Small Corpus Studies and ELT

Small Corpus Studies and ELT : Theory and Practice

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Recent developments in this field of small corpus studies, largely brought about by the personal computer, have yielded remarkable insights into the nature and use of real language. This book presents work by a number of leading researchers in the field and covers a series of topics directly related to language teaching and language research. The ultimate aim of this book is to encourage the exploitation of small corpora by the ELT profession to make language learning more effective. In addition to descriptions of the basic corpus analysis tools, chapters in the collection cover syllabus and materials design, comparisons of different genres, descriptions of local and functional grammars, compilation and use of learner corpora, and making cross-linguistic comparisons. The message of this collection is that language use is purposeful and culture specific and that small corpus analysis is an effective method of linguistic investigation. Preface by: John Sinclair;show more

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  • Hardback | 444 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 27.9mm | 703.08g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588110354
  • 9781588110350

Table of contents

1. Preface (by Sinclair, John McH.); 2. Introduction (by Ghadessy, Mohsen); 3. Section I: Corpus analysis: from large to small; 4. 1. Large corpora, small corpora, and the learning of "language" (by Beaugrande, Robert de); 5. Section II: Tools for small corpus analysis; 6. 2. Using small corpora to investigate learner needs: Two vocabulary research tools (by Nation, I.S.P.); 7. 3. Comparing corpora and identifying key words, collocations, and frequency distributions through the Word Smith Tools suite of computer programs (by Scott, Mike); 8. Section III: Analysing and teaching language variation in genres through small corpora; 9. 4. Concordancing as a tool in course design (by Flowerdew, John); 10. 5. Using a small corpus to obtain data for teaching a genre (by Henry, Alex); 11. 6. Small corpora and language variation: Reflexivity across genres (by Bondi, Marina); 12. 7. Investigating and teaching genres using the World Wide Web (by Ooi, Vincent B.Y.); 13. Section IV: Small corpora and the investigation of English structure; 14. 8. Classroom use of a systemic functional small learner corpus (by Ragan, Peter H.); 15. 9. Specialised corpus, local and functional grammars (by Barnbrook, Geoff); 16. Section V: Using parallel corpora as a source of classroom data; 17. 10. Collecting, aligning and analysing parallel corpora (by Lawson, Ann); 18. 11. Corpus, comparison, culture: Doing the same things differently in different cultures (by Thompson, Geoff); 19. 12. Small corpora and translation: Comparing thematic organization in two languages (by Ghadessy, Mohsen); 20. Section VI: Using learner corpora in ELT; 21. 13. The exploitation of small learner corpora in EAP materials design (by Flowerdew, Lynne); 22. 14. Small corpora and teaching writing (by Tribble, Christopher); 23. Name index; 24. Subject indexshow more