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Title: How to Use Corpora in Language Teaching
Edited By: John McH. Sinclair
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SCL%2012
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 12

After decades of being overlooked, corpus evidence is becoming an important component of the teaching and learning of languages. Above all, the profession needs guidance in the practicalities of using corpora, interpreting the results and applying them to the problems and opportunities of the classroom. This book is intensely practical, written mainly by a new generation of language teachers who are acknowledged experts in central aspects of the discipline. It offers advice on what to do in the classroom, how to cope with teachers' queries about language, what corpora to use including learner corpora and spoken corpora and how to handle the variability of language; it reports on some current research and explains how the access software is constructed, including an opportunity for the practitioner to write small but useful programs; and it takes a look into the future of corpora in language teaching.

Table of contents

List of contributors vii
John McH. Sinclair 1–10
The corpus and the teacher
In the classroom 13
In the classroom: Corpora in the classroom: An overview and some reflections on future developments
Silvia Bernardini 15–36
In preparation: What teachers have always wanted to know — and how corpora can help
Amy B.M. Tsui 39–61
Resources — Corpora
Corpus variety: Corpus linguistics, language variation, and language teaching
Susan Conrad 67–85
Spoken - general: Spoken corpus for an ordinary learner
Anna Mauranen 89–105
Spoken - an example: The use of concordancing in the teaching of Portuguese
Luísa Alice Santos Pereira 109–122
Learner corpora: Learner corpora and their potential for language teaching
Nadja Nesselhauf 125–152
Composition: The use of adverbial connectors in Hungarian university students’ argumentative essays
Gyula Tankó 157–181
Textbooks: A corpus-driven approach to modal auxiliaries and their didactics
Ute Römer 185–199
Resources — Computing
Basic processing: Software for corpus access and analysis
Michael Barlow 205–221
Programming: Simple Perl programming for corpus work
Pernilla Danielsson 225–246
Network: Learner oral corpora and network - based language teaching: Scope and foundations
Pascual Pérez-Paredes 249–268
New evidence, new priorities, new attitudes
John McH. Sinclair 271–299
Notes on contributors 301
Index 305

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Language Acquisition
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