SISU Academic Forum on the Application of Computer-aided Text Analysis in Foreign Language Teaching and Research Held Successfully
SISU Academic Forum began as scheduled at 7 pm, November 15, 2012. This talk, entitled the Application of Computer-aided Text Analysis in Foreign Language Teaching and Research was hosted by Professor Jiang Meng and addressed by Professor Wang Shunyu. Many postgraduates from the university actively attended this symposium.
How do I know how my vocabulary is? Can quantification of voice help improve my fluency and accuracy? Can we quantify the assessment of composition? Which one is harder, CET 6 or TEM 8? Starting with such a few practical and interesting questions which attracted the audience’s attention, Prof Wang put forward his topic, the Application of Computer-aided Text Analysis in Foreign Language Teaching and Research. He stated that all these questions can be answered through the use of computer software.
Then, Prof Wang explained that text was multi-modal, including sound, video and words, all of which can be analyzed. Besides, Prof Wang mentioned some sources of texts of foreign language teacher, like the ready-made corpus, texts produced by students, teaching materials, online materials, etc.
After that, Prof Wang came to the most important part, the help provided by computer-aided text analysis for foreign language teaching and research. In his opinion, the help can be supplied in terms of three aspects, phonology, lexicon and syntax. In respect of phonology, we can make use of some software to analyze students’ speech speed and intonation, so that we can find and solve the problems. Moreover, Prof Wang recommended some good software, Praa and Speech Analyzer. As regards the lexicon, we can quantify the lexicon information, analyze lexicon frequency, coverage and reading difficulty, and estimate vocabulary. Some good lexicon analysis software was recommended, Lexitutor、Range、V-size、D-Value and so on. With regard to syntax, we can take advantage of software to conduct analysis on the length of the sentence, the complexity of the modifiers and cohesion and coherence, and the software that we can use was coh-metrix and T-lab.
After Prof Wang finished his report, Prof Jiang made a brief comment on it. He mentioned that there were two merits of this report, rich information and cutting edge. Prof Jiang pointed that in information age computer was undoubtedly important, while students majored in linguistics were usually weak in this area, so this report was of great profit for us. At last, many students raised their hands and asked questions and Prof answered them one by one patiently.
The forum ended in thunderous applause.
Reported by Zheng San