Corpora in Promoting Second Language Learning Research Paper by write123

Corpora in Promoting Second Language Learning
An analysis of the benefits of using corpora in the classroom in order to promote second language learning and a discussion of how teachers can overcome the difficulties of its use.
# 105757 | 3,197 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 17, 2008 in Education (Reading) , Education (Teaching Methods) , Language (General)

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This paper examines how the use of corpora in the classroom would facilitate second language learning. The paper also discusses how the English as a second language teachers could overcome the difficulty in teaching English vocabulary in context through the use of the corpora. The paper hypothesizes that use of corpora will facilitate second language learning by contextualizing the taught vocabulary and providing a real discourse.

Table of Contents:
Definition of the Problem
Importance of the Study
Research Objectives
Research Hypothesis
Literature Review
Computer-based Corpus
Applying Vocabulary
Current Knowledge of Corpus Benefits
Data Analysis
Validity and Reliability
Scope and Limitations

From the Paper:

"The scope of the study is to measure whether there is significant benefit in using corpus based materials over traditional methods for second language vocabulary learning. It is acknowledged that there are various limitations which the study must impose. The first of these is that the study is limited only to the one language school, and although there are a spectrum of students who attend the school, the results of the study may not translate into identical results when the study is taken outside of the school. In order to assess whether current curriculum structure should incorporate such methods outside of the language school in which the study is conducted it may be necessary to conduct a much large longitudinal study, involving several language schools in different areas."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Benson, (2001) Teaching and Researching Autonomy in Language Learning. Harlow, Essex: Longman.
  • Dam-Jensen, H. and Zethsen, K.K. (2007) Pragmatic patterns and the lexical system - A reassessment of evaluation in language. Journal of Pragmatics, 39, pp. 1608-1623.
  • Flowerdew, J. (1993) An educational, or process, approach to the teaching of professional genres. ELT Journal, 4, pp. 305-316.
  • Granger, S. (2004) Learner Corpus Research: Current Status and Future Prospects. In U. Connor and T. Upton (Eds.) Applied Corpus Linguistics: A Multidimensional Perspective
  • Henry, A. (2007) Evaluating language learners' response to web-based, data-driven, genre teaching materials. English for Specific Purposes, doi: 10.1016/j.esp.2007.01.003.

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