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Title: Exploring Corpora for ESP Learning
Written By: Laura Gavioli
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 21

This book investigates the effects of corpus work on the process of foreign
language learning in ESP settings. It suggests that observing learners at
work with corpus data can stimulate discussion and re-thinking of the
pedagogical implications of both the theoretical and empirical aspects of
corpus linguistics. The ideas presented here are developed from the
Data-Driven Learning approach introduced by Tim Johns in the early
nineties. The experience of watching students perform corpus analysis
provides the basis for the two main observations in the book: a) corpus
work provides students with a useful source of information about ESP
language features, b) the process of "search-and-discovery" implied in the
method of corpus analysis may facilitate language learning and promote
autonomy in learning language use. The discussion is carried out on the
basis of a series of corpus-based "explorations" by students and provides
suggestions for developing new tasks and tools for language learners.

Table of contents

1. Introduction
2. Corpus linguistics and language teaching and learning: a background
3. Theoretical premises for teachers and learners
4. Corpus work, ESP and language learners
5. Guiding the learners to work with corpora and corpus data
6. Learners exploring corpora to observe and produce texts: spies in action
7. Concluding remarks

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027222924
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xi, 176
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
U.S. $ 134