics. Students from our partner school, the Gymnasium zum Altenforst in Troisdorf, will read and discuss the blog entries in the context of their English classes and have the opportunity to interact with the authors on the blog's website. This is a pilot project, and we are excited to find out how well it works!

Talk by Susanne Mohr at the Annual Conference of the IRAAL

BAEL's Susanne Mohr, in collaboration with Dunlop Ochieng, gave a talk at the Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics on November, 19th in Dublin. The title of the presentation was: "The use of English in everyday life and as medium of instruction in Tanzania: an attitude study."

Click here to take a look at the conference programme.

Outreach project in linguistics with Gymnasium in Troisdorf

On 25 October, BAEL's Pawel Sickinger visited the Gymnasium Troisdorf to give a workshop on Politeness Theory and the concept of face. The school students attending are participating in a project class on linguistics taught by Dr. Marja Meinl, part of an ongoing cooperation between the GAT and Bonn University. A second workshop will take place in December at the RCEP.

Information on our outreach activities

Queen's Prize to Hannah Aengenvoort

This year's Queen's Prize goes to our former student assistant Hannah Aengenvoort. She was awarded the prize for her BA thesis on "Assessing language attitudes towards Papua New Guinea's language policy in education", which she wrote under the supervision of Dr. Susanne Mohr and Professor Schneider. During the ceremonious opening of the academic year she received her honorary certificate from Bonn University's president. Congratulations to Hannah!

PRA.PRO presentation at GAL Kongress

Members of our team reported on the latest activities in our research project PRA.PRO at the GAL Kongress in Koblenz.

Summary of the talk "Assessing pragmatic competence in EFL users"

Klaus P. Schneider at Anglistentag

In his role as President of the German Association for the Study of English (Deutscher Anglistenverband), Professor Schneider was in Hamburg 21-24 September for the organisation's annual conference, the Anglistentag.

MeEP summer school - a very productive three days

From 12 to 14 September, BAEL hosted the GAL Research School for Methods in Empirical Pragmatics (MeEP). Four experts in pragmatics gave input lectures on their area of expertise. These were followed by workshops for participants to get their hands on real data and tools for analysis. The participants also had the opportunity to meet one of the presenters for a one-on-one advising session on their own research project. The MeEP was very productive and rewarding - a big thank you to participants and speakers!

Talk by Susanne Mohr at ISLE4

"Lecturers are still doing researches - an evaluation of the present-day acceptability of Tanzanian English corpus data": This is the title of a talk that Susanne Mohr gave on Monday, 19 September, at the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) 4 Conference at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Click here to take a look at the conference programme.

bael @ GAL-Kongress in Koblenz

Two BAEL research teams gave presentations at this year's GAL-Kongress in Koblenz: Prof. Schneider, Katrin Renkwitz and Pawel Sickinger presented the latest study of our PRA.PRO project in the talk "Assessing pragmatic competence in EFL users". In the second BAEL presentation of the congress, the BEIO team (Terry Haggerty, Gaby Axer and Pawel Sickinger) talked about "Challenges for ELF speakers in multinational organisations". Click here for further information on the GAL-Kongress.

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