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Corpus work with ordinary teachers: Data-driven learning activities
Corpus work with ordinary teachers: Data-driven learning activities

Author(s): Henry Tyne
Subject(s): Education, Language acquisition, Methodology and research technology, Philology
Published by: Masarykova univerzita
Keywords: data-driven learning; corpus building; spoken corpora; everyday teaching practice;
Summary/Abstract: This paper presents findings from experimental uses of corpora for language teaching in secondary school education in France. Working alongside two teachers of Spanish, we identified specific learning outcomes in pedagogical sequences and looked at how corpus use could be brought into their schemes of work with a view to facilitating the attainment of these. In each case, the teachers felt that their task had been made easier, insofar as the enquiry methods or techniques allowed them to carry out their work more efficiently. Such approaches to corpus use in language teaching are found to be compatible with the existing practices of ordinary language teachers. However, they do bring into question the idea of corpus work necessarily involving large, end-state electronic corpora.

  • Page Range: 136-151
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: English