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Corpus Linguistics for English Teachers

Tools, Online Resources, and Classroom Activities, 1st Edition

By Eric Friginal


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Corpus Linguistics for English Teachers: New Tools, Online Resources, and Classroom Activities describes Corpus Linguistics (CL) and its many relevant, creative, and engaging applications to language teaching and learning for teachers and practitioners in TESOL and ESL/EFL, and graduate students in applied linguistics. English language teachers, both novice and experienced, can benefit from the list of new tools, sample lessons, and resources as well as the introduction of topics and themes that connect CL constructs to established theories in language teaching and second language acquisition. Key topics discussed include:

• CL and the teaching of English vocabulary, grammar, and spoken-written academic discourse;

• new tools, online resources, and classroom activities; and

• focus on the "English teacher as a corpus-based researcher."

With ready-to-use teaching vignettes, tips and step-by-step guides, case studies with practitioner interviews, and discussion of corpora and corpus tools, Corpus Linguistics for English Teachers is a thoughtfully designed and skillfully executed resource, bridging theory with practice for anyone looking to understand and apply corpus-based tools dynamically in the language learning classroom.


"This is an excellent volume overall, and provides a valuable resource for both novice and experi-enced English language teachers as well as graduate students in applied linguistics."

- Lynne Flowerdew, Birkbeck College, University of London, TESOL Quarterly

Table of Contents

Part A

Corpus Linguistics for English Teachers: Overview, Definitions, and Scope

A1. Corpus Linguistic for English Teachers: An Introduction

A1.1. Corpus Linguistic and Pedagogy

A1.2. What is a Corpus?

A1.3. So, what is Corpus Linguistics?

A1.4. Corpora: Types and Descriptions

A1.5. Historical Overview of Corpus Linguistics

A1.6. How to Use this Book

A1.7. CL Limitations and Future Directions

A2. Connections: CL and Instructional Technology, CALL, and Data-Driven Learning

A2.1. CL and Instructional Technology

A2.2. CL and Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

A2.3. CL and Data-Driven Learning (DDL)

A3. Analyzing and Visualizing English Using Corpora

A3.1. Linguistic Analysis of Corpora

A3.2. CL and Visualization of Linguistic Data

Part B

Tools, Corpora, and Online Resources

B1. Corpora and Online Databases

B1.1. Written Learner Corpora

B1.2. Spoken Learner Corpora

B1.3. Spoken-Written Academic Corpora

B1.4. Varieties of English

B1.5. Online Collections

B2. Collecting Your Own (Teaching) Corpus

B2.1. Corpus Collection Process

B2.2. Collecting Written Texts

B2.3. Collecting Spoken Texts

B3. Corpus Tools, Online Resources, and an Annotated Bibliography of Recent Studies

B3.1. Online Directories, Facebook Groups, and MOOCs

B3.2. Corpus Annotation and Mark-Up: Taggers/Parsers

B3.3. Other CL Tools (and where to find them) Online

B3.4. Annotated Bibliography of CL Studies

Part C

Corpus-Based Lessons and Activities in the Classroom

C1. Developing CL-Based Lessons and Activities: An Introduction

C1.1. CL for an EAP Course: A Case Study

C2. CL and Vocabulary Instruction

C2.1. Identifying and Analyzing Vocabulary from Authentic Materials in an ESP Class

C2.2. Using a Concordancer for Vocabulary Learning with Pre-Intermediate EFL Students

C2.3. Implementing the Frequency-Based VocabProfile Tool from LexTutor

C3. CL and Grammar Instruction

C3.1. Analyzing Verb Usage: A Concodancing Homework

C3.2. Developing Corpus-Based Materials: Past or Past Progressive with Telicity

C3.3. Quantifiers in Spoken and Academic Registers

C3.4. Teaching Linking Adverbials in an English for (Legal) Specific Purposes Course

C3.5. AntConc Lesson on Transitions for an Intermediate Writing Class

C3.6. "The Explorer’s Journal:" A Long-Term, Corpus Exploration Project for ELLs

C4. CL and Teaching Spoken/Written Discourse

C4.1. Using COCA to Answer the Question on Everyone's Lips

C4.2. Using Text Lex Compare to Examine the Language of Political Speeches

C4.3. An Eight-Week Corpus-Based Writing Course for Academic Professionals

C4.4. Incorporating a Corpus-Based Text Visualization Program in the Writing Classroom

About the Author

Eric Friginal is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL, and Director of International Programs, College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia State University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General