From Corpus to Classroom Language Use and Language Teaching

ISBN-10: 0521616867
ISBN-13: 9780521616867
Edition: 2007
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Description: From Corpus to Classroom summarises and makes accessible recent work in corpus research, focusing particularly on spoken data. It is based on analysis of corpora such as CANCODE and Cambridge International Corpus, and written with particular  More...

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List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

From Corpus to Classroom summarises and makes accessible recent work in corpus research, focusing particularly on spoken data. It is based on analysis of corpora such as CANCODE and Cambridge International Corpus, and written with particular reference to the development of corpus-informed pedagogy. The book explains how corpora can be designed and used, and focuses on what they tell us about language teaching. It examines the relevance of corpora to materials writers, course designers and language teachers and considers the needs of the learner in relation to authentic data. It shows how the answers to key questions such as 'Is there a basic, everyday vocabulary for English?', 'How should idioms be taught?' and 'What are the most common spoken language chunks?' are best explored by means of a clearer understanding of the workings of language in context.

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
Introduction: the basics
What is a corpus and how can we use it?
Which corpus, what for and what size?
How to make a basic corpus
Basic corpus linguistic techniques
Lexico-grammatical profiles
How have corpora been used?
How have corpora influenced language teaching?
Issues and debates in the use of corpora in language teaching
Establishing basic and advanced levels in vocabulary learning
Introduction
Frequency and native-speaker vocabulary size
The most frequent words and the core vocabulary
The broad categories of a basic vocabulary
Chunks at the basic level
The basic level: conclusion
The advanced level
Targets
The vocabulary curve
The 6,000 to 10,000 word band
Meanings and connotations
Breadth and depth
Lessons from the analysis of chunks
Introduction
The single word
Collocation
Strings of words in corpora
Phraseology and idiomaticity
Looking at corpus data
Interpreting the data: chunks and single words
Chunks and units of interaction
Conclusions and implications
Idioms in everyday use and in language teaching
Introduction
Finding and classifying idioms
Frequency
Meaning
Functions of idioms
Idioms in specialised contexts
Idioms in teaching and learning
Grammar and lexis and patterns
Introduction
The example of border
Grammar rules and patterns: deterministic and probabilistic
The get-passive: an extended case study
Previous studies of the get-passive
Get-passives and related forms
Core get-passive constructions in the CANCODE sub-corpus
Discussion
Grammar as structure and grammar as probabilities: the example of ellipsis
Conclusions and implications
Grammar, discourse and pragmatics
Introduction
Non-restrictive which-clauses
Previous studies of which-clauses
Concordance analysis of which-clauses
If-clauses
Wh-cleft clauses
Bringing the insights together
Corpus grammar and pedagogy
Listenership and response
Introduction
Forms of listenership
Response tokens across varieties of English
Functions of response tokens
Conclusions and implications
Relational language
Introduction
Conversational routines
Small talk
Discourse markers
Hedging
Vagueness and approximation
Conclusions and implications
Language and creativity: creating relationships
Introduction
Spoken language and creativity
Corpora and creativity
Creative speakers
Applications to pedagogy
Corpus to pedagogy: creating relationships
SUEs and creativity
Quantitative and qualitative
Conclusions
Specialising: academic and business corpora
Introduction
Written academic English
Written academic English: examples of frequency
Spoken academic corpora
Spoken academic English, conversation and spoken business English
The CANBEC business corpus
Chunks
Problem and its institutional construction in CANBEC
Summary
Pedagogical implications
Exploring teacher corpora
Introduction
Classroom discourse
Frameworks for the analysis of classroom language
Applying the frameworks to a corpus of classroom data
Looking at questioning in the classroom
Teacher corpora in professional development
Conclusions and considerations
Coda
References
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Author index
Subject index
Publisher's acknowledgements

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