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Corpus Linguistics in Language Teaching

Harris, Tony / Moreno Jaén, María (eds)

Corpus Linguistics in Language Teaching

Series: Linguistic Insights - Volume 128

Year of Publication: 2010

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 214 pp., num. tables and graphs
ISBN 978-3-0343-0524-2 pb.  (Softcover)
ISBN 978-3-0351-0166-9 (eBook)

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Book synopsis

Derived from the successful International Seminar on Corpus Linguistics, New Trends in Language Teaching and Translation Studies: In Honour of John Sinclair (Granada, September 2008), organised by the research groups ADELEX (Assessing and Developing Lexical Competence) and ECPC (European Comparable and Parallel Corpora), seven contributions from well-known scholars in the field focus their attention on recent advances made in Corpus Linguistics in Language Teaching. The first four chapters deal with more practical issues of applying corpora to language learning and teaching, examining particularly the integration of data-driven learning and different types of corpora including pedagogical, spoken multimedia and parallel. The last three chapters are concerned more with corpus-based research for language teaching arguing for more refined statistical methodology, comparing conversational features of the British National Corpus with a micro-corpus of movies and forwarding the case for research into corpus-based, meaning-oriented multimodal annotation, respectively. This volume is homage to John Sinclair’s academic legacy and the groundbreaking work which continues to honour his name.

Contents

Contents: Tony Harris/María Moreno Jaén: Introduction – Alex Boulton: Data-Driven Learning: On Paper, in Practice – Pascual Pérez-Paredes: Corpus Linguistics and Language Education in Perspective: Appropriation and the Possibilities Acenario – Sabine Braun: Getting past ‘Groundhog Day’: Spoken Multimedia Corpora for Student-centred Corpus Exploration – Angela Chambers: Contrastive Language Data: From Translation Studies to Language Learning and Teaching – Stefan Th. Gries: Methodological skills in Corpus Linguistics: A Polemic and Some Pointers towards Quantitative Methods – María Elena Rodríguez Martín: Comparing Parts of Speech and Semantic Domains in the BNC and a Micro-corpus of Movies: Is Film Language the ‘Real Thing’? – Anthony Baldry/Kay L. O’Halloran: Research into the Annotation of a Multimodal Corpus of University Websites: An Illustration of Multimodal Corpus Linguistics.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Tony Harris is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Granada. One of his main areas of research is non-verbal communication in language teaching. He has published numerous articles such as «Listening with your eyes: the importance of speech-related gestures in the language classroom» in Foreign Language Annals and «Teacher gestures» in Teacher Trainer. He is currently working on a multimodal analysis of nonverbal behaviour in film clips.
María Moreno Jaén lectures in Applied Linguistics at the University of Granada. She has published a number of articles on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), corpus-based lexical teaching and testing, including the recent «An update of ADELEX: Developing the lexical competence of Spanish university students through ICT in the ESHE» in Computer Assisted Language Learning, co-authored with Carmen Pérez Basanta. She has co-edited issues in journals such as Language Forum and Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics.

Reviews

«(...) the present volume makes a strong contribution to the field of corpus linguistics application in language teaching.» (Papaioannou Vasiliki, The Linguist List)

Series

Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 128
Edited by Maurizio Gotti