Corpus- and genre-based automated writing evaluation for scientific writing

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2022-11-22
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An important goal of L2 advanced writing instruction is to help students develop research writing competence so that they gain membership of their disciplinary communities by publishing in prestigious refereed journals. Accomplishing this challenging goal entails familiarity with and exposure to the characteristics of the research article (RA) genre in the disciplines. Genre-based automated writing evaluation (GBAWE) aims to address this challenge by creating digital writing tools, which, grounded in corpus-based move analysis (Swales, 1981), provide intelligent feedback on the rhetorical conventions of scientific writing (Anthony & Lashkia, 2003; Cotos et al., 2015; Knight et al., 2020). Using an example tool for RA writing (Cotos, 2017), this seminar highlights the importance of corpora both for GBAWE development and for pedagogical implementation. Specifically, I deliberate on how corpus input can reinforce relevant theoretical underpinnings for GBAWE design. I also demonstrate how corpus-based descriptions can be leveraged by computational methods in order to generate individual and discipline-specific feedback aimed to foster cognitive processing and improve revision. Importantly, embedding an annotated corpus into GBAWE can enable writing instructors to enact explicit pedagogy (Hyland, 2007) and data-driven learning (Johns, 1991) for teaching the target genre. Still being an emergent domain of inquiry and praxis, GBAWE is ripe for investigation and scalability; therefore, this seminar draws on existing empirical evidence to put forth issues and research directions related to principled design, feedback optimization, usefulness for genre-based writing pedagogy, and impact on genre knowledge and writing competence.
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This presentation is published as Cotos, Elena, Corpus- and genre-based automated writing evaluation for scientific writing. Presented at the International Perspectives on Corpus Technology for Language Learning - Seminar Series. The University of Queensland, Australia. Novemeber 22, 2022. via ZOOM. https://languages-cultures.uq.edu.au/event/session/8931. Posted with permission.
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