How to Use Corpora in Second Language Teaching

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After decades of being overlooked, corpus evidence is becoming an important component of the teaching and learning of languages. Above all, the profession needs guidance in the practicalities of using corpora, interpreting the results and applying them to the problems and opportunities of the classroom. This book is intensely practical, written mainly by a new generation of language teachers who are acknowledged experts in central aspects of the discipline. It offers advice on what to do in the classroom, how to ...
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Overview

After decades of being overlooked, corpus evidence is becoming an important component of the teaching and learning of languages. Above all, the profession needs guidance in the practicalities of using corpora, interpreting the results and applying them to the problems and opportunities of the classroom. This book is intensely practical, written mainly by a new generation of language teachers who are acknowledged experts in central aspects of the discipline. It offers advice on what to do in the classroom, how to cope with teachers' queries about language, what corpora to use including learner corpora and spoken corpora and how to handle the variability of language; it reports on some current research and explains how the access software is constructed, including an opportunity for the practitioner to write small but useful programs; and it takes a look into the future of corpora in language teaching.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588114914
  • Publisher: Benjamins, John Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Series: Studies in Corpus Linguistics Series
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 1,380,106
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction 1
Corpora in the classroom : an overview and some reflections on future developments 15
What teachers have always wanted to know - and how corpora can help 39
Corpus linguistics, language variation, and language teaching 67
Spoken corpus for an ordinary learner 89
The use of concordancing in the teaching of portuguese 109
Learner corpora and their potential for language teaching 125
The use of adverbial connectors in Hungarian university students' argumentative essays 157
A corpus-driven approach to modal auxiliaries and their didactics 185
Software for corpus access and analysis 205
Simple Perl programming for corpus work 225
Learner oral corpora and network-based language teaching : scope and foundations 249
New evidence, new priorities, new attitudes 271
Notes on contributors 301
Index 305
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