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Corpora and language teaching: Just a fling, or wedding bells?

Gabrielatos, Costas (2005) Corpora and language teaching: Just a fling, or wedding bells? TESL-EJ, 8 (4). pp. 1-37. ISSN 1072-4303

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    Abstract

    Electronic language corpora, and their attendant computer software, are proving increasingly influential in language teaching as sources of language descriptions and pedagogical materials. However, few teachers are clear about their nature or their relevance to language teaching. This paper defines corpora and their types, discusses their contribution to language learning and teaching, and provides examples of their use in class. It also outlines the changes in knowledge, skills and attitudes that are needed for learners and teachers to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the availability of corpus resources. Finally, the paper discusses the limitations of using corpora in language teaching, and the potential pitfalls arising from their uncritical use. Although the paper refers to research and teaching materials and procedures relevant to English language teaching (ELT) it addresses issues related to language teaching in general.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: TESL-EJ
    Uncontrolled Keywords: corpus linguistics ; corpora ; language teaching ; teaching methodology ; teacher education ; ELT ; TESOL ; EFL ; ESOL ; ESP ; EAP
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 530
    Deposited By: Mr Costas Gabrielatos
    Deposited On: 06 Jun 2007
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:13
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/530

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