Double Presentation: Global English Seminar and What can be done with Corpora

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Event Speaker: 
Barry Grossman
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for non-JALT members: 
1000 yen (500 yen for students)
Contact or Queries: 

Presentation #1: (45 minutes)


Title: “Global English Seminar Project: A navigation app for foreign tourists and residents”


The need for English information in a local community is being met by a university’s ‘Global English Seminar’ class. In order to make visiting the area more convenient for foreign tourists and residents, the seminar class has made a free iPhone app that provides information in English on local tourist spots, businesses and services. The educational and societal goals, methods, results, and challenges of this three-year project will be presented.



Hands-on Workshop: (90 minutes)

Title: “What can you do with a corpus?”


Online corpora have become very user-friendly in the past few years. In this hands-on workshop, we will learn to use the corpus engine at Brigham Young University. The corpus can be beneficial as a language resource for teachers and students, but we will also discuss its use for classroom activities. By the end of the workshop, participants will have the confidence to use a corpus on their own and be able to explore the various functions an online corpus can offer.



Born 1965: Brooklyn, NY



1988: University of Colorado, BA in English Literature

1991: University of Colorado, MA in Linguistics / TEFL

2017: University of Birmingham (UK), PhD. in English & Applied Linguistics

(Thesis in Cognitive Corpus Linguistics)



1991: Tokyo, English Language School

1992: Hirosaki, English Language School

1993: Hachinohe National Institute of Technology

1996: Hachinohe University, Lecturer

2013: Hachinohe Gakuin University, Professor


Besides having published numerous articles on EFL and Linguistics, he has given research presentations in Japan, Canada, Korea, Italy, & The Netherlands.


Venue Address: 
Moriokaekinishidori, 1 Chome−7番1号
Morioka, Iwate
020-0045 Japan