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Title: From Pedagogically Relevant Corpora to Authentic Language Learning Contents
Paper URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=REC&volumeId=17&issueId=01
Author: Sabine Braun
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Homepage: http://www.sabine-braun.net
Institution: University of Surrey
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Abstract: The potential of corpora for language learning and teaching has been widely acknowledged and their ready availability on the Web has facilitated access for a broad range of users, including language teachers and learners. However, the integration of corpora into general language learning and teaching practice has so far been disappointing. In this paper, I will argue that the shape of many existing corpora, designed with linguistic research goals in mind, clashes with pedagogic requirements for corpus design and use. Hence, a ‘pedagogic mediation of corpora’ is required (cf. Widdowson, 2003). I will also show that the realisation of this requirement touches on both the development of appropriate corpora and the ways in which they are exploited by learners and teachers./L//L/I will use a small English Interview Corpus (ELISA) to outline possible solutions for a pedagogic mediation. The major aspect of this is the combination of two approaches to the analysis and exploitation of a pedagogically relevant corpus: a corpus-based and a discourse-based approach.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: ReCALL 17:1, 47-64.
URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=REC&volumeId=17&issueId=01


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