Corpora for Language Teaching
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Languages
Department: English Language Studies
Course Number: NELT 0514
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • English Language Teaching
Description:
This course introduces the use of (mainly online) corpora, or digitalized databases of texts, in language teaching. The field of corpus linguistics has developed rapidly in the last two decades, and corpus data now inform the design of dictionaries, grammar references, and language textbooks. Specialized corpora, such as academic English and spoken language corpora, have become essential resources in the preparation of specially targeted (ESP, EAP) courses. Access to corpora has been facilitated by the rapid growth of (often free) online resources as well as the development of a variety of functional tools, easily accessible in “smart classrooms” and on mobile devices. Students review the history of corpus linguistics, with special reference to lexicography, phraseology, text linguistics, and second language teaching. They experiment with a number of online corpora and their associated functionalities, including concordancing, frequency lists, keywords, and cluster analysis. They develop and report on a small-scale study of a selected genre or register, showing how corpus analysis can inform the design of classroom materials and tasks.
Course Open to: Degree Students