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Corpora in Language Teaching and Learning

Potential, Evaluation, Challenges

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Yvonne Breyer

This book highlights the potential and the challenges of corpora in language education with a particular focus on the teacher’s perspective. For this purpose, the study explores the relevance of the corpus approach to central paradigms underlying contemporary language education. Furthermore, a critical analysis investigates the persisting gap between research findings and their implementation in teaching practices. As a result, key factors in advancing the popularisation of corpora in language education are identified. A survey and a case study verify this gap and, importantly, underline the pivotal role of adequate teacher education if corpus-based language teaching is to make any significant impact on current teaching practices.
Contents: Corpus linguistics – Corpora in language education – Language awareness – Learner autonomy – Authenticity – Data-driven learning – Popularisation of corpora – Language teacher education – Concordancing software – Survey – Questionnaire.