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Title: Raising teachers' awareness of corpora
Author: Ana Frankenberg-Garcia
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Homepage: http://anafrankenberg.synthasite.com/
Institution: University of Surrey
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Abstract: The last couple of decades have seen a dramatic increase in corpus availability and a steady growth in the number of supporters of the use of corpora in language teaching. Yet there still seems to be a long way to go before corpora can be understood and used by language teachers in general. Novice corpus users often fail to grasp that corpora do not work in the same way as the more familiar language learning resources – such as dictionaries, grammar books and textbooks – that they are accustomed to using. I therefore propose a series of task-based, consciousness-raising exercises to help teachers (who are not corpus linguists) understand the basics of corpora. The tasks proposed are not about learning how to use a specific corpus or software, but about learning how to use corpora in general.

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This article appears IN Language Teaching Vol. 45, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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