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Using corpora: from learning to research

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One of the most exciting aspects of corpora is that they may be used to good advantage both in research and teaching. A brief historical sketch is given, stressing the importance of studying language in context. If learners are given access to corpora, they can be encouraged to observe language in use. With access to corpora, language learning may become a process of discovery, a form of research, an exciting and probably also effective way of learning. These ideas, which are by no means new, are explored with reference to examples drawn from a bilingual corpus. Some comments are made on the use of a learner language corpus. In conclusion, a plea is made for more systematic evaluation of the use of corpora in language teaching, and for the connection of work on corpora and teaching with research on second language acquisition.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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