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Job Interview Corpus

Data Transcription and Major Topics in Corpus Linguistics

Daniela Wawra

The aim of this book and its accompanying audio files is to make accessible a corpus of 40 authentic job interviews conducted in English. The recordings and transcriptions of the interviews published here may be used by students, teachers and researchers alike for linguistic analyses of spoken discourse and as authentic material for language learning in the classroom. The book includes an introduction to corpus linguistics, offering insight into different kinds of corpora and discussing their main characteristics. Furthermore, major features of the discourse genre job interview are outlined and detailed information is given concerning the job interview corpus published in this book.
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4. The job interview corpus

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The job interviews were conducted in April and October 2001, October 2003, April 2004, and October 2004 at the University of Passau, ­Germany, with 17 male and 23 female exchange students from Great Britain, ­Ireland, the United States, and Australia. The interviews were audio-taped and comprise about 425 minutes of recording time altogether. You will find information on the age, sex and origins of the interviewees at the beginning of the respective interviews in section 7. The interviews are ­authentic: They were conducted to find students with English as a native ­language for the job of a phonetics tutor. Only exchange students who confirmed their interest in the post were invited to an interview. The phonetics ­tutorials were an accompanying class to an introductory course on English phonetics and phonology at the University of Passau. In these tutorials the ­English native speakers were to conduct practical pronunciation exercises with the German students to help them improve their pronunciation in English. The tutors were to teach four hours a week and they were paid € 160 per month. The interviewer was the author of this book and teacher of the introductory class on English phonetics and phonology.

Prior to compiling a list of interview questions, a job profile was worked out. It contains major practical and social requirements that a phonetics tutor should have:

This job profile was to make sure that the interview questions would reveal as much as possible about the aptitude of the...

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