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Engineering English : a lexical frequency instruction model.

Mudraya, Olga (2006) Engineering English : a lexical frequency instruction model. English for Specific Purposes, 25 (2). pp. 235-256. ISSN 0889-4906

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Abstract

This paper argues for the integration of the lexical approach with a data-driven corpus-based methodology in English teaching for technical students, particularly students of Engineering. It presents the findings of the author’s computer-aided research, which aimed to establish a frequency-based corpus of student engineering lexis. The Student Engineering English Corpus (SEEC), reported here, contains nearly 2,000,000 running words reduced to 1200 word families or 9000 word-types encountered in engineering textbooks that are compulsory for all engineering students, regardless of their fields of specialization. The most immediate implication arising from this research is that sub-technical vocabulary as well as Academic English should be given more attention in the ESP classroom. The paper illustrates some sample data-driven instructional activities consistent with the lexical approach, in order to help students acquire the so-called language prefabs, or formulaic multi-word units/collocations, for technical and non-technical uses. The integration of the lexical approach with a corpus linguistic methodology can enrich the learners’ language experience and raise their language awareness, bringing out the researcher in them.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: English for Specific Purposes
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 8394
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 22 Apr 2008 15:23
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/8394

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