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Using Corpora in ELT: A few ideas

Buerki, Andreas ORCID: 2006. Using Corpora in ELT: A few ideas. Presented at: 14th Annual KOTESOL International Conference, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea, 28-29 October 2006. Proceedings of the14th Annual KOTESOL International Conference. pp. 37-48.

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Corpus Linguistics, the study of language patterns using large collections of authentic language samples, is a relatively new discipline. Its influence on English language teaching (ELT) has gained very significant momentum in recent years: 'corpus', and 'corpus-based' have become veritable buzz-words among large sections of the ELT community. This short paper sets the scene with a brief look at what corpora are and will then look at potential benefits of using corpora. Finally, three practical ideas of how corpora could be used in ELT will be presented. This will hopefully spark readers' interest and creativity with regards to incorporating corpus-based approaches into their own teaching practice. Examples from the author's own practice are drawn from the areas of using corpora to tackle lexico-grammatical problems, explore collocations and grade reading materials. A short bibliography of selected corpus tools and materials will also be provided to enable readers to follow up on the topic.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
ISSN: 1598-0472
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 15:45

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