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Mainly research-related (as opposed to teaching-related) events listed backwards, with occasional ramblings about other things. I started it at the end of March 2016 but it made sense to take it back to the beginning of the year, so the first part is blurrily retrospective; maybe I’ll do better in the future. Or maybe not.

The usual disclaimer of nobody’s fault but my own, with a proper list of CV-compatible events on, well, my CV. For the ATILF, see the lab’s homepage (new page due 01/04/20!); for my research group Didactique des langues et sociolinguistique (Crapel), see our incomplete page of events.


There is no future tense in English, so this first section is unreal to the English half of me. The French half will have to take the strain. Main events only.

2021 March. We’re hoping to host this year’s GERAS (Groupe d’Études et de Recherches en Anglais de Spécialité) conference at the UL. I was on the committee for 6 years but don’t make it every time.

2020 September. Reka Jablonkai, Pascual Pérez-Paredes, Nina Vyatkina and I submitted a proposal for a symposium at AACL in Flagstaff, AZ. I’ve been to several AACL events (American Association of Corpus Linguistics), including one in Flagstaff, but not in recent years. I’m looking forward to it! DELAYED DUE TO Covid-19.

2020 August. This year’s EUROCALL conference is in Copenhagen. I will of course be there for the executive committee, for ReCALL and hopefully to give a paper, even if there are too many things in the summer these days – I need a proper holiday for once!

2020 August. Nina Vyatkina talked me into co-organising a symposium at AILA in Groningen, NL, on « Data-driven learning: Expanding corpus-based applications and evaluating their effectiveness ». I’ll also be giving one of the invited talks (in the symposium, not for all of AILA!) on « Empirical evaluation and research methodology in data-driven learning. » DELAYED DUE TO Covid-19.

2020 July. The biennial TaLC (Teaching and Language Corpora) conference is coming back to France for the first time since 2006. I’ll be there! And not just because I’m on the committee, but it’s really my favourite event as closest to my interests and always great people there.

2020 May. On the scientific committee for Jozef Colpaert’s 21st International CALL conference: Smart CALL, to be held in Tokyo. I’d love to be there in person.

2020 May. Harry Tyne invited me to give a plenary at Baby-TaLC (some of us have a sense of humour) in Perpignan, a kind of pre-TaLC event. Very chuffed. DELAYED DUE TO Covid-19.

2020 April. On the scientific committee for the one-day conference « Social Studies of the English Language in France and the French-speaking World », at the UL in Metz. DELAYED DUE TO Covid-19.

2020 16th March to 11th May. Of course, everything is shut down due to Covid-19. Going in twice  a week, mainly to check the AC is working and the servers not overheating. As « travail isolé » is strictly forbidden even in present circumstances, there have to be two of us at all times.

2020 March. Untold years in the making, the new website for the ATILF should be launched at the end of the month! DELAYED DUE TO Covid-19.

2020 March. On the defence panel for Eva Schaeffer-Lacroix’s HDR, « Approche interdisciplinaire de la didactique de l’allemand langue étrangère » with Thierry Grass in Strasbourg. This is a kind of (very) post-doctoral qualification which allows you to organise research, supervise PhDs and apply for professor’s posts. DELAYED DUE TO Covid-19.

2020 March. On the scientific committee for the Language & Technology strand of AAAL 2020 to be held in Denver, CO. A big event but I’ve only been once or twice, maybe in the future.

2020 March.  A member of the French evaluation committee (Hcéres) for the Centre d’Études Linguistiques in Lyon. I don’t think this is a state secret. DELAYED DUE TO Covid-19.

2020 January.  In Paris for the AFLA annual event, giving a talk on « Apprentissage sur corpus : entre idée et réalité… et vers l’avenir. » Assuming the strikes don’t interfere.


A bit realler from here on in back down.

2020 January.  On the scientific committee for VALS-ASLA, « La linguistique appliquée à l’ère digitale – Applied linguistics at the digital age » in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Nope, I can’t get to that one either.

2020 January.  On the scientific committee for the RADELAS (Ressources linguistiques, méthodes et Applications Didactiques En LAngues de Spécialité) conference in Grenoble. Another one I won’t be able to go to, unfortunately.

2020 January.  I gave a plenary for this year’s ARDAA conference here in Nancy, titled « Trente ans de recherches en apprentissage sur corpus. »

2020 January.  I haven’t mentioned the effects of strikes from last year, especially on transport, related to the government’s proposals for pension reform. But with the long-awaited (anticipated? dreaded?) LPPR (law for the pluriannual programming of research), things are coming closer to home. There may be some good things in it, but by no means all and there is serious cause for concern among the research community here.

2019 December. Also submitted a paper loosely based on the plenary from last year’s TaLC for a book edited by Pascual Pérez-Paredes and Geraldine Mark, « Beyond the concordance: Corpora in language education »; to be published by John Benjamins. Fingers crossed…

2019 December. Ooh, a rare event these days since being head of the ATILF takes so much time. Just a short paper arising from EUROCALL this year, titled « First contact with language corpora: Perspectives from students. » You can get it here.

2019 December. In Paris for the second PERL conference, giving a talk on « Listening to students: feedback from novice corpus builders ». Also a round table on the « Impact du numérique dans le champ du savoir » with Eva Guerda Rodriguez, Natalie Kübler, Catherine Loisy and Eric Bruillard. I enjoyed this one, but could have been better in the round table.

2019 December. Invited to the scientific committee of the 27th International Conference on Computers in Education, Taiwan.

2019 November. In Lyon on the panel for Virginie Andrés HDR jury, a kind of rite of passage for lecturers who have an eye on a professorship. Titled « Sociolinguistique des interactions verbales et exploitations didactiques », linking sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics and DDL – excellent stuff!

2019 November. Tom Cobb came to Nancy to give a talk on « Word families vs. lemmas as the counting unit in text coverage research – summary of the debate and resolution », good to see him again. He stayed with us and I took him to dinner with an over-awed Yazdan.

2019 November. I got the PEDR (a kind of award / bonus / financial recognition for research) this year, which I was very pleased with but kind of surprised about.

2019 November. On the scientific committee for this year’s Journée  internationales de la Linguistique de Corpus (JLC) organised by Lidilem in Grenoble.

2019 November. Apparently I’m an « expert » for Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University and its Institute of Humanities.

2019 October. I don’t usually talk about teaching here, but I gave a series of 3 video-lectures on publishing in applied linguistics for the Université Estadual de Campinas – Unicamp (Brazil), and a couple of talks to master’s students in linguistics about corpora and teaching. Fun!

2019 October. In Paris for an AFLA one-day conference, but glad I didn’t talk – just too tired!

2019 October. Invited to be on the committee for a conference in Clermont-Ferrand, Les corpus écrits et oraux pour approcher les domaines spécialisés (droit, santé, etc) : vers une linguistique d’intervention ?

2019 September. The yearly promotion committee for all the CNRS research labs in the « Centre-Est » region; this time just for doc-com.

2019 August. Yazdan Choubsaz arrived for 6 months to work on his doctoral dissertation on « Identifying Computer Assisted Language Learning Evolution through Published Research Articles in CALL-oriented Journals: A Chronological Study. » I’m « advisor », with Alireza Jalilifar at Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran. Lovely chap and really competent!

2019 August. This year’s EUROCALL conference was in Louvain la Neuve (Belgium). Hosting the usual ReCALL editorial board meeting, giving a paper, and organising an editors’ panel workshop with some of the biggies in CALL journals: Muriel Grosbois, Bryan Smith, Jozef Colpaert, Jesús García Laborda, Ana Gimeno, Nobue Tanaka-Ellis, Phil Hubbard & Ursula Stickler.

2019 July. Something I hadn’t done before, participating in the selection process for promotion among professors. Hmm.

2019 July. Small things can bring joy at times. The Trésor de la Langue Française was the huge founding project for the lab several decades ago, and two electronic versions of the dictionary are available on line (here and here). Some of the entries are officially registered trademarks, so large companies spend a fortune on lawyers to get us to change things – even though this dictionary describes actual use. Happy to report that we managed to sort things out, thanks to them too.

2019 July. On the committee for a strand of this year’s Corpus Linguistics conference in Cardiff. I haven’t been for years, but it’s not for lack of interest – just time.

2019 June. In Lyon for this year’s AFLA conference, partly as they’re hosting the AILA congress there in 2023 (sh, don’t tell anyone). Gave a talk on « Citing science in applied linguistics: The case of data-driven learning », and participated in a round table / panel thing with Henry Tyne, Françoise Olmo-Cazevieille, Denyze Toffoli, Martin Howard, Maï Leray and Shona Whyte on « Cross-linguistic perspectives on second/foreign language education: challenges and opportunities. »

2019 June. In Paris for a meeting of the INSHS; in Brabois to be filmed en masse doing silly things in a field by a drone for the 80 ans du CNRS. Don’t try and spot me!

2019 May. Invited to write the forward to a book edited by Pete Crosthwaite, « Data-driven learning for the next generation: Corpora and DDL for pre-tertiary learners. » There’s some really interesting stuff in there.

2019 May 17. In Nantes on the PhD panel for Thi Phuong Le Ngo, « Development and evaluation of a virtual resource center in a blended language learning environment in a university context. » Thanks to Marie-Françoise Narcy-Combes for inviting me.

2019 May. Alessandra Cacciato arrived to work on her master’s dissertation « Scusa, devo andare via: L’insegnamento dei verbi sintagmatici in italiano L2 attraverso il Data-driven Learning », from the university in Rome. Successful defense later in the year – well done!

2019 May. In Epinal for the annual APLIUT conference (language teachers in technical colleges is a very rough gloss). Some friends but didn’t give a talk.

2019 April. That time of year, so on recruitment panels for lecturer posts (UL and Paris 7 – though only as an external there) and a professorship in Toulouse. Also for a temporary ATER post in linguistics at the UL.

2019 March. Welcoming Elen Le Foll as visiting researcher from the Universität Osnabrück.

2019 March 29. In Perugia, Italy, mainly for the PhD defence panel for Luciana Forti, « Data-driven learning and the acquisition of italianverb-noun collocations » (directed by Stefania Spina). This coincided (not entirely fortuitously) with a conference titled Discovering data-driven learning: How corpora can help translators and learners of a second language, so invited to give a talk on Data-driven learning in a nutshell: What, how why… and does it work?

2019 March. Elected to the conseil of our teaching department, the UFR Lansad (languages for specialists of other disciplines).

2019 March. Pilot testing of CollocAid for Ana Frankenberg-Garcia. It looks really good and looking forward to its official launch.

2019 January. ReCALL published issue 31.1, marking a full 30 years of the journal. Quite a responsibility as editor!

2019 January. In Paris for the official launch of the 80 years of the CNRS; also present Antoine Petit (head of the CNRS), Frédérique Vidal (minister) and Édouard Philippe (prime minister); surprised that everyone applauded and stood, but that’s not a comment on my own position.

2018 December 7. Member of the defence panel for Carmenne Kalyaniwala « Émergence de l’autonomie sociale soutenue par le numérique dans une formation pré-professionnelle en didactique des langues. » Directed by François Mangenot and Thierry Soubrié at the Université Grenoble-Alpes. Well done Carmenne!

2018 November. Hosting Karina Menegaldo (Unicamp, Brésil) for a 3-month internship, and external garantor for her doctorate on publishing in applied linguistics.

2018 November. We launched a major review of « risques psychosociaux » at the ATILF, with all the support staff being interviewed. Not sure how much use it is in most cases, but some interesting results. Thanks to all who helped.

2018 November 26-30. Invited to the scientific committee for the 26th International Conference on Computers in Education at Metro Manila, Philippines.

2018 November 15-16. On the scientific committee for Corpus sur objectifs spécifiques at the Université Lyon 3.

2018 October. A paper out in Langues Modernes titled « Les corpus et les TIC comme aide à la découverte des langues ». A bit thanks to Myriam Pereiro!

2018 October. The final farewell to the Institut de Linguistique Française (ILF) at a meeting in Paris.

2018 September 27-28. An invited conference on « Data-driven learning: past, present, and future between ‘hard and soft’ practices » during an event in Turin titled Data-driven learning as a scaffolding methodology for foreign languages and CLIL classes.

2018 September. Yearly meetings for promotions in two branches of the CNRS, IT and doc-comm.

2018 September. The annual « journées de rentrée de l’ATILF » at the headquarters of the regional CNRS this year.

2018 September 3-4. I was asked to be on the committee of the CoNLP4LTL (International Workshop on the Integration of corpora and NLP in Language Teaching and Learning) in Cairo. Shame I couldn’t be there too.

2018 August 20-25. This year’s EUROCALL conference was at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. I chaired a publishing workshop with members of the ReCALL editorial team and board, and of course participated in the EUROCALL executive board meeting as well as the ReCALL board meeting earlier in the week, with other events to celebrate ReCALL’s 30th birthday.

2018 July 18-21. This is a pinnacle for me: invited to give a plenary at the 13th Teaching and Language Corpora conference (TaLC) in Cambridge, UK! Another great conference in the series. Also on a round table there with Angela Chambers, Lynne Flowerdew, Ana Frankenberg-García, Costas Gabrielatos, Susan Hunston and Anne O’Keeffe – I feel so small in an all-star cast like this.

2018 July. Supervising a month’s internship for Elena Khomiakova, a Russian student in EMLex.

2018 July 2. Not only is the new-look Frantext now online, but the old one has also been retired from service. 250 million words from over 5000 texts, mainly 20th century but some going back as far as the 9th. A good job jobbed!

2018 July 4-6. An invitation to the 19th International CALL Research Conference: CALL your Data at KU Leuven in Bruges. Delighted to be in a beautiful place with a wonderful sense of community among the participants – and actually thinking about research for once!

2018 June 26. A meeting of the Conseil de laboratoire, mainly to hammer out the fine details of the Règlement intérieur. A weight off my mind.

2018 June 19. A two-and-a-half-hour drive to Basel, Switzerland, with Yan Greub for a meeting of the FEW (Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch) and the Fondation von Wartburg. A huge project started nearly a century ago.

2018 June 13. I won’t tell you about the mess and stress with the national online system for uploading reports on all the admin and technical personnel (22 full-timers here), following interviews with their heads of department, along with recommendations for promotions and bonuses.

2018 June 4. A prize-giving at the Hôtel de Ville for the « Nouvelles de la Classe », a story-telling competition for primary-school children organised by the Académie Française partnered by the ATILF and others. The 2nd and 3rd prize winners get to visit the ATILF!

2018 May 31. In Paris for an open meeting of directors in the InSHS (Institut des Sciences Humaines et Sociales, CNRS). Mainly the same talks as for the CNRS induction day for new directors.

2018 May. On a recruitment panel for two ATER (temporary research) posts in applied linguistics and distance English degrees at the UL.

2018 May 18. Patrick Hanks was in Nancy today, so good to see him again!

2018 May 18. There are 3 faculty posts coming up this year for the ATILF: in teacher education, linguistics, and Lansad (languages for specialists of other disciplines); I’ll be on the recruitment panel for the latter with interviews on this date.

2018 May 2-6. I’ve been invited to Taiwan for the 2018 Hwa Kang International Conference on English Language & Literature. I’ll also be giving a workshop on academic publishing in CALL.

2018 April 25. Student strikes over new laws on admission led to the president of the university closing down our campus entirely, which includes our ATILF building even though it’s CNRS and not university. This lasted until exams started in early May, when some gates were opened but all access was checked for ID and bags searched. There was very little real trouble though the riot police were called in.

2018 March. Co-authored a paper in the European Journal of Applied Linguistics with Grégory Miras, Natalie Kübler and Jean-Paul Narcy-Combes about the Association Française de Linguistique Appliquée (AFLA).

2018 April 4. The ATILF is hosting the Erasmus Mundus EMLex programme this year, with students from the 8 countries in the consortium coming to Nancy for the summer term.

2018 March 28. In Chicago for an invited symposium by the IRIS initiative on Open Accessible Summaries in Language Studies (OASIS), as editor for ReCALL along with editors of 14 other journals in applied linguistics.

2018 March 14-17. In Mons (Belgium) for the GERAS conference to host the doctoral session.

2018 March 2-4. In Finland for the EUROCALL executive committee meeting, warming up for the conference in Finland in August.

2018 February 22. In Paris for the national HCERES evaluation of the DILTEC research lab.

2018 February 19. My research group is organising a one-day conference: « Autour de Francis Carton : l’éclectisme en Didactique des Langues ».

2018 February 16. I’ll be in Paris for the general assembly of the AFLA. I’m currently vice-president, which sounds grander than it is.

2018 January 30. A meeting in Paris for the new directors of CNRS labs. We’re thanked for a thankless task, for giving up research and moving into admin for human resources, and putting up with the « emmerdes » that go with it.

2018 January 11. The first general assembly of the ATILF in the new 5-year project.

2018 January 1. I’ll be moving office as I become director of the ATILF research lab. Now in the ATILF building (CNRS, 44 avenue de la Libération, BP 30687 – 54063 Nancy Cedex, France). Email and telephone will also be changing; I’ll post details on the first page here once I know.

2017 November 16-18. Plenary 2017 November 16-18. Plenary conference and member of the scientific committee for the international conference at Paris 7 – Paris Diderot: Entre Présence et Distance: Accompagner et Découvrir des Pratiques Pédagogiques en Langues à l’Université.

2017 November 10. A meeting of our research group – Didactique des langues et sociolinguistique (Crapel) – elected Maud Ciekanski as our new head. I’ll be helping her until the end of the year when an official assistant head is appointed.

2017 October. The special issue of Language Learning & Technology 21(3) on Corpora in language learning and teaching should be out, edited by Nina Vyatkina and me.

2017 October 5-7. Rome for meetings of EMLex – the Erasmus Mundus European Master in Lexicography.

2017 September. The annual journées de rentrée at the ATILF, which I viewed with some trepidation this year as I’m due to be director as of 1st January 2018 for a five-year period.

2017 September 3. A PhD jury in Strasbourg for Meryl Kusyk’s doctorate: Les dynamiques du développement de l’anglais au travers d’activités informelles en ligne : une étude exploratoire auprès d’étudiants français et allemands.

2017 August 21-25. Eurocall was in Southampton this year, with the regular exec meetings, ReCALL editorial board meeting, presentations, plus a workshop with Sylvie Thouësny, David Barr & Brian Stone: Inside ReCALL – How CALL publishing works; and a symposium with James Thomas, Sharon Hartle & Francesca Coccetta: Integrating corpus use and classroom practice.

2017 July 24-28. Member of the scientific committee for the international conference Corpus Linguistics 2017. In Birmingham again, a shame I won’t be able to make it.

2017 July 23-28. At AILA in Rio for a paper, and to represent the AFLA on the EBIC. We’re delighted that France’s bid to host AILA 2023 in Lyon has been accepted.

2017 July 3-6. Member of the scientific committee for JLC’17 (9e Journées Internationales de la Linguistique de corpus) organised by Lidilem in Grenoble.

2017 July. ReCALL, a journal I edit with Françoise Blin and published by CUP,  just received its 2016 impact factor of 2.333, placing it in the top 10 linguistics journals worldwide. If you believe such things, of course…

2017 July 1. A surprise visit from Tom Cobb,  creator of the Compleat Lexical Tutor website. Nice to see an old friend!

2017 June. Alex Boulton & Tom Cobb. Corpus use in language learning: A meta-analysis. Language Learning, 67(2): 348-393. DOI 10.1111/lang.12224. Very proud of this one!

2017 May 31 – June 2. Member of the scientific committee for CILC2017  (9th International Conference on Corpus Linguistics) in Grenoble. There are too many great things to go to!

2017 April 7. Alain Polguère and I gave a workshop on publishing at the ATILF, with special focus on international peer-reviewed journals and publishing practices in English.

2017 April-May. Four (down from an original six) recruitment panels this year at different universities : Université de Lorraine, Paris 8, Strasbourg, CNAM. This is really too much as they’re all at the same time, which can mean 3 different cities in as many days.

2017 March. A handbook chapter published in Springer’s Encyclopedia of Language and Education. See my Publications page.

2017 March 21 – April 1. I was invited for a 2-week research visit to the PUC Minas in Brazil on the topic of Littératies universitaires, internet et mondialisation. With workload, though, I had to turn it down. Sad.

2017 March 18-21. Discussant in a colloquium (Corpora in language learning and teaching) convened by Nina Vyatkina at AAAL, which is in Portland OR this year. a good opportunity to meet some of the contributors to the forthcoming SI of LLT (see October 2017), plus many other colleagues. Unfortunately it overlaps with the GERAS conference which I really wanted to go to for the theme this year (I’ll just be on the scientific committee for this, although I’ve completed my maximum 3-term mandate on the association committee).

2017 February 26. Preliminary meetings in Southampton ahead of this year’s Eurocall conference there.

2017 February 17. A general meeting at Paris 7 of the AFLA to decide the future of the association. Re-elected VP with Natalie Kübler, Grégory Miras as president.

2017 January 14. Invited to give a plenary at the Conference Science in Public Dialogue: values, communications, organisation to be held in St. Petersburg in April, 24-25. Assuming it would involve considerable organisation like last year, and with the current workload being what it is, I declined.

2016 December. I’ve been invited to the join the editorial board of Language Learning & Technology, effective next February. An honour!

2016 December. Actually I don’t know what the date was, but the proceedings have been published from the conference in St Petersburg in May, available on line here.

2016 December. Publication of short papers from Eurocall 2016 in Cyprus, including my « Quantifying CALL: significance, effect size and variation ».

2016 December 8. The official 5-yearly visit from the HCERES, the French evaluating body for research and higher education. Everything seemed to go smoothly, we’ll see what the final report has to say.

2016 December 7-8. An invitation back to the Center for English Corpus Linguistics in Louvain la Neuve, to talk to the team and the students had to be cancelled due to the HCERES visit (entry above).

2016 November 24-25. A plenary at Langues sur objectifs spécifiques : perspectives croisées entre linguistique et didactique hosted by ILCEA/LIDILEM in Grenoble.

2016 October 15. I officially became the assistant director of the ATILF today, with a view to becoming director on 1 Jan 2018. Close translations between gulp and gloups. Between now and then though who knows what will happen?!

2016 September. The latest issue of ALSIC has a book review by Maud Ciekanski and me of Geoff Sockett’s « The Online Informal Learning of English ».

2016 September 8-9. This year’s Journées de rentrée de l’Atilf, because of a tradition or an old charter or something, or else because of the transperambulation of pseudocosmic antimatter. Fun and games anyway, though unfortunately without our director Eva Buchi this year.

2016 September 1-3. The annual BAAL conference (British Association for Applied Linguistics), in Cambridge this year. Just managed to combine it with our annual UK trip to see family.

2016 August 22-27. The annual Eurocall conference in Cyprus, with a paper, exec meeting, ReCALL editorial board meeting among other things (including an extremely warm sea…). Next year will be in Southampton, UK; CfP shortly.

2016 July 20-23. My favourite conference series, Teaching and Language Corpora (TaLC), was at Giessen in Germany this year. A pair of papers with Tom Cobb on our meta-analysis of data-driven learning. Good to meet up with a lot of friends.

2016 June 22-26. A plenary at the Asociación Europea de Lenguas para Fines Específicos conference in Guadalajara, Spain. Thank goodness they’re acronymisable (AELFE).

2016 June 29. With Yan Greub and Michel Musiol, presentation of the new project for the Atilf 2018-2022 to the other research units in our « pôle », the vice-president and some members of the Comité Scientifique. I think it went well enough.

2016 May 24-25. Marathon session with 6 dissertation vivas in the M2 MEEF (teacher qualification master’s degree).

2016 May 19-21. An invited workship in Lille organised by Manue Canut with Henry Tyne, Virginie André, Christophe Benzitoun, Maï Leray and Juliette Delahaie: Quelle(s) utilisation(s) des corpus pour la didactique des langues? Most of the Musketeers are back together, so fun should be had.

2016 May 10-15. A short research visit to Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia; originally invited for 2 weeks but it’s just too much at this time of year in particular. The trip includes a plenary at a conference on Humanitarian Educational Environment in Technical Universities, a masterclass on publishing in applied linguistics, and who knows what else.

2016 April 12. A trip to Paris (a) to apply for a visa to Russia, which I’m a bit annoyed nobody will help me with in St Petersburg or in Nancy, and (b) to discuss the future of AFLA with Jean-Paul Narcy-Combes; Marie-Françoise Narcy-Combes and Dominique Macaire representing the Acedle.

2016 April. Examining applications for the yearly recruitment process in Nancy and elsewhere. No fun for anyone – least of all the poor candidates. So many with PhDs in literature or cultural studies applying for jobs oriented towards ESP and research in applied linguistics.

2016 March 31. Submitted a proposal to the International Association for Applied Linguistics (Aila 2017) in Rio on the meta-analysis of DDL I did with Tom Cobb. I’ve no idea if I’m likely to get funding but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Tom and I were invited to a research synthesis symposium at Aila 2014 in Brisbane, so it would round things off nicely. Also it would be good so that AFLA could represent France.

2016 March, and several times a year. HAL ought to be great as a national repository for making research available, but you can never do what you want. They have their reasoning, I have mine, but past correspondence shows that some people aren’t able to admit they might have got it wrong and there’s no point insisting. Hint: I know I’m sometimes wrong.

2016 March 17-19. To the Université Paris 8 in St Denis outside Paris for the annual GERAS conference. Took the early train to arrive on time only to find the campus barricade by striking students. Fortunately the organisers were able to get us in to the Archives Nationales just down the road – thanks to all. I just gave a regular paper, but it was meaningful for me as I stood down at the end of my maximum third term on the exec.; I’ll miss it, but good to hand over to Geneviève Bordet at Paris 7. Also a meeting with my doctoral student, Anaïs Carnet.

2016 March 16. A meeting at the Atilf to see if we’ll be affected by the LUE ISITE thing. Apparently there’s money to be had, but probably not much coming our way.

2016 March 11. Note to self: try to avoid trips away 4 weeks in a row in future.

2016 March 8-10. A visit to the Center for English Corpus Linguistics in Louvain la Neuve (not Leuven), mainly for a PhD defence by Verena Möller who produced a really excellent piece of work: The Impact of Educational Setting: A Study of the English Passive in German EFL and CLIL Learners. I found it odd though to have a private defence in the morning and a public one in the afternoon. The next day I presented my work to CECL and vice versa – they’re such a dynamic team with so many great projects it’s incredible!

2016 March 4. Received the final prints of a paper for ASp from Monique Mémet; it’s printed but won’t be available in full on the website until next year. Boulton, A. 2016. Integrating corpus tools & techniques in ESP courses. ASp, 69: 111-135

2016 March 2-3. An invitation to the ILCF at the Université de Neuchâtel in Switzerland by Alain Kamber, with Carine Skupien, Maud Dubois and colleagues. Lovely place, lovely people, lovely fondue! Plus a bit of snow. Some good discussions with them and their FLE students about uses of corpora and DDL techniques.

2016 February 25-28. To Cyprus for the Eurocall meeting as I’m on the exec.; the annual conference will be there in August. Lovely place, but to keep costs down I had to arrive a day early (oh shame!) and visit the town with Sake Jager from Gröningen University, and then get a taxi back to the airport at 3am on the Sunday. Still, it’s shaping up to be a great conference in a wonderful place, everything on site in a well equipped resort rather than university premises.

2016 February 24. Completed my reviews for this year’s Eurocall conference.

2016 February 18. Tom Cobb and I finally submitted our meta-analysis of data-driven learning, having had to cut the text by 30% as the first version was too long. But meta-analyses are always too long – they’re meta! Anyway, now waiting for reviewer feedback.

2016 February 15. Nina Vyatkina and I are editing a special issue of Language Learning & Technology on « Corpora in language learning and teaching » for 2017. Having received 67 short proposals, we had to turn down a lot of excellent work today as we can only invite a small number of papers – probably only half a dozen will appear in the SI itself.

2016 February 12. All the directors + assistant directors of the research groups at the Atilf had a day out in the country to work on the 5-year plan. Fun and games was had by all, especially after wine with lunch (of course).

2016 February 11. Completed a review for Recherche et Pratiques Pédagogiques en Langues de Spécialité (RPPLS). There are so many reviews though that I probably won’t list them systematically, if at all.

2016 February 5 & 11. We had two ‘scientific’ meetings at the Crapel where each member had an opportunity to present and explain their work, the objective being to find links, imagine new projects and contribute to the prospective part of the new 5-year plan. We now need to think what to do with all this.

2016 February 1. Esma Aboudi arrived from the Université Constantine 1 in Algeria, she’s doing her PhD on La dimension culturelle en classe de FLE, and used the Crapel’s resources (including us) for a week.

2016 January 29. Completed a review for the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT).

2016 January 15. A meeting in Paris for the Acedle with some great talks from Wander Lowie, Heather Hilton, Joëlle Aden and Marjolijn Verspoor. Also some discussion of the future of AFLA, which I’m vice-president of.

2016 January – February. The UL has to produce its 5-year plan, so we’ve been busy trying to produce a synthesis of research activity since Jan 2011 for the Atilf and for the Crapel. Many thanks to everyone who contributed, especially Maud Ciekanski who’s assistant director of the Crapel, and Cornelia Comsa our documentalist.