Corpus-based activities in the EFL classroom

Daskalovska, Nina (2009) Corpus-based activities in the EFL classroom. Lingua Summit 2009. pp. 46-49.

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This paper discusses the use of corpus-based activities in the EFL classroom. Starting with Ellis’s premise that what learners can find out for themselves is better remembered than what they are simply told, it argues that analyzing and interpreting concordance lines, and drawing conclusions about certain linguistic aspects is not only motivational and engaging, but it is also very beneficial for language learners. The application of the corpus-based approach is illustrated by an exercise that can be used to teach derivative word forms, which is an important aspect of language teaching and learning, as it is one of the main ways of increasing one’s vocabulary, and studies on L2 acquisition have shown that learners have problems recognizing and producing derivatives. Key words: corpora, concordance software, English language teaching, corpus-based activities, derivative word forms.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Philology
Depositing User: Nina Daskalovska
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2012 14:27
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2012 14:56

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