"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
This book provides an up-to-date snapshot of recent research and developments in the use of corpora for language learning and teaching. It is divided into three parts. Part I focusses on innovative uses of corpora by language teachers and learners. These cover the world's first corpus-based TV program for the teaching of English conversation, as well as corpus-based approaches to the teaching of EAP, cultural studies and translation. Part II focuses on new corpus-based tools for LSP learning. Part III illustrates research findings from corpora consisting of language learner data and discusses their implications for language teaching and learning. It will appeal to scholars in both language teaching and learning and corpus and computational linguistics.
"In this collection we see how corpora can bring benefits to students in such diverse areas as translation studies, academic writing and general language education. The chapters also remind us of how valuable it is to use corpus tools to investigate learner language and – centrally – of how and why one might put the tools for investigating language corpora into the hands of learners themselves. This is essential reading for language teachers and researchers with an interest in the direction of travel of corpus applications in language education. The volume helps us to understand where we have come from and points out those areas where we are likely to see the most value in future work in the investigation and use of corpus data in foreign language teaching and learning." Christopher Tribble, Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, Department of Education and Professional Studies King's College, London, UK
Contents: Introduction \ Preface by Lou Burnard \ Part I. Corpora with language learners \ 1. TALC in action: recent innovations in corpus-based English language teaching in Japan Yukio Tono \ 2. Using a corpus to teach rhetorical functions: students' evaluation of a hands-on concordancing approach Maggie Charles \ 3. Tracing the Emo side of life: using a corpus of an alternative youth culture discourse to teach cultural studies Bernhard Kettemann \ 4.Working with different corpora in translation teaching Natalie Kübler \ 5. A guided collaboration tool for online concordancing with EAP learners Przemyslaw Kaszubski \ Part II. Corpora for language learners \ 6. A corpus-based approach to automatic feedback for learners' miscollocations Anne Li-E Liu, David Wible and Nai-Lung Tsao \ 7. Multimodal functional-notional concordancing Francesca Coccetta \ 8. Academic language and corpus integration in context-based MT Alejandro Curado Fuentes \ 9. Using Corpora in the Learning and Teaching of Phraseological Variation Martin Warren \ 10. The SACODEYL search tool: exploiting corpora for language learning purposes Johannes Widmann, Kurt Kohn and Ramon Ziai \ Part III. Corpora by language learners: learner language \ 11. Oral learner corpora and assessment of speaking skills John Osborne \ 12. Positive and negative evaluation in native and learner speech Sylvie De Cock \ 13. BAWE: an introduction to a new resource Hilary Nesi \ 14. Exploring the marking of stance in argumentative essays written by EFL learners and native speakers of English Anna-Maria Hatzitheodorou and Marina Mattheoudakis \ 15. Polishing papers for publication: palimpsests or procrustean beds? John McKenny and Karen Bennett \ Bibliography \ Index