Adriana Merino, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Lecturer, is one of the 2020 awardees of the Rapid Response David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Mini-Grants for innovation. The grant will support Adriana’s applied research on second language (L2) pedagogies and instructional and intercultural pragmatics.
The aim of this first-time project is to collect and analyze authentic multicultural conversation samples in an international setting where speakers use Spanish as a lingua franca. The corpus comes from 30-hour-recordings of casual conversations among native speakers of Spanish, and Spanish learners of different language proficiency, and different nationalities, engaging in online social gatherings in a conversation club located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Corpora of this kind are difficult to find, so access to recordings of unscripted conversations is extremely beneficial for L2 learners and bears clear pedagogical value for language instructors. This project may open up useful avenues for a more thorough incorporation of technology in multimedia contexts, potential telecollaboration experiences, and sound pedagogical praxis.
To view the full list of projects awarded 2020 Rapid Response Grants, view the Humanities Council website.