Research and Applications for Foreign Language Teaching and Assessment
Edited By Erik Castello, Katherine Ackerley and Francesca Coccetta
The Compilation and Use of a CMC Learner Corpus for Japanese University Students
This chapter will describe the design process of a language course using Computer-mediated Communication (CMC) and will explain the choice and use of digital materials with the purpose of compiling and using a learner corpus. The chapter has three main sections. First, course design using CMC for English classes in a Japanese university context is explained and justified, together with an outline of how the learner corpus was compiled. Second, the basic details of the learner corpus and a native-speaker reference corpus are presented, followed by the results of corpus analysis showing convergent and divergent usage of pronouns by the Japanese learners. Third, the pedagogical benefits of using a course designed around CMC is explored: first by showing an example of how corpus analysis can contribute to course material development, then by discussing the results of a survey that showed how the course helped to increase students’ motivation. The chapter concludes that corpus analysis of student CMC makes it easy to identify learner needs by highlighting tendencies that are common to the group in an EFL context, which can thus contribute to course and material development. ← 103 | 104 →
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