In recent months, I’ve become involved with the A.S. Hornby Educational Trust as a member of their expert panel for the A.S.Hornby Dictionary Research Awards initiative (ASHDRA). It’s an interesting new role and something I’m really looking forward to being part of it. The scheme aims to facilitate innovative research into areas of lexicography that will feed into practical benefits for learners of English.
We’re particularly interested in research in the following areas:
- Research into low-cost lexicographic resources to improve the learning and teaching of English in under-resourced classrooms in public education contexts
- Classroom research into how learners currently use dictionaries with a view to making recommendations to improve classroom practice
- Research geared to the development of teacher and / or learner training in the use of dictionaries and other lexicographic resources to enhance English language learning
- Critical evaluation of available lexicographic resources (electronic or paper) with proposals and accompanying materials for improving their pedagogical effectiveness
- An investigation of the potential role of dictionaries and/or other lexicographic resources for pupils in schools in English-speaking countries for whom English is an additional language, with proposals and accompanying materials.
- Research geared to the development of lexicographic resources which go beyond the scope of conventional dictionaries and are of practical use for EL learners
The call for proposals for the 2021 award is now open and we welcome proposals for both academic and practitioner research. So, if you’re interested in dictionaries in ELT and have an idea for a research project, find out more on the Hornby website. I’m really looking forward to seeing the range of proposals that come in.