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Title: Corpora and Language Teaching
Edited By: Karin Aijmer
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SCL%2033
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 33


The articles in this edited volume represent a broad coverage of areas. They
discuss the role and effectiveness of corpora and corpus-linguistic
techniques for language teaching but also deal with broader issues such as
the relationship between corpora and second language teaching and how the
different perspectives of foreign language teachers and applied linguists can
be reconciled. A number of concrete examples are given of how authentic
corpus material can be used for different learning activities in the classroom.
It is also shown how specific learner problems for example in the area of
phraseology can be studied on the basis of learner corpora and textbook
corpora. On the basis of learner corpora of speech and writing it is further
shown that even advanced learners of English are uncertain about stylistic
and text type differences.

Table of contents

List of contributors vii–viii
Introduction: Corpora and language teaching
Karin Aijmer 1–10
Part 1. Corpora and second-language acquisition 11
The contribution of learner corpora to second language acquisition and foreign
language teaching: A critical evaluation
Sylviane Granger 13–332
Some thoughts on corpora and second-language acquisition
Stig Johansson 33–44
Part 2. The direct corpus approach 45
Who benefits from learning how to use corpora?
Solveig Granath 47–65
Oslo Interactive English: Corpus-driven exercises on the Web
Signe Oksefjell-Ebeling 67–82
Corpus research and practice: What help do teachers need and what can we
Ute Römer 83–98
Part 3. The indirect corpus approach 99
Themes in Swedish advanced learners' writing in English
Jennifer Herriman and Mia Bostrom Aronsson 101–120
Thematic choice and expression of stance in English argumentative texts by
Norwegian learners
Hilde Hasselgård 121–139
The usefulness of corpus-based descriptions of English for learners: The
case of relative frequency
Susan Hunston 141–154
Part 4. New types of corpora 155
Income/interest/net: Using internal criteria to determine the aboutness of a
Winnie Cheng 157–177
New types of corpora for new educational challenges: Collecting, annotating
and exploiting a corpus of textbook material
Fanny Meunier and Céline Gouverneur 179–201
The grammar of conversation in advanced spoken learner English: Learner
corpus data and language-pedagogical implications
Joybrato Mukherjee 203–230
Index 231–232

"Aijmer has succeeded in bringing together ten noteworthy contributions that
allow the volume (and its readers) to take stock of the the state of the current
relationship between corpora and language teaching. [...] this volume
presents a collection of cutting edge research which is likely to be highly
influential in shaping future directions in the area of corpus linguistics and
language teaching."
Lieven Buysse, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, in International Journal of
Corpus Linguistics Vol. 14:4: 549-556 (2009)

"... this volume edited by Karin Aijmer will serve as a welcome guide and
source of inspiration for language teachers who want a new tool for
educational challenges."
Jan Svartvik, Lund University, Sweden

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9027223157
ISBN-13: 9789027223159
Pages: 232
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