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1st Edition

Corpus Linguistics for ELT
Research and Practice

ISBN 9781315715537
Published March 27, 2015 by Routledge
230 Pages

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Book Description

Corpus Linguistics for ELT provides a practical guide to undertaking ELT-related corpus research. Aimed at researchers, advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of ELT and TESOL, and English language teachers, this volume:

  • covers corpus research in the main areas of language study relevant to ELT: grammar, lexis, ESP, spoken grammar and discourse;
  • presents a review of relevant corpus research in these areas, and discusses the implications of this research for ELT;
  • suggests potential ELT-focused corpus research projects, and equips the reader with all the required tools and techniques to carry them out;
  • deals with the growing area of learner corpora and direct classroom application of corpus material.

Corpus Linguistics for ELT empowers and inspires readers to carry out their own ELT corpus research, and will allow them in turn to make a significant contribution to corpus-informed ELT pedagogy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Building a corpus

3. Corpora and Lexis

4. Corpus research and grammar

5. Spoken corpus research

6. Corpora and the Classroom

7. Corpora and ESP

8. Corpora in perspective

9. Summary and Conclusion


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Ivor Timmis is Reader in English Language Teaching at Leeds Beckett University. His research interests lie in the relationship corpus linguistics and ELT, the focus of his three articles in ELT Journal. He is also working on an historical spoken corpus with data from the late 1930s in his home town, Bolton.


"This book offers language teachers a comprehensive overview of the field of corpus linguistics and demonstrates how corpora can be used in a principled and motivating way in the classroom. The book draws on the author’s extensive experience and is written in a clear and engaging style. It is sure to be of enormous value to teachers, teacher educators and anyone with an interest in corpus linguistics."
Steve Walsh, Newcastle University, UK



"Written by an experienced language teacher, Corpus Linguistics for ELT is a fresh, accessible, hands-on introduction to using corpora in pedagogical settings. It is particularly suited for the teaching corpus novice who wants to know what a data-rich approach may have to offer to her or his classroom practice."
Ute Römer, Georgia State University, USA