Successful Spoken English: Findings from Learner Corpora, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Successful Spoken English

Findings from Learner Corpora, 1st Edition

By Christian Jones, Shelley Byrne, Nicola Halenko


176 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Successful Spoken English demonstrates how spoken learner corpora can be used to define and explore the constituents of successful spoken English. Taking the approach that language learners can speak effectively whilst still using some non-standard forms, this book:

  • Examines databases of transcribed speech from learners at each different CEFR level to analyse what makes a successful speaker of English;
  • Discusses features of communicative competence, including the use of linguistic strategies, organisation of extended stretches of speech, and sensitivity to context;
  • Demonstrates quantitative and qualitative data analysis using corpus tools, looking at areas such as word frequency;
  • Helps to reassess the goals of language learners and teachers, and provides recommendations for teaching practice and for further research.

Successful Spoken English is key reading for postgraduate students of TESOL and Applied Linguistics, as well as for pre- and in-service English language teachers.

Table of Contents

  1. What is a successful speaker of English?
  2. Linguistic competence
  3. Strategic competence
  4. Discourse competence
  5. Pragmatic competence
  6. Conclusion

About the Authors

Christian Jones is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Liverpool, UK.

Shelley Byrne is Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Nicola Halenko is Senior Lecturer in English Language Teaching at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Applied Corpus Linguistics

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.

This series was co-founded by Ronald Carter (1947-2018).

If you are interested in contributing to this series, please contact the Series Editors, Michael McCarthy and Anne O’Keeffe (


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