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
Description:
This course offers an introduction to the use of (mainly online) corpora (i.e. digitalized data-bases 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, e.g. of academic English, spoken language, etc, have become essential resources for the preparation of especially targeted (ESP, EAP) courses. Moreover, 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, and their ease of access in ‘smart classrooms’ and on mobile devices . In this course, students will review the history of corpus linguistics, with special reference to lexicography, phraseology, text linguistics, and second language teaching; they will experiment with a number of online corpora and their associated functionalities, including concordancing, frequency lists, keywords, and cluster analysis; and they will design, 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