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Using language corpora in initial teacher education: pedagogic issues and practical applications

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dc.contributor.author O'Keeffe, Anne
dc.contributor.author Farr, Fiona
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-13T09:06:29Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-13T09:06:29Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4591
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Recent years have seen a vast increase in the amount of materials such as dictionaries and grammars which are ‘corpus-based’ and it is difficult to dispute the contribution of corpus linguistics to English language description. There have also been many developments in the use of corpora in the classroom in data-driven learning (Johns 1991). However, this rapid development in new technology has not been matched in teacher education provision. This paper aims to make a case for the inclusion of corpus linguistics in initial language teacher education. We argue that apart from enhancing teachers’ research skills and language awareness, language corpora can aid pedagogic awareness through the use of in-house classroom corpora, and raise sociocultural awareness through the comparative investigation of large-scale commercially available corpora. We also look at the theoretical and practical considerations that need to be taken into account in the integration of language corpora in a teacher education program. We conclude that it is vital, given the pervasive nature of language corpora and their findings (especially in published materials), that future teachers have the critical evaluative skills to discern and mediate for the needs of their learners. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher TESOL: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries TESOL Quarterly;37 (3), pp. 389-418
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3588397
dc.subject discourse en_US
dc.subject English en_US
dc.subject grammar en_US
dc.title Using language corpora in initial teacher education: pedagogic issues and practical applications en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2015-08-13T08:45:12Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1130789
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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