Learning Content

Student project showcases

As part of our third task for this intellectual output, we created short assessable research projects to compliment the blocks of the UPSKILLS learning content. These projects, the creation of which followed a set of dedicated guidelines that we compiled specifically for this task, are embedded in the relevant UPSKILLS Moodle blocks.

During the piloting phase, students from a number of partner institutions had the opportunity to take part in such projects and have shared their experience with us in the form of blog posts, which we showcase below. 

Extra! Showcases from the UPSKILLS summer school (July 2023)

During the last day of our summer school in Petnica, the students who participated in it showcased their work, outlining their individual or group project’s aim and how it was achieved, by choosing between a presentation or a poster format. Below you can find these additional showcases, following a brief description of each one of the relevant projects.

Collecting language data from human participants

For this project, students chose a topic from the areas of morphophonology/morphosyntax, second language acquisition and sociolinguistics, selected a suitable method (e.g. elicited production) and designed a small-scale study, by formulating a research question, specifying conditions, preparing stimuli and planning data analysis. 

You can also download the whole group’s presentation masterfile here

Language Variation: Investigating double object constructions

This project focused on theory, particularly on the problem represented by double object constructions which are possible in typologically unrelated languages.  Besides learning the key theoretical concepts, by the end of the summer school, students also acquired some basic notions of text processing and statistics. 

Computer programming for language students

For this project, students used the programming concepts learned in class to make a hangman game, developing skills connected to reading text files, input/output, loops and conditions, as well as text searching and manipulation.

You can also download the group’s code here

Text processing: Building, sharing and archiving corpora

For this project, students described the similarities and differences in meaning and evaluation conveyed by a set of near synonyms in languages of their choice, by designing, compiling and analysing dedicated corpora.