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LINGUIST List 16.3644

Wed Dec 21 2005

Sum: Use of Corpora in Language Testing

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        1.    Fiona Barker, Use of Corpora in Language Testing

Message 1: Use of Corpora in Language Testing
Date: 21-Dec-2005
From: Fiona Barker <barker.fcambridgeassessment.org.uk>
Subject: Use of Corpora in Language Testing

Regarding query: http://www.linguistlist.org/issues/16/16-2832.html#2

Dear list members

Further to my recent posting to this and other discussion lists I have
received a number of responses on corpora and language testing, summarised

1) Eric Atwell (Leeds University) directed me to several papers related to
corpora and language testing in the ICAME Journal, published by the
International Computer Archive of Modern and medieval English.

Danny Minn, Hiroshi Sano, Marie Ino and Takahiro Nakamura. 2005. Using the
BNC to create and develop educational materials and a website for learners
of English. vol.29 pp.99-115

Emi Izumi, Kiyotaka Uchimoto and Hitoshi Isahara. 2004. SST speech corpus
of Japanese learners' English and automatic detection of learners' errors.
vol.28 pp.31-48

Eric Atwell, Peter Howarth and Clive Souter. 2003. The ISLE Corpus: Italian
and German Spoken Learners' English. vol.27 pp.5-18

Norma A. Pravec. 2002. Survey of learner corpora. vol.26 pp.81-114

2) Ana Frankenberg-Garcia (Lisbon) mentioned her article:
Frankenberg-Garcia, A. (2005) ''Pedagogical uses of Monolingual and
Parallel Concordances'' ELT Journal 59/3, June 2005, pp 189-198. PDF

3) Chantal Enguehard (Nantes) directed me to her English corpus on metal
chemestry (CoRRecT). This is used as a bank test to evaluate systems that
recognize terms in texts.

4) Minako Yamada (Japan) is interested in language assessment from the
perspective of sociocultural theory and directed me to her study: Yamada,
Minako (2005). Task proficiency and L1 private speech. IRAL, 43, 81-108.
Task proficiency and L1 private speech
(link via Extenza)

5) DJ Hatch (Belgrade) provided a reference and is currently looking at the
relationship between the use of corpora based tests and teaching via
'authentic' (or 'natural language') materials.
Alderson, J.C. (1996). Do corpora have a role in language assessment? In
J.A. Thomas & M.H.Short (Eds.), Using corpora for language research
(pp.248-59). London: Longman.
You can also read a couple of short articles I have written on this subject:
Ball, F. (2001). Using corpora in language testing. Research Notes 6, 6-8,
Barker, F. (2004). Using corpora in language testing. Modern English
Teacher, 13(2), 63-67.
I would like to thank everyone who responded to my query and would welcome
any further information on past, present and future uses of corpora in
language assessment/testing.

Best wishes
Fiona Barker

Dr Fiona Barker
Validation Officer
Cambridge ESOL
1 Hills Road

Tel. +44 1223 553806
Fax. +44 1223 553083
e-mail: barker.fcambridgeassessment.org.uk


Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

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