304 pages | 11 B/W Illus.
Corpus Perspectives on the Spoken Models used by EFL Teachers illustrates the key principles and practical guidelines for the design and exploitation of corpora for classroom-based research. Focusing on the nature of the spoken English used by L2 teachers, which serves as an implicit target model for learners alongside the curriculum model, this book brings an innovative perspective to the on-going academic debate concerning the models of spoken English that are taught today. Based on research carried out in the EFL classroom in Ireland, this book:
Drawing on a corpus of 60,000 words and highlighting strategies and techniques that can be applied by researchers and teachers to their own research context, this book is key reading for all pre- and in-service teachers of EFL as well as researchers in this field.
"This is a timely and well-researched book on how a multidisciplinary approach to corpus linguistics can be used to illuminate the target models of English that are used by teachers in the English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom context, especially at a time when standard British/American norms are being challenged. The book convincingly argues that suitable target models of English for EFL pedagogy should include more varieties, and especially varieties used by EFL teachers ‘at the chalk face’."
Thomas S.C. Farrell, Brock University, Canada
"With its combination of corpus-based, discourse-analytic and SLA approaches, this book not only brings fresh insights to the debates around suitable target varieties for ELT, but is also an invaluable resource for teacher education and professional development."
Thomas Morton, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Introduction and Overview of the Book
Chapter 1 – The Changing English Landscape
Chapter 2 – Spoken English: New Issues and Perspectives
Chapter 3 – Changing Target Models in the EFL Classroom
Chapter 4 – Teacher talk as an Implicit Target Model and Strategic Tool
Chapter 5 – Research Approach and Design
Chapter 6 – Findings and Analysis: Teacher Language Attitudes
Chapter 7 – Corpus Analysis and Findings: Frequencies and Distribution
Chapter 8 – Corpus Analysis and Findings: Classroom Contexts and Communicative Role/s
Chapter 9: Pedagogical Implications and Conclusions
The Routledge Applied Corpus Linguistics Series is a series of monograph studies exhibiting cutting-edge research in the field of corpus linguistics.
Corpus linguistics is one of the most dynamic and rapidly developing areas of the field of language studies and it is difficult to see a future for empirical language research where results are not replicable by reference to corpus data. The aim of the series is to showcase the latest research in the field of applied language studies where corpus findings are at the forefront of the research.
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