Dr Geraint Rees


Research Fellow
BA, MA, PhD
+44 (0)1483 689960
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Biography

Biography

Geraint joined the University of Surrey in 2017 as a Research Fellow on the AHRC funded Collocaid Project. The project involves combining corpus-based lexicographical data and text editors to help writers of English for Academic Purposes. Geraint is currently a candidate for a PhD in Language and Translation Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona. Geraint's doctoral scholarship, awarded by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the University Institute for Applied Linguistics (IULA), supported his research on disciplinary differences in English for Academic Purposes and their representation in lexicographical resources and teaching materials.

Geraint specialises in ESP lexicography (with particular emphasis on EAP), the use of corpora in language teaching and translation, and digital learning environments. He is particularly interested in phraseological approaches to language teaching

Research interests

Special purpose and pedagogical lexicography

Academic discourse

Phraseology

Language testing

Materials design

Corpus linguistics

Affiliations

Geraint is a member of the European Association for Lexicography (EURALEX) and the Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics (AESLA)

My publications

Publications

Frankenberg-Garcia Ana, Lew R, Roberts J, Rees Geraint, Sharma N (2018) Developing a writing assistant to help EAP writers with
collocations in real time,
ReCALL Cambridge University Press
Corpora have given rise to a wide range of lexicographic resources aimed at helping novice
users of academic English with their writing. This includes academic vocabulary lists, a variety
of textbooks, and even a bespoke academic English dictionary. However, writers may not be
familiar with these resources or may not be sufficiently aware of the lexical shortcomings of
their emerging texts to trigger the need to use such help in the first place. Moreover, writers who
have to stop writing to look up a word can be distracted from getting their ideas down on paper.
The ColloCaid project aims to address this problem by integrating information on collocation
with text editors. In this paper, we share the research underpinning the initial development of
ColloCaid by detailing the rationale of (1) the lexicographic database we are compiling to
support novice EAP users? collocation needs and (2) the preliminary visualisation decisions
taken to present information on collocation to EAP users without disrupting their writing. We
conclude the paper by outlining the next steps in the research.
Frankenberg-Garcia Ana, Lew Robert, Roberts Jonathan C., Rees Geraint Paul, Sharma Nirwan (2018) Developing a writing assistant to help EAP writers with collocations in real time, ReCALL pp. 1-17 Cambridge University Press
Corpora have given rise to a wide range of lexicographic resources aimed at helping novice users of academic English with their writing. This includes academic vocabulary lists, a variety of textbooks, and even a bespoke academic English dictionary. However, writers may not be familiar with these resources or may not be sufficiently aware of the lexical shortcomings of their emerging texts to trigger the need to use such help in the first place. Moreover, writers who have to stop writing to look up a word can be distracted from getting their ideas down on paper. The ColloCaid project (www.collocaid.uk) aims to address these problems by integrating information on collocation with text editors. In this paper, we share the research underpinning the initial development of ColloCaid by detailing the rationale of (1) the lexicographic database we are compiling to support the collocation needs of novice users of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and (2) the preliminary visualisation decisions taken to present information on collocation to EAP users without disrupting their writing. We conclude the paper by outlining the next steps in the research.

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