Corpora as Tools for Self-Driven Learning: A Corpus-Based ESP Course

Corpora as Tools for Self-Driven Learning: A Corpus-Based ESP Course

Reka R. Jablonkai (University of Hertfordshire, UK) and Neva Čebron (University of Primorska, Slovenia)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 25
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1689-7.ch018
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Abstract

Can EFL students be profitably introduced to compilation of DIY corpora for various ESP domains even at the undergraduate level? How can they benefit from self-directed exploitation of language corpora at such an early stage? What language skills can a corpus-based ESP course enhance? This chapter discusses the advantages and limitations of a structured approach to pedagogical corpus consultation and corpora as self-directed learning tools as applied in an innovative corpus-based ESP course. A multifaceted enquiry of students' assessment and perception of the course - initial feedback, questionnaire, and focus group – was conducted. Results indicate that although students perceived corpus use as a complex activity, their attitude to the corpus approach was positive and they recognised the benefits of corpora as self-directed tools. Suggestions for further improvements of such practices are also discussed.
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Corpora, Esp, And Learner Autonomy

Two features of exploitation of language corpora in the language learning classroom are central to this research, namely, the compilation of small DIY corpora and a hands-on analysis of data retrievable from such corpora in order to enhance linguistic insights into various ESP domains.

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