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Rethinking Language Pedagogy from a Corpus Perspective

Papers from the third international conference on Teaching and Language Corpora

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Lou Burnard and Tony McEnery

This selection of edited papers from the third international conference on Teaching and Language Corpora, held at Keble College Oxford in 1998, bears witness to the continued expansion of this interdisciplinary field. The use of computer corpora is no longer seen as an end in itself, but rather as an indispensable tool in language pedagogy, both by providing better grounded decisions about the topics to be taught and by facilitating the production of better teaching materials. Computer corpora also encourage a shift towards learner-centred exploratory teaching practice, which are shown to be effective in a wide variety of contexts.
Contents: Guy Aston: Corpora and language teaching – Jeremy Clear: Do you believe in Grammar? – Michael Hoey: The hidden lexical clues of textual organisation: a preliminary investigation into an unusual text from a corpus perspective – Rita Simpson, Bret Lucka, and Janine Ovens: Methodological challenges of planning a spoken corpus with pedagogical outcomes – Heloisa Collins: Materials design and language corpora: a report in the context of Distance Education – Pierre-Yves Foucou and Natalie Kübler: A web-based environment for teaching technical English – Christopher Tribble: Genres, keywords, teaching: towards a pedagogic account of the language of project proposals – Paul Thompson: Citation practices in PhD theses – Mike Scott: Focusing on the text and its key words – Yukio Tono: A computer learner corpus based analysis of the acquisition order of English grammatical morphemes – Winnie Cheng and Martin Warren: The Hong Kong Corpus of Spoken English: language learning through language description – Lynne Flowerdew: Investigating referential and pragmatic errors in a learner corpus – Eva Eppler, Robert Crawshaw and Caroline Clapham: The Interculture Project corpus: data classification, access and the development of intercultural competence – John Osborne: What can students learn from a corpus?: building bridges between data and explanation – Mark Davies: Using multi-million word corpora of historical and dialectical Spanish texts to teach advanced courses in Spanish linguistics – Josef Szakos: Producing and using corpora in Chinese language education – Angela Hahn: Grammar at its best: The development of a rule- and corpus-based grammar of English tenses – Barbara Seidlhofer: Operationalizing intertextuality: using learner corpora for learning – Silvia Bernardini: Systematising serendipity: Proposals for concordancing large corpora with language learners – Jennifer Pearson: Surfing the Internet: teaching students to choose their texts wisely.