Edited By Piotr Pezik
Creating Corpus-Driven Teaching and Learning Resources for Secondary School Grammar Teaching: Bas Aarts, Dan Clayton and Sean Wallis
Creating Corpus-Driven Teaching and Learning Resources for Secondary School Grammar Teaching Bas Aarts, Dan Clayton and Sean Wallis Abstract In this article we describe a project at the Survey of English Usage, University College London which aims to build a web-based teaching and learning platform for teachers and students in secondary schools. The platform will consist of an interactive structured English language course with lesson modules, exercises, projects, etc. which dynamically access the parsed British Component of the International Corpus of English (ICE-GB). We will show how the corpus can be used in delivering lesson materials in secondary school classrooms. Keywords Grammar, grammar teaching, corpora, language teaching in schools Introduction The English language plays a very important role in the British National Curriculum (NC). Great demands are made of teachers at secondary schools to teach complex linguistic and grammatical concepts, as laid down in the NC. They have understandable difficulties with this, given the very limited linguistic training they have received at teacher training college The teachers’ students also have difficulties with learning complex grammatical concepts, because typically, in the tradition of grammar teaching, invented examples are used. Students find these difficult to relate to real linguistic settings and almost impossible to apply to their own language production. Regarding the lack of expertise in grammar teaching Hudson and Walmsley write: Most younger teachers know very little grammar and are suspicious of explicit grammar teaching. Not surprisingly, therefore, new recruits entering teacher-training courses typically either know very little grammar (Williamson and...
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